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Watch Charlie Furbush on The [206] Tonight

Charlie Furbush with Pat Cashman and Chris Cashman.

Charlie Furbush with Pat Cashman and Chris Cashman.

Left-handed relief pitcher Charlie Furbush will make his comedic TV debut tonight (technically Sunday morning) as a guest of The [206] TV show following Saturday Night Live (on NBC/King 5).

Furbush joins Seattle comedians Pat Cashman, Chris Cashman and Dylan Avila on the show. Be sure to tune in to watch Charlie!

MLB, MLBPA Announce Education Initiative with USAID in the Dominican Republic

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today a partnership with the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on education in the Dominican Republic.

The program will concentrate primarily on education in the Dominican Republic, in addition to initiatives supporting children with disabilities and combating domestic violence.

“Improving education has consistently been one of the primary goals of Major League Baseball’s efforts in the Dominican Republic,” said Ng.  “It is essential for the future of our game to provide these young players with the opportunity to develop in vital areas away from the diamond.  We are encouraged that the launch of this program with USAID and the Players Association will continue to strengthen Baseball’s educational initiatives in the Dominican Republic and build upon the progress we have made thus far.”

“The people of the Dominican Republic hold a special place in the hearts of all Major League baseball players,” stated MLBP Executive Director Tony Clark.  “With so many of our members calling the Dominican Republic home, it is an honor to join with Major League Baseball and USAID to provide funding that will help improve the lives of children and their families throughout the country.”

“Playing professional baseball requires dedication, sacrifice and lots and lots of practice,” said Ambassador Brewster. “This partnership with MLB and the MLBPA allows the people of the United States to share these values with young people throughout the Dominican Republic.”

“The partnership with Dominican baseball superstars will help USAID reach thousands of at-risk youth and encourage them to graduate high school, granting them more job opportunities,” said Feierstein.  “We also want to support the Dominican Government’s efforts to enable all children, irrelevant of need, to attend school, and help parents to provide a healthy home environment.”

Mariners players Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are very involved through community service to improve education in their native country.


Go Seahawks!


Today is Blue Friday in Seattle, as most of the city is eagerly anticipating Sunday’s big Super Bowl match-up between the Seahawks and Patriots. We are pulling for our neighbors to bring home a second consecutive Super Bowl victory. Go Seahawks!

Mariners Sign Catcher John Baker to Minor League Deal

New Mariners catcher John Baker.

New Mariners catcher John Baker.

The Mariners have signed catcher John Baker to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Baker, 34, appeared in 68 games for the Chicago Cubs last season as the backup catcher, the most games he has played since a career-high 112 games with the Marlins in 2009. He hit .192 (35×182) with 7 doubles and 15 RBI with the Cubs.

He has played in 359 Major League games over seven seasons with the Florida/Miami Marlins (2008-2011), San Diego Padres (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the 2002 June Draft out of the University of California-Berkeley.

Baker is also part of a possible trivia question, as he recorded the pitching win and scored the game-winning run in a 16-inning game July 29 vs. Colorado. He became the first Cubs true position player to earn a win since Fred Pfeffer in 1885.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 58 players (40 roster, 18 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 7 catchers (4 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster).

Manfred’s Takes Over as Major League Baseball Commissioner

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Yesterday was the first official day for new Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Manfred penned a letter outlining some of his goals as commissioner. Please give it a read as it really shows his passion for continuing to grow the game of baseball.


Another interesting item is that there will be new baseballs for the 2015 season, of course with Mr. Manfred’s signature on them. Since the 2000 regular season, the official game-used baseballs have had the signature of former commissioner Bud Selig. Prior to the 2000 season, the official baseballs bore the signature of the respective league presidents.

} New Baseballs with Rob Manfred's Signature (MLB Photos)

Mariners Sign Veteran Outfielders Chavez and Gutierrez to Minor League Deals


Endy and Franklin are back!

