It’s another great lineup for tonight’s Hot Stove League. New Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon will join the show for two segments and the always entertaining Brad Miller will catch you up on his offseason. Plus, hear from new Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits, new Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Bob Dutton, and Mandy Lincoln of the Mariners Marketing department will tell you everything you need to know about this weekend’s FanFest.
Tune in from 7 to 9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or listen for free online here.
The next time you drive past Safeco Field on Dave Niehaus Way, you might notice a few new faces on the walls that line the street.
The Mariners newly-acquired trio of Robinson Cano, Logan Morrison and Corey Hart recently had their photos placed on the wall alongside Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyle Seager among others.
Can you identify the person in this photo? Leave your best guess in the comments below and one lucky winner will receive two tickets to Mariners FanFest, plus a 2014 subscription to the Mariners Magazine.
Check back tonight to find out the answer and who won. Good luck!
UPDATE: First name Russell, last name Wilson. Congrats to Cameron Towe, who was randomly drawn as our winner. Be sure to check out Mariners.com for a shot at tomorrow’s prize, a Mike Zunino signed ball.
The 30 Clubs of Major League Baseball unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay today at the at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. The Instant Replay policy will be in effect for the 2014 Championship Season and the 2014 Postseason.
Here are some details on the new instant replay policy:
The following play types will be subject to review:
- Home run
- Ground rule double
- Fan interference
- Stadium boundary calls (e.g., fielder into stands, ball into stands triggering dead ball)
- Force play (except the fielder’s touching of second base on a double play)
- Tag play (including steals and pickoffs)
- Fair/foul in outfield only
- Trap play in outfield only
- Batter hit by pitch
- Timing play (whether a runner scores before a third out)
- Touching a base (requires appeal)
- Passing runners
- Record keeping (Ball-strike count to a batter, outs, score, and substitutions)
All other plays will not be reviewable; however, the Umpires may still convene on the field at any time to discuss the play.
INITIATION OF INSTANT REPLAY
- Field managers may initiate replay review on one reviewable play per game by verbally indicating his intention to challenge, in a timely manner, to the Crew Chief. Guidelines will be established to determine whether a challenge is timely.
- The manager may request that the umpire review multiple portions of the same play, but he must specify exactly which portions of the play he is challenging.
- If any portion of a challenged play is overturned, the manager who challenged the play will retain the ability to challenge one more play during the game. No manager may challenge more than two plays in a game.
- Once the manager has exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. In that circumstance, the Crew Chief is not obligated to invoke instant replay if requested by the manager.
- Home run calls that are currently subject to instant replay review will continue to be reviewed at the Crew Chief’s discretion. Managers may request that an Umpire review a home run call, but managers cannot challenge home run calls.
- Once instant replay review is invoked (either by the Manager or the Crew Chief), the Crew Chief will signal to the official scorer that the play is under review.
- The Crew Chief and at least one other umpire will then move to a designated communication location near home plate, where they will have access to a hard-wired headset connected to the Replay Command Center in New York.
- Major League Umpires will be staffed as Replay Officials at the Replay Command Center, located at MLB Advanced Media headquarters, for all Major League games.
- The Replay Command Center will have direct access to video from most cameras in the ballpark in real-time, regardless of whether they are shown on the live broadcast.
- The Replay Official will look at the video feeds and determine if there is clear and convincing evidence to overturn the call on the field. If the Replay Official overturns a call on the field, he will also use his judgment to determine where to appropriately place runners if the play had been called correctly on the field.
- The umpires on the field will not have a monitor to review the play and they will not leave the field at any time.
- The Replay Official will make the ultimate determination of whether to overturn the call.
- On-Field personnel may not argue with the decision of the Replay Official.
CLUB ACCESS TO VIDEO
- To determine whether to challenge a play, personnel in the dugout will be permitted to communicate with a video specialist in the Clubhouse who has access to the same video that is available to Replay Officials. This communication will occur via the dugout phone.
- Both the home and visiting Clubs will have standardized technology to ensure each Club has equal access to all video.
- No monitors or additional electronic equipment will be permitted in the dugout.
- Clubs will now have the right to show replays of all close plays on its ballpark scoreboard, regardless of whether the play is reviewed.
We’ve got a great list of guests scheduled to join Rick Rizzs, Dan Wilson and Shannon Drayer on the Hot Stove League show tonight. Hear from Nick Franklin and Aaron Goldsmith as they continue their Mariners Caravan Winter Tour in Eastern Washington (public appearance schedule). New first base coach Andy Van Slyke and MLB.com reporter Greg Johns are also scheduled to join the show.
Tune in from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or stream for free online here.
A weekend of non-stop baseball fun is quickly approaching, and to celebrate, we’ll be giving away prizes on 14 different days leading up to it. See below to learn how you could win autographed baseballs, tickets to Opening Night or even an exclusive invitation to ride the Safeco Field Zip Line on the Friday before FanFest. Be sure to stop by the blog next Thursday (1/16) for an opportunity to win two tickets to FanFest and a 2014 subscription to the Mariners Magazine.
Win or lose, we hope you can join us at FanFest on January 25 & 26. You’ll be able to tour the Mariners clubhouse, play catch in the outfield, get autographs from your favorite players and much, much more. Tickets are just $10 and free for kids 14 and under.
See you at Safeco Field later this month!
Jay Buhner was “Bad to the Bone” when he raised the 12th Man Flag at the last regular season Seahawks game Dec. 29 at CenturyLink Field. Jay got the sold-out crowd fired up before the Seahawks went on to beat the Rams 27-9, securing home field advantage for the playoffs.
Here are a few videos from the 12th Man Flag-raising event:
Here are some fun photos of Jay raising the flag:
Buhner raising the 12th Man Flag is the latest of a string of Mariners to take part in the tradition…
Dec. 29, 2013 – Jay Buhner
Jan. 14, 2011 – Niehaus Family (at the Space Needle)
Oct. 30, 2011 – Felix Hernandez
January 3, 2009 – Ken Griffey Jr.
January 5, 2007 – Jamie Moyer
October 21, 2007 – Ichiro
October 22, 2006 – Dave Niehaus
December 6, 2004 – Edgar Martinez
With 2013 quickly drawing to a close, it is time we look ahead to what is coming up in 2014. As you may know, the Mariners are renovating their Spring Training facilities in Peoria, Arizona but you may not know that the club is also building a brand new facility in the Dominican Republic that will be completed shortly.
The academy in the Dominican Republic will have all the equipment, facilities and staff to train up to 80 top Latin prospects. It will make the Mariners one of a handful of MLB teams building and owning an academy in Latin America. The new academy will be located on 24 acres and will be a residential facility where prospects will live, work out, go to school and develop their baseball skills.
The facilities will include:
- Two full-sized fields with room to build a third field if needed
- Practice infield
- Agility field
- Lighted, covered batting cages
- Bullpen facilities with six pitcher’s mounds
- Dormitory space for up to 80 players, plus coaches and trainers
- Dining hall
- Classrooms for English language and Spanish literacy instruction
- Computer lab and access to recreational activities on site
Here’s a gallery of the progress that has been made on its way to being ready by February 1st.
The Mariners re-signed a familiar face today, bringing back outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on a one-year contract for the 2014 season. Guti has battled injuries over the last few years, but there is no arguing a healthy Guti will make us a lot better. Last season in 41 games with Seattle, he clubbed 10 home runs, an average of one home run every 14.50 at-bats.
Here is the news release that went out to the media this afternoon.