Be sure to tune in tonight to the MLB Network at 7 pm PT to get an inside look at the 2015 Mariners and preview their upcoming season with 30 Clubs in 30 Days during MLB Tonight. Former Major Leaguer Sean Casey was in camp this morning conducting interviews with Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Rickie Weeks, Kyle Seager, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Taijuan Walker to name just a few. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik also did a live interview with the High Heat (video below).
In a role filled with hopes and dreams, Will Ferrell played one inning in the field each for the Mariners (2B) and Athletics (SS). Ferrell participated in pre-game workouts with the A’s and took the field in the top of the first inning at shortstop. He was traded to the Mariners after the first inning and appeared at second base (replacing Willie Bloomquist).
Here are some fun photos from his time in a Mariners uniform:
The stint is part of a day that will see Will at five different spring training ballparks in Arizona as production begins on a new HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball. Dedicating the special to the fight against cancer, Ferrell is also honoring the historic feat of Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field, and maybe some off the field, for ten different teams in the same day.
In addition to the Mariners-A’s game, Ferrell is scheduled to appear in the games featuring the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m.; Cincinnati Reds-Arizona Diamondbacks at 2:10 p.m., San Francisco Giants-Chicago White Sox at 4:05 p.m.; and Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres at 6:15 p.m.
The Mariners presented our annual financial report to the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (also known as the PFD) at the PFD’s quarterly board meeting on Monday. Based on increased attendance (over two-million fans in 2014) and other revenue gains, the Mariners made $11.6 million in 2014. (Here’s a link to a story Greg Johns posted on mariners.com.)
In 2013, the Mariners lost $3.6 million.
Per our lease for Safeco Field, the Mariners file an annual financial report with our landlords, the PFD. One of the lease provisions includes a commitment by the Mariners to share team profits with the PFD once the Mariners’ losses of over $200 million accumulated from July 1, 1995-October 31, 1999 are recovered.
Through 2014, the “cumulative net loss” had been reduced from over $200 million to $30.9 million. That’s a reduction of 85%. When that number hits zero, the Mariners will share 10% of the team’s annual team profits with the PFD.
Since this ownership group bought the franchise in 1992, there has never been a distribution of team profits to individual members of the ownership group.
Spring #7: Seattle Mariners (3-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (2-3-1) | 1:05 pm | Peoria Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-0, -.–)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: Live broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with Dave Sims and Mike Blowers calling the action
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Want to see what a monster home run looks like? Well, Mariners left fielder Rickie Weeks hit a home run over the 40-foot “Blue Monster” in center field at Peoria Stadium.
Robinson Cano is gearing up his RC22 Foundation presence in Seattle with a Latin-themed fundraiser on June 3, at the Paramount Theater.
Canoche, as the event is called, will feature a live orchestral performance, dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit the foundation.
The mission of RC22 is to “positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally.”
Since it was created in 2010, Cano’s foundation has focused on youth development and community health care in his native Dominican Republic. The latest project is the RC22 Dream School, a high quality early childhood educational institution and community center in Cano’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.
Proceeds from Canoche will also benefit charitable organizations in the Seattle area that align with the foundation’s mission of serving youth and communities in need in the areas of education, health and wellness and fitness.
Cano sees this event as a chance to introduce Seattle, his “second home base” to RC22.
“I want to share the work of my Foundation, which develops and expands high quality opportunities for kids in need specifically in the areas of education, wellness and fitness.I also look forward to reaching more disadvantaged youth and communities not only in the Dominican Republic but also here in this beautiful city of Seattle,” said Cano.
Individual tickets for the event won’t be offered until later, but event sponsorship and table packages are available. If you are interested, contact Roc Nation Philanthropy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-497-2066.
To learn more about the RC22 Foundation visit: http://robinsoncanoofficial.com. For additional information be sure to follow Robinson Cano on social media: @RobinsonCano.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 / 33 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Baseball Is Back!:
The Mariners played their Cactus League opener today against the San Diego Padres…more on that later in the blog.
Boomstick Checks In With Brock & Salk:
With Mike Salk and Brock Huard from 710 ESPN Seattle in town, Nelson Cruz made sure to stop by for a few minutes to chat on the radio about the upcoming season. Cruz told them that “there’s no better time to be a Mariner than right now.”
The Bear In The Pen:
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw another bullpen today and is in line to pitch in a game on the 7th in one of the two split-squad games.
Busy Day For The King:
Felix Hernandez had a busy day today. He went about his usual schedule…but he had a production crew following him around everywhere he went. He worked on PFP with the rest of his teammates, then played long-toss in the outfield of Field 6, then warmed up in the bullpen before throwing live BP to some minor leaguers. The media corps, larger than usual, waiting patiently in the dugout.
