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Turn Back the Clock to 1984: Mariners vs. Cardinals

Turn Back the Clock to 1984: Mariners vs. Cardinals
Saturday, June 25 at Safeco Field

When the St. Louis Cardinals come to Safeco Field for a weekend series June 24-25-26 against the Mariners, it will be just the second regular season trip to Seattle for the Cards.  The Mariners won two of three games in 2002.

The Saturday evening game (7:10 pm PT) will be Turn Back the Clock Night, and both teams will be wearing their 1984 uniforms. In the 1980’s, both teams played on Astroturf. And there will definitely be a 1984 theme throughout the ballpark.

’84 Mariners
In 1984, the Mariners had the look of a homegrown team in the franchise’s eighth season, led by two products of the farm system who spent 1983 at the Double A level (Chattanooga).  Rookie first baseman Alvin Davis and starting pitcher Mark Langston joined Spike Owen, Jim Presley, Dave Henderson, Phil Bradley, Matt Young, Mike Moore and Ed VandeBerg as major parts of the club.  In addition, several other products of the minor league system played parts of the season with the Mariners: Dave Valle, Harold Reynolds, Ivan Calderon, Edwin Nunez, and Darnell Coles saw a good amount of playing time.

Alvin was the American League Rookie of the Year (27 HR, 116 RBI), and good friend Mark Langston was the Rookie Pitcher of the Year (17-10 and league-leading 204 strikeouts).

’84 Cardinals
The Cardinals were World Series champions in 1982, and National League champions in 1985 and 1987, but finished third in the National League East in 1984.  The Cards in the ‘80s were built for speed and the Astroturf at Busch Stadium under future Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog.  Led by Lonnie Smith (50 stolen bases), Willie McGee (43 steals) and future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith (35 steals), they stole 220 bases in 1984, far and away the most in MLB.

In addition to Whitey and Ozzie, the Cardinals had a future Hall of Famer in the bullpen.  Bruce Sutter saved 45 games in 1984, the most in MLB.  Joaquin Andujar was their top starter with a 20-14 mark.

Here are the teams’ primary lineups in 1984:

C          Bob Kearney                           C          Darrell Porter

1B        Alvin Davis                              1B        David Greene

2B        Jack Perconte                         2B        Tom Herr

SS         Spike Owen                           SS         Ozzie Smith

3B        Jim Presley                              3B        Terry Pendleton

LF         Barry Bonnell                          LF         Lonnie Smith

CF        Dave Henderson                     CF        Willie McGee

RF        Al Cowens                               RF        George Hendrick

DH       Ken Phelps

 

Mariners Gameday Information – June 19 at Red Sox

Game Information

Lineup

Game #69 (6/19): Mariners (36-32) at Red Sox (38-29) | 10:35 am PT | Fenway Park
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.69) vs. LHP David Price (7-4, 4.52)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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Mariners Gameday Information – June 18 at Red Sox

Game Information

 

Lineup

Game #68 (6/18): Mariners (36-31) at Red Sox (37-29) | 1:05 pm PT | Fenway Park
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Adrian Sampson (MLB Debut) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.81)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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Ken Griffey Jr. appointed MLB Youth Ambassador

IMG_1226“The Kid” has been appointed by Major League Baseball to help grow youth baseball.

MLB and the MLB Players Association on Thursday announced that Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as Youth Ambassador.

In his role as Youth Ambassador, Griffey will serve as an advisory and spokesman for a variety of baseball and softball initiatives by MLB and MLBPA. He’ll also appear in instructional and promotional videos and attend special events, camps, clinics and tournaments. So far, he’s scheduled to attend the 2016 All-Star Week events, the Elite Development Invitational at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, and the RBI World Series in Cincinnati.

Griffey said: “I’m excited to be joining the Players Association and Major League Baseball as Youth Ambassador, and I look forward to using my passion for the game to help inspire and encourage children to play baseball. I have loved the sport for as long as I can remember because it’s fun to play, and I’m going to do my best to share that with kids.”

Griffey’s appointment is part of MLB and the Players Association’s commitment to work together to grow youth baseball and softball across the U.S. and Canada.

The announcement included a donation of nearly $2 million to youth baseball projects supported by Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and former All-Stars Marquis Grissom and John Franco.

MLB and the Players Association have pledged $30 million to support the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across North America. Additionally, the initiative aims to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation in baseball and softball and help youth, including those from underserved communities, strengthen connections to the game.