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik announced today that veteran outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have signed with the club as minor league free agents and will participate in Major League Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

Chavez, 36 (turns 37 Feb. 7), appeared in 80 games with the Mariners last season. He hit .276 (64×232) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 23 RBI while playing all three outfield positions. This is the third consecutive spring training Endy will be a non-roster invite with the Mariners.

A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Chavez has appeared in 1,151 career games with the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009, 2013-14), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).

Gutierrez, 31 (turns 32 Feb. 21), is looking to make a comeback after not playing professional baseball last season. Gutierrez last appeared in the Majors in 41 games with the Mariners in 2013, batting .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs. He missed 106 games in two DL stints with a strained right hamstring, April 23-June 21 & June 25-Aug. 25. Gutierrez battled several injuries and illnesses during a three-season span from 2011-2013 that allowed him to appear in only 173 of 486 team games, making 6 separate trips to the disabled list. He was an American League Gold Glove winner in 2010.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 57 players (40 roster, 17 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 6 catchers (3 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster).

The Past Meets the Present in New Alternate Uniform


The Mariners today unveiled a new alternate uniform that will be worn during Sunday home games at Safeco Field.

The new jersey and pants are a classic cream color. The lettering and logo are the same as the current uniforms but in the original Mariners colors. The “Mariners” lettering is royal blue with gold trim outlined in royal. The button placket and sleeves are trimmed in royal, and there is a Mariners nautical “compass rose” patch in royal and gold on the left sleeve.

In a nod to vintage baseball uniforms, there are no players’ names on the backs of the jerseys; just large block numbers in royal with gold trim. The look is completed with a royal blue cap with gold Mariners “S” and compass rose baseball logo and royal blue socks with gold stripes and.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Nelson Cruz in the new uniform.

“The royal blue and gold colors of our franchise’s inaugural uniforms are blended with the lettering and logo of our current identity in a unique design that pays homage to our club’s history,” said Kevin Martinez, Vice President of Marketing for the Seattle Mariners. “This new alternate uniform is perfect for sunny Sunday afternoons at Safeco Field.”

The uniforms were unveiled today at Safeco Field with Nelson Cruz, James Paxton, Charlie Furbush and Taijuan Walker as models [photos will be posted this afternoon].

In addition to the new alternate Sunday uniforms, the Mariners also announced minor changes to the lettering of the home and road jerseys. The words “Mariners” (for home whites) and “Seattle” (for road grays) in navy letters will be trimmed in silver outlined in Northwest green.

“We’ve simply reversed the order of the silver and green. The change is subtle,” said Martinez, “but the modified color arrangement presents a much stronger and crisper on-field look.”

The Mariners two other alternate jerseys, Navy and Northwest Green, are unchanged.



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Media Day Recap

We had a great turnout today for our annual Pre-Spring Training Media Luncheon, with several front office members and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ talking with the media.

We posted a lot of social media activity in an earlier post [Media Day Live Blog] and below are several stories that came out of the event.

New Mariners Players Line Dave Niehaus Way

With each baseball season comes new players and new faces…literally.

Mariners fans should be more familiar with the players photos that line Dave Niehaus Way (First Avenue South) between Edgar Martinez Way and Royal Brougham Way. Each January (and sometimes throughout the season) new players are added to the collage of photos to depict current members of the team.

In preparation for this weekend’s FanFest, three new players were added today: Austin Jackson, Nelson Cruz and J.A. Happ. Be sure to check them out this weekend out at Safeco Field.


Fernando Rodney – Scenes from South Korea

We had a small post last week on Fernando Rodney visiting Korea on a goodwill trip. The Mariners closer has been busy in Korea, visiting the Little League World Champions, the US Embassy and most recently the Sacred Heart School for the Deaf and Seji Middle School. Here are some photos and a link to a video of his trip.

Fernando will fly from Korea to Seattle to take part in this weekend’s FanFest activities at Safeco Field.


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