One of the greatest moments in Mariners history happened 20 years ago on this day (October 8) in 1995 at The Kingdome.
“Swung on and lined down the left field line for a base hit! Here comes Joey! Here is Junior to third base, they’re going to wave him in! The throw to the plate will be…LATE! The Mariners are going to play for the American League Championship! I don’t believe it! It just continues! My oh My! Edgar Martinez with a double ripped down the left field line and they are going crazy at the Kingdome!”
Fresh off a 44-home run season, Mariners All-Star Nelson Cruz raised the 12th Man Flag prior to last night’s Monday Night Football game vs. the Detroit Tigers. Nelson fired up the crowd of 69,005 prior to the thrilling 13-10 Seahawks win.
Cruz had a banner first season in a Mariners uniform, batting .302 with 44 home runs and 93 RBI.
Here are a few videos from the 12th Man Flag-raising event last night at Century Link Field:
Cruz raising the 12th Man Flag is the latest of a string of Mariners to take part in the tradition…
- October 5, 2015 – Nelson Cruz
- Dec. 14, 2014 – John Olerud
- 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
Major League Baseball begins the 2015 Postseason with a pair of Wild Card games, as the New York Yankees host the Houston Astros tonight at Yankee Stadium, and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs Wednesday at PNC Park.
Tonight’s game, which begins at 5 pm (PT) can be seen nationally on ESPN TV. It is being broadcast in the Seattle market on ESPN 710 Seattle, where it will be joined in progress at 6 pm.
The Cubs/Pirates match-up on Wednesday will be televised nationally on TBS, beginning at 5 pm (PT). It can also be heard locally on ESPN 710 Seattle where it will be joined in progress at 6 pm (PT).
The American League Division Series will begin on Thursday, October 8 and will be televised on FS1 TV. Beginning with Game 2 of the ALDS, games will be televised on either FS1 or the MLB Network.
The National League Division Series begins on Friday, October 9, and will be televised by TBS.
Here are the 2015 final statistics for the Mariners.
Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers will be inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on November 14 during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.
Mike was a stand-out shortstop at Bethel High School in Spanaway, where he also played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County. After high school, Mike played for two seasons at Tacoma Community College and was Pac-10 North Division Triple Crown winner during his single season at the University of Washington.
Mike’s 11-year Major League career included time with the New York Yankees (1989-1991), three tours with the Mariners (1992-1995, 1997,1999) a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1996) and a season with the Oakland Athletics (1998).
Mike was inducted in thye Tacoma Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Others who are being inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame this year include Grady Sizemore and Jake Locker. Previous inductees include Fred Hutchinson, Ron Santo, John Olerud and Mariners head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson.
Game #160 (10/2): Mariners (75-84) vs. Athletics (66-93) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5, 3.67) vs. RHP Aaron Brooks (2-4, 7.26) Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv) 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 | Athletics | Mariners-Athletics History
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New Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto met the Seattle media yesterday. Here are some key quotes from his introductory news conference. (You can watch the press conference in its entirety here.)
His approach to building a winner:
“My baseball philosophy is to build flexibility, build versatility, create balance and that will lead to sustainability.”
How to build a roster:
“We want to create a model here that is something that can be sustained year in and year out where we have a steady flow of young players from the minor league system. But you don’t want to quarter that off to just through the draft. You get young players from a lot of different avenues. You get them via the draft, international signs. Right now the doors are wide open on international professional players with the Cuban market and Far East. They are important to tap into. You also acquire these players via trade. You can create a farm system, so to speak, via trade and create multiple layers of players in your system.”
“Whether it be through the primary market—free agent and trade acquisitions—or the secondary market—deals, waivers, smaller trades—minor league deals, you can come up with a very creative roster balance that will allow this team to contend now. I believe that the quality of the core group screams for it. You’ve got too many good players to believe that you’re far away from winning.”
What’s the time-line:
“There will be areas where we improve quickly, and there will be areas where it’s going to require some time. Minor league player development takes a little bit of time. That’s a slow build. It takes time for that to develop. The Major League roster foundation is here. And what we need to do is work in the in-between.”
Workhorse vs. Show horse:
“As I said during my visit with Lloyd McClendon [Monday]… my style is to allow somebody else to focus on what’s happening in the showroom and we’ll go back and work in the engine room and make sure we’re building an organization that can do great things and continue to do great things.”
Home field advantage:
“Safeco Field is a pitcher-friendly environment. It does require a degree of athleticism to cover the ground. It’s an expansive ballpark. Like most other teams, the Mariners are going to win when they pitch it, when they catch it and when they run it down. It’s a unique environment, but I think the narrative is that you can’t hit in Safeco Field. I don’t believe that to be true. They’re hitting right now. It’s a matter of finding the right hitters who fit this ballpark well and the right players to create a roster. I think some of that already exists. We’re going to go out and find the right pieces to augment that group.”
“If you put together the elements of what is required to be a contending club, I think the one that we are missing right now is just the general roster depth. The lineup needs to be a little bit longer, the rotation needs to be a little bit deeper, the bullpen needs to have more layers than it presently has. That’s something that through hard work, through good scouting, the use of proper analytics, you can turn over a couple of rocks and find a guy here or there and you can create the depth on the roster that allows you to be competitive quickly.”
“If we’re making a decision on a player, we will consider all elements. We’ll consider the quality of the player, the age of the player, the way he fits on our roster, the way he’s performed, the trends that suggest what may come next for him.”
“When I was playing, I was the only active player who was also an active member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research)… I’ve always been interested in it. I’m a baseball junkie, always have been. I fancy myself a historian, or some have told me that’s the case. I think the game has evolved in ways that we could not have possibly imagined.”