Mariners Gameday Information – June 15 at Tampa Bay

Game Information

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Game #65 (6/15): Mariners (34-30) at Rays (30-32) | 4:10 pm PT | Tropicana Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Nathan Karns  (5-2, 4.09) vs. LHP Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.94)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Rays | Mariners-Rays History

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Mariners Gameday Information – June 14 at Tampa Bay

Game Information

Lineup

Game #64 (6/14): Mariners (34-29) at Rays (29-32) | 4:10 pm PT | Tropicana Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.48) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.47)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rays | Mariners-Rays History

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Mariners Michael Hilburn Recognized as Emerging Leader In Venue Management

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He started his career with the Mariners in 2005 at the age of 17. Now, Michael Hilburn has been recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers Foundation as one of the emerging leaders in the field.

Hilburn has been named one of 30 Under 30 honorees by the IAVMF. According to a news release, the program is “designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the venue management industry by recognizing emerging leaders—and their talents—which help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.”

When Hilburn started at the Mariners he was part of the Fielders program, which is made up of high school and college age kids. They are assigned to various jobs around the ballpark such as handing out bobbleheads at gates, escorting the Moose, staffing the Children’s Playfield, the speed pitch or manning the hand-operated scoreboard during games.

Hilburn progressed through the ranks until 2011, when he was hired by the Mariners as a full-time Event Manager. In that role he coordinated various non-baseball events at Safeco Field such as luncheons and corporate functions. Next stop was Ballpark Events Operations, where he managed non-game events and oversaw the Fielders program. Today, Hilburn is Senior Manager of Ballpark Event Operations, where he is responsible for game day and non-game ballpark operations, and oversees the hundreds of employees who staff Safeco Field for games and other events.

In the meantime, Hilburn earned a degree in Political Science at the University of Washington. “It was really good to get a degree and go through the process. I thought that’s what I wanted to do, but this job showed me I have a passion for something different,” said Hilburn.

Hilburn and the other members of the 30 Under 30 Class of 2016 will be honored on July 25 at the IAVM’s annual conference in Minneapolis.

Mariners Gameday Information – June 12 vs. Texas

Game Information

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Game #63 (6/12): Rangers (38-24) vs. Mariners (34-28) | 1:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.32) vs. LHP Wade Miley (6-2, 5.27)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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Mariners Sign First Round Draft Pick Kyle Lewis

Lewis-1Welcome to Seattle, Kyle Lewis.

Just after 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners selected Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound outfielder from Mercer University, with the 11th overall pick in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Less than 48 hours later, Lewis was at Safeco Field to sign his contract and join the Mariners for batting practice prior to their game vs. the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

“We are thrilled to have Kyle in the organization,” Mariners scouting director Tom McNamara said at this afternoon’s news conference. “We’re looking forward to seeing him play and be a part of the Mariners organization and the community.”

After signing his contract, Lewis spent some time in the Mariners clubhouse before taking the field for batting practice.

“It was unbelievable,” Lewis said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life, being able to walk into the clubhouse, meet the guys and be around them… Everybody was welcoming. So for me, it was just an unbelievable experience.”

In his recently-completed junior season at Mercer, Lewis hit .395 (88×223) with 20 home runs and 72 RBI, earning Baseball America’s College Player of the Year award. Lewis was 2nd in the nation with a program-record 66 walks and ranked 15th nationally in batting (.395), 5th in on-base percentage (.535) and tied-for-4th in runs (70).

A native of Snelville, GA., Lewis is eager to begin his professional career with the Mariners.

“I have a lot of confidence in my ability and what I’m able to bring to the team,” Lewis said. “I can’t wait to get working and get it going.”

Lewis didn’t have to wait long to step into the cage and take some cuts at Safeco Field.

Area scout John Wiedenbauer spent much of the spring watching Lewis dominate the Southern Conference for Mercer. In addition to posting 33 extra-base hits (11 doubles, 2 triples and 20 home runs), Lewis compiled a 48-game on-base streak and tallied 27 multi-hit games this season.

“It seemed like every game I went to go see him, it seemed like he was hitting the ball out of the park,” said Wiedenbauer, who scouted and signed Lewis. “We were pretty excited about him all year.”

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Mariners Gameday Information – June 11 vs. Rangers

Game InformationGame #62 (6/11): Rangers (37-24) vs. Mariners (34-27) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Colby Lewis (5-0, 3.20) vs. LHP James Paxton (0-2, 3.72)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Rangers | Mariners-Rangers History

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06.11 Lineup TEX-SEA

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