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Mariners Game Central – May 10 vs. Kansas City

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Game #36: Seattle Mariners (18-17) vs. Kansas City Royals (17-18) | 6:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (2-0, 3.03) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (2-1, 2.00)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Royals | Mariners-Royals History

Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Here is tonight’s game information:

Mr. 5000: Producer-Engineer Kevin Cremin

Cremin In Booth

When the Mariners play the Kansas City Royals on Friday evening at Safeco Field, it will mark the 5,000th game that Kevin Cremin has produced and engineered for the Mariners Radio Network since he joined the organization in 1983.

He has been mentioned so many times on the air that he is more often referred to in the Northwest as “Producer-Engineer Kevin Cremin” that he is as “Kevin Cremin.”  A quick story: In the late 1980s, his sister Kate couldn’t find his phone number on New Year’s Day, so she called information in Seattle.  She asked for a number for Kevin Cremin.  The operator asked her, “Do you mean producer-engineer Kevin Cremin?”

Kevin Cremin is always up for a good meal with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith.

Kevin Cremin is always up for a good meal with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith.

It is appropriate that the Mariners are playing the Royals this weekend.  Kevin is a lifelong baseball fan.  As a native of Tulsa, OK, he followed several Major League teams, but Kansas City was nearest team and where he was able to see games in person while growing up.  And it was in Kansas City in 1982 where he was asked by the late Grayle Howlett of KVI Radio to go and assist with the Mariners radio broadcast on the road.

For both Mariners trips to Kansas City in 1982, Kevin covered the pregame and postgame interviews in the clubhouse, researched some stats for the late Dave Niehaus and Ken Wilson, and recommended some local restaurants.  Dave was so impressed by Kevin’s work and knowledge of the game that when the season ended, he called to ask if he knew how to produce and engineer radio broadcasts.

Kevin’s honest answer was “no.”  But Dave and then-GM of KVI Shannon Sweatte were so intrigued by his baseball savvy and love of the game that they determined Kevin could learn how to engineer a broadcast and get the show on the air.  The last 32 years proved they were correct.

Cremin in Texas

Things happened fast for Kevin.  He married Margaret on February 15, 1983.  A few days later they loaded up a U-haul and drove from Oklahoma to Seattle where he was taught to use the equipment.  Three days later he headed to Tempe, AZ, for his first spring training broadcast with Dave Niehaus and his brand new partner, Rick Rizzs.  Seattle has been his home ever since.  It’s where he and Margaret raised their wonderful daughters Colleen and Kate.

Producer-engineer Kevin Cremin still loves coming to the ballpark every day.  Around American League ballparks his name is synonymous with Seattle Mariners.  Over the years he has also become the go-to guy for restaurant recommendations in every town.  He loves to eat and loves to talk about food, which led to his weekly feature in the Mariners Sunday Magazine show, “Road Eats,” as he shares stories about restaurants and their signature entrees.

Kevin Cremin has been with the Mariners organization since 1983.

Kevin Cremin has been with the Mariners organization since 1983.

Kevin went to the University of Oklahoma and remains a huge Sooners fan.  From his Dad, he also was a fan of Notre Dame football.  But we don’t hold those things against him.

The Mariners radio games moved from KVI to KIRO to KOMO and back to KIRO.  While the flagship station has changed over the years, the producer-engineer has remained the same.

Congratulations to Kevin Cremin as we celebrate his 5,000th game and his dedication to Mariners Baseball.  “Let’s eat.”

Mariners Game Central – May 4 at Houston

Sunday Mariners Line-up

Sunday Mariners Line-up

Game #29: Seattle Mariners (13-15) vs. Houston Astros (10-20) | 1:10 pm CT/11:10 am PT | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 6.75) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (2-0, 0.59)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners Game Central – May 3 at Houston Astros

Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Minute Maid Park (1:10 pm PT/3:10 pm CT)
Seattle Mariners (12-15)   Houston Astros (10-19)
Player   Player
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF   27 Jose Altuve 2B
7 Stefen Romero RF   21 Dexter Fowler (S) CF
22 Robinson Cano (L) 2B   15 Jason Castro (L) C
27 Corey Hart DH   30 Matt Dominguez 3B
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B   18 Marc Krauss (L) 1B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B   23 Chris Carter DH
16 Cole Gillespie LF   8 Alex Presley (L) RF
5 Brad Miller (L) SS   9 Marwin Gonzalez LF
3 Mike Zunino C   6 Jonathan Villar (S) SS
Starting Pitcher   Starting Pitcher
18 Hisashi Iwakuma (‘14 debut) RHP   60 Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 3.56) LHP

 

Mariners Record Breakdown
Overall Home Road Day Night X-Inning Last 10
12-15 5-6 7-9 3-4 9-11 0-2 4-6

 

Game #28: Seattle Mariners (12-15) vs. Houston Astros (10-19) | 3:10 pm CT/1:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1st 2014 GS) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 3.56)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners Game Central – May 2 at Houston Astros

Tonight's Line-up

Tonight’s Line-up

Game #27: Seattle Mariners (11-14) vs. Houston Astros (9-19) | 7:10 pm CT/5:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.40) vs. RHP Brad Peacock (0-2, 5.95)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners and Yankees Rained Out

Mariners Logo

The  Mariners game vs. the Yankees tonight has been cancelled due to inclement weather (pouring rain in Manhattan) and rescheduled for Monday, June 2, 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Yankee Stadium. The two teams will play their regularly scheduled game tomorrow, Thursday, May 1, at 7:05 pm (ET)/4:05 pm (PT).