Information is King:
“A very smart baseball person once said to me when making any decision on a baseball field you have to consider what you see and what you know. What we see is the player playing out in front of us. And what we know is what he’s done. And what we can do is come up with some general understanding of what he may do moving forward based on all the elements we talked about earlier – the age of the player, the health of the player, the ballpark he plays in, there are so many key elements. But today, if you’re not using the analysis that’s available to you, information is king. If you’ve got information, you’ve got the key to the universe. And if we’re not using it, we will.”
Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather announced today that Jerry Dipoto (dih-POH-toe) has been named the Mariners new Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations. A news conference introducing Dipoto to the Seattle media will be held tomorrow.
“Jerry impressed us at each step of the process,” Mather said. “He has a very unique skill set, having been a successful player in the Majors, then moving into front offices with steadily increasing responsibilities. Jerry has scouted, spent time in player development and has a track record as a very successful General Manager.
During our conversations over the past few weeks, it became clear to me that he has a very solid understanding of our team and organization, both where we are and where we want to be. And he has a strategy to get us there. Few candidates bring the combination of playing the game, scouting, a solid understanding of statistical metrics and a plan for player development.
I am looking forward to having Jerry lead our baseball operations for a long time.”
Dipoto, 47 (born May 24, 1968 in Jersey City, NJ) becomes the ninth full-time General Manager in Mariners history. He resigned from his position as the Los Angeles Angels General Manager on July 1, 2015 and was most recently working in the Boston Red Sox front office as a special assistant. Dipoto was the Angels GM from Oct. 29, 2011-July 1, 2015, helping guide the club to the American League West title in 2014 finishing with the most wins (98) in the Majors. Notable acquisitions during his Angels tenure included trades for All-Stars Huston Street (rhp), Zack Greinke (rhp), David Freese (3b) and Hector Santiago (lhp), and the free agent signings of Albert Pujols (2011) and C.J. Wilson (2011).
“I’m honored to be joining the Mariners family,” Dipoto said. “As the 2015 season draws to a close, we have a great fan base, ballpark and organization, providing a great opportunity for success. I truly look forward to both the challenges and rewards to come as we chart a fresh course for the future of Mariners baseball.”
A veteran of 15 seasons as a baseball executive, he got his start immediately after retiring as a player in 2001. He was a special assistant for the Colorado Rockies (2001-02), followed by two seasons working in the scouting department for the Boston Red Sox (2003-04). He returned to the Rockies as the Director of Player Personnel (2005) and then moved to the Arizona organization as Vice President of Player Personnel (2006-10) and was appointed the Diamondbacks interim General Manager on July 1, 2010.
Dipoto appeared in 390 Major League games, all in relief, with the Indians (1993-94), New York Mets (1995-96) and Colorado Rockies (1997-2000). The right-handed pitcher compiled a career 27-24 record with 49 saves and a 4.05 ERA prior to retiring during spring training in 2001 with a bulging disc in his neck. He was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 3rd round of the 1989 June Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Dipoto led the Rams to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and remains in the top 10 in VCU history in several pitching categories.
Dipoto played high school baseball at Toms River High School North in New Jersey. Dipoto and his wife, Tamie, have two daughters: Taylor and Jordan, and one son, Jonah.
Game #153 (9/24): Mariners (74-78) vs. Royals (88-63) | 5:10 pm PT | Kauffman Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (3-4, 3.70) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (2-6, 5.12)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
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
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Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó reached a historic milestone tonight in Kansas City recording his 2,000th career hit. Among many of his career achievements, Canó’s 2,000th career hit ranks at the very top of that list. Here are some facts and figures about the historic achievement:
Canó is just the 14th player in baseball history to record at least 2,000 hits in the first 11 seasons of a career. He joins Ichiro Suzuki – 2,428 (2001-11), Paul Waner – 2,254 (1926-36), Al Simmons – 2,188 (1924-34), Pete Rose – 2,152 (1963-73), Kirby Puckett – 2,135 (1984-94), Wade Boggs – 2,098 (1982-92), George Sisler – 2,094 (1915-26), Hank Aaron – 2,085 (1954-64), Albert Pujols – 2,073 (2001-11), Richie Ashburn – 2,067 (1948-58), Stan Musial – 2,023 (1941-52), Joe Medwick – 2,004 (1932-42) and Jesse Burkett – 2,001 (1890-1900). Canó is the only full-time second baseman to appear on this list.
Before Turning 33:
Canó is the 5thactive player to reach 2,000 hits prior to turning 33, joining Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Beltre and Albert Pujols.
In a Mariners Uniform:
Canó becomes the 5th player to record a 2,000th career hit in a Mariners uniform (not all hits as a Mariner). He joins Gary Matthews Sr. (8/4/87 at OAK), Edgar Martinez (5/2/03 at CWS), John Olerud (6/16/03 vs. ANA) and Ichiro Suzuki (9/6/09 at OAK).
1 – May 4, 2005 at Tampa Bay (1B off Hideo Nomo)
500 – September 25, 2007 at Tampa Bay (1B off Jason Hammel)
1,000 – July 25, 2010 vs. Kansas City (2B off Victor Marte)
1,500 – May 9, 2013 at Colorado (1B off Jeff Francis)
2,000 – September 23, 2015 at Kansas City (1B off Kelvin Herrera)
Inside the Numbers:
Becomes the 15th native of the Dominican Republic to reach 2,000 hits.
Different ballparks to record a hit in.
Hits vs. the Orioles, the most vs. any opponent.
Different pitchers to record a hit off (most off James Shields – 37).