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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

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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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Robinson Cano Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tonight

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Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will be a gust on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight. In the Seattle area, the show will air on KING 5 starting at 11:35 pm PT following the 11 pm news. We’ll post some photos of Robinson’s activities in New York City leading up to his return to Yankee Stadium starting with tomorrow night’s game vs. the Yankees.

Robinson shooting in NYC for The Tonight Show.

Robinson shooting in NYC for The Tonight Show.

Getting ready to join Jimmy Fallon on stage.

Getting ready to join Jimmy Fallon on stage.

Teammates John Buck and Willie Bloomquist tagged along to watch the show.

Teammates John Buck and Willie Bloomquist tagged along to watch the show.

The Week that was for Kyle Seager

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Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had an incredible week at the plate, batting .409 (9×22) with 5 home runs and 11 RBI in 6 games. He hit a pair of home runs April 23 vs. the Astros (including a walk-off 3-run HR) and 2 more home runs yesterday vs. the Rangers (including a go-ahead 3-run HR in the 8th inning).

Here is a look at Kyle’s home runs yesterday:

And his multi-homer game Wednesday vs. the Astros:

Seager’s 5 home runs during the week tied for the American League with White Sox rookie sensation Jose Abreu.

Mariners Game Central – April 27 vs. Texas

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Game #24: Seattle Mariners (9-14) vs. Texas Rangers (15-9) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Brandon Maurer (0-0, 2.08) vs. LHP Matt Harrison (‘14 debut)
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…also MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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

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

Monroe boy who survived flesh-eating bacteria has special day at Safeco Field

 

Trey Lauren enjoyed a special day at the ballpark with Willie Bloomquist.

Trey Lauren enjoyed a special day at the ballpark with Willie Bloomquist

Trey Lauren, a 13-year old baseball player from Monroe, got a special treat when Mariners infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist invited him, his parents and grandfather to come down on field before Tuesday’s Mariners vs. Astros game.

Lauren spent 23 days at Seattle Children’s Hospital recovering from necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating bacteria, which nearly cost him his right leg and his life. The seventh grader is now back home to complete his recovery.

At Bloomquist’s invitation, Trey and his family watched batting practice from the field, then Willie took Trey and his dad into the clubhouse for a tour. Trey emerged with an autographed Bloomquist bat, a Bloomquist jersey and a sparkling white Big League baseball that was soon covered with autographs from Mariners players.

While on field, Trey met Felix Hernandez, John Buck, Corey Hart, Robinson Cano, Mariners legend Jay Buhner, and broadcaster Rick Rizzs.

Trey still has a lot of healing to do before he can go back to school full time. But with therapy, the first baseman and pitcher is hoping to get back out on the baseball field before the season ends.

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Mariners Game Central – April 23 vs. Houston

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Game #21: Seattle Mariners (7-13) vs. Houston Astros (7-14) | 12:40 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Chris Young (0-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (1-2, .736)
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…also MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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 | 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 | Tumblr | Pinterest

Mariners Game Central – May 21 vs. Houston

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Game #19: Seattle Mariners (7-11) vs. Houston Astros (5-14) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Felix Hernandez (3-0, 1.91) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 3.50)
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…also MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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 | 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 | Tumblr | Pinterest

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