This is the first Seattle rainout in New York City since June 7, 2003, when Seattle was rained out while visiting the Mets, and the first rainout at the Yankees since May 18, 1988. It is the sixth overall rainout in New York, five vs. the Yankees and one vs. the Mets.

This is Seattle’s second rainout of the season. The Mariners had a game postponed due to poor field conditions on April 4 at Oakland. That game will be made up as the second game of a doubleheader on the final day of this trip, Wednesday, May 7 at Oakland.

The Mariners (11-14) are winners of 4 of their last 5 games, and will start LHP Roenis Elias tomorrow night. The Yankees will start RHP Hiroki Kuroda. RHP Felix Hernandez will now start Friday’s series opener at Houston.

Wish Granted

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Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Make-A-Wish, is featured in a new book released this week called Wish Granted. The book, written by best-selling author and Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger, is about the personal experiences of 25 top athletes who have fulfilled wishes through the Make-A-Wish program.

In the book, Griffey talks about how he has been touched by the Wish kids he has met, especially as a Major League rookie not that much older than the kids. One boy, named Michael, who received a jersey from Griffey, was later buried in the jersey when he died.

Over the years, Griffey granted dozens of Wishes to children facing life-threatening illness. He never said no. No matter what else he was doing, Ken would drop everything and spend as much time with the child as possible.

Griffey is featured in the book along with such sports luminaries as Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Kurt Warner, Danica Patrick, and Grant Hill.

The book is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit Make-A-Wish programs across the country.

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Cano’s busy off day in New York

Robinson Cano had a very eventful Monday, his first day back in New York since joining the Seattle Mariners.

First, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where in addition to a sit-down interview, they taped a bit in Bryant Park in which unsuspecting Yankee fans booed a cardboard cutout of Cano before realizing that Cano was in fact standing behind it.

After taping the Tonight Show, Cano went straight to the MLB Fan Cave, where he was the featured guest and executive producer for this week’s “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave” on MTV2 (airing tonight at 11pm ET/PT). In addition to an interview with Sway, Cano showed off his dance moves with Melanie Iglesias.

The episode also features a segment shot earlier this month in Seattle, in which Cano learns to throw fish at the famed Pike Place Market: http://atmlb.com/1iw3GVy

 

Kyle Seager Named AL Co-Player of the Week

Seager POW

Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been named the American League Co-Player of the Week for April 21-27 along with Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

Seager hit .409 (9×22) with 8 runs, 5 home runs, 11 RBI with a 1.549 OPS in 6 games. He recorded four straight multi-hit efforts and hit a home run in three games including two-multi home run games (April 23 vs. Houston & 27 vs. Texas). Over his last 13 games he is hitting .304 (14×46) with 9 runs, 1 double, 5 home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.012 OPS. On Wednesday, he accounted for all five Mariners runs in a 5-3 win including a two-run home run in the seventh inning and a walk-off three-run shot in the 9th inning that gave him a career-high 5 RBI. Seager homered on Saturday against Texas before hitting two more on Sunday against the Rangers including the go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Sunday.

During the week, he was tied for the American League lead with five home runs and ranked third with 11 RBI while leading the Majors with a 1.091 slugging percentage and a 1.549 OPS.

This is Kyle’s first career weekly honor, and it is the first Player of the Week honor for the Mariners since Brad Miller earned the honor on July 22, 2013.

Mariners PR Visits The Elias Sports Bureau

John Labombarda and Seymour Siwoff of the Elias Sports Bureau are presented with a Mariners jersey of Roenis Elias.

John Labombarda and Seymour Siwoff of the Elias Sports Bureau are presented with a Mariners jersey of Roenis Elias.

On an off day in New York City, we had a chance to go visit our good friend at the Elias Sports Bureau, who are headquartered near Bryant Park.

The Elias Sports Bureau is the official statistician for Major League Baseball, and provides historical research and statistical services in the field of professional sports. In 1913, Al Munro Elias and his brother Walter established the Al Munro Elias Bureau in New York City. A tireless staff, led by Seymour Siwoff, pour over virtually every sports statistic known to man to come up with many great notes that you see daily on broadcasts and in the paper. You can also follow their widely popular Elias Says feature on ESPN.com.

We work with Elias on a lot of the tougher statistical questions and they can check their vast database of baseball statistics that extends back to the late 1800′s. Whether they help us confirm that Felix Hernandez was the first pitcher dating back to 1900 to record 7 Opening Day starts before his 28th birthday or how many times the Mariners have had three consecutive team wins in the final at-bat.

One of the main reasons for our stop was to deliver The Bureau an authentic Mariners #29 jersey of Roenis Elias. Of all the players in baseball history, Roenis is the first player with the last name Elias. Hopefully the jersey will find a home on the walls of the Elias Sports Bureau’s offices.

Our good friend, John Labombarda the director of research at Elias Sports Bureau, showed us how their system works for finding a special statistics. We tasked him to help us find how many Mariners players have hit as many as 5 home runs over a 4-game stretch, which is the current streak for Kyle Seager. After a few inputs on a custom-designed system, he was able to show me the following data, which show Kyle in elite company for his recent longball surge:

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