Taijuan Walker Checks In With ROOT SPORTS:
After tossing two scoreless innings (more on that in a bit), Taijuan Walker jumped on the headset and chatted with Mike Blowers and Dave Sims during the game. Just a reminder, 16 spring training games will be televised, so be sure to tune in to watch the action and the interviews.
Mariners Open Cactus League Play With 4-3 Win Over Padres:
The Seattle Mariners opened Cactus League play with a walk-off 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres in 10 innings Wednesday afternoon at Peoria Stadium. Tyler Marlette scored the game-winning run on a single by Patrick Kivlehan and a fielding error by Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano.
Jesus Montero (2×2), Michael Dowd (2×2) and Kivlehan (2×3) each recorded multi-hit games as the Mariners out-hit the Padres 13-7. D.J. Peterson went 1-for-5 connecting on a solo home run in his first at-bat.
Eight Mariners pitchers combined to allow just a pair of earned runs in the 10-inning game. Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker tossed 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out a pair in his spring debut. Sam Gaviglio (2.0,0,0,0,0,2), David Rollins (1.0,0,0,0,0,0), Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) and Mark Lowe (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) added scoreless outings. Lowe (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning.
The Padres were limited to two hits in the first six innings before Justin Upton led off the 7th inning with a home run off the center field fence. Tommy Medica went 2-for-2 with an RBI coming off the bench.
Here are a few highlights from today’s game:
D.J. Peterson Solo Home Run
Taijuan Walker on his First Spring Start
Mike Dowd Singles In Go-Ahead Run
Mike Dowd RBI Single
Kivlehan Throws Out Turner at Home in the 9th
Marlette’s Scores Game-Winning Run
Mariners March 4 Slideshow:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / 34 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Before We Get Started:
Don’t forget that the Cactus League schedule begins tomorrow and the Mariners game against the Padres will be televised on ROOT SPORTS starting at 12:00 pm Seattle time. It will be replayed at 3:30 pm and 9:00 pm. In all, 16 Mariners games will be televised this spring.
When wandering the halls of the Mariners Spring Training Complex, you never know when two old friends are going to spend some time catching up. Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis walked in to the PR offices and bumped in to play-by-play man extraordinaire Rick Rizzs. The two caught up for a bit before they each got back to work.
Nothing To See Here, Folks:
When you come down to Arizona, you see some things that you wouldn’t normally see when you’re in the lobby. Sometimes, Felix Hernandez might be walking through, you might bump in to a media member, and sometimes you’ll see Mariners prospects just hanging out. This morning, pitchers Richard Vargas and Eddie Campbell were just hanging out in the lobby, catching up on their reading before having a meeting with Farm Director Chris Gwynn.
He Made It! Aaron Goldsmith Has Arrived:
Mariners play-by-play man Aaron Goldsmith arrived in Mariners camp this morning and got situated after flying in last night. If you read the blog yesterday, you saw a picture of Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Dave Sims sitting on the couch…today, it’s pretty lonely on said couch…
If you’ve been down here, you know there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get to interact with some Mariners. Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush made friends with a child climbing the fence, while Alvin Davis also brought a smile to a little ones face.
Danny Hultzen In Action:
Left-hander Danny Hultzen threw to live hitters this morning, facing prospects Austin Cousino, Ian Miller and Tyler Smith. Hultzen told the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish that “It felt good to get back out there again and get those juices going. I hadn’t had that in a while. I hadn’t been out there since last September. It’s just another step going forward.”
Brief Call-Ups for Prospects:
As you saw from the video above, sometimes minor league players are brought up to work on some things with the Major Leaguers. Cousino, Miller and Smith got to face Hultzen, while another group of players got to help the team work on defensive drills. They may be only running the bases and stepping up to the plate for BP, but it’s still fun to see the young guys get on the same field as the Major Leaguers.
NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski arrived in camp today and chatted with The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton and Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits. He seemed focused on asking questions about Felix Hernandez so be on the lookout for his work in the next few days.
Tweet of The Day:
Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Ah, He’s A Funny Guy:
Japanese comedian Zakiyama Yamazaki, one of the most popular funny men in Japan, stopped by camp today to chat with a few players and staff. He met pitching coach Rick Waits in the morning during stretch, chatted it up with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano & Nelson Cruz after workouts and then interviewed Hisashi Iwakuma to complete his day.
Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session, Dominic Leone threw to live hitters, hitters took live and normal batting practice and pitchers worked on PFP. It was a short but productive day for the entire roster.
ESPN The Magazine Photo Shoot:
Felix Hernandez took part in an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot after workouts today. Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look at the shoot itself.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes was in Mariners camp today to check in with some of the Mariners Latin stars. Be on the lookout for his work in the next few days to see his report on the Mariners.
Tweet of the Day: