Inside the Numbers on the Safeco Field Retractable Roof

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Ever wonder how many times the Mariners have played at Safeco Field with the roof open, closed, or even how many times the roof has moved during the course of a game?

Well, we’ve got you covered as we have recorded the date for all of the roof openings and closings during the history of Safeco Field dating back to the first game played on July 15, 1999 vs. the San Diego Padres.

Since the first game at Safeco Field, there have been 1,262 regular season games played, with the Mariners holding a record of 669-593 (.530) in those games.

The below graphic will show you the amount of times the retractable roof has been open during a game, closed for a game or moved to the closed position during a game. MLB rules state that the roof can only close during play once. If the game starts with the roof closed, it must remain that way for the entire game.

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While Seattle is notoriously known for “always raining”, the roof has actually been open in 78% of games played (985 of 1262). It has been closed (or moved during a game) roughly 22% of the time. The record for most games played in the open air is 71 (out of 81 home games) in 2006 and 2012.

Here is a breakdown of the Mariners records by roof “position”:

Roof Open: 520-465 (.528) — 985 of 1262 games
Roof Closed: 91-82 (.526) — 173 of 1262 games
Roof Moves: 58-46 (.558) — 104 of 1262 games

And for those interested, here is a fun look at the Safeco Field roof closing, which takes 10-20 minutes depending on wind and other weather conditions.

Fernando Rodney Takes Save Celebration to Korea

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney is off to Korea on a goodwill trip where he will visit  U.S. soldiers on a military base and participate in a youth baseball camp while there. His schedule also includes lunch at the Dominican Republic Embassy, a visit to a school for the blind and a meet-and-greet with the 2014 Little League champions from South Korea (whom he has a fun connection with).

MLB.com writer Jesse Sanchez caught up with Fernando from the Miami Airport before taking off on his trip. Upon returning from Korea, Rodney will head straight to Seattle to participate in FanFest Jan. 24-25.

Yesterday was also a big day for Fernando as his bobblehead night on May 9 vs. the A’s was announced.

 

Mariners Acquire LHP Mike Kickham from Chicago Cubs

Newest Mariner Mike Kickham pitched for the Giants last season.

Newest Mariner Mike Kickham pitched for the Giants last season.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham (kick-uhm) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league RHP Lars Huijer (pronounced higher).

To make room on the 40-man roster for Kickham, LHP Anthony Fernandez has been designated for assignment. The Mariners 40-man roster remains full at 40 players.

Kickham, 26, has spent his entire career in the San Francisco Giants organization prior to being claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Dec. 23, 2014. He was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Jan. 9 when they signed OF Chris Denorfia.

Pitching primarily with AAA Fresno last season, Kickham went 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA (73 ER, 148.1 IP) in 27 starts. Amongst Pacific Coast League leaders the left-hander ranked tied for 4th in strikeouts (131), 4th in games started (27) and 7th in innings pitched (148.1). In limited big league action with the Giants over the last two seasons is 0-3 with a 10.98 ERA.

Kickham was originally selected by the Giants in the 6th round of the 2010 June draft out of Missouri State University.

Huijer, 21, went 6-9 with a 5.08 ERA in 28 games (24 starts) with A Clinton and A High Desert last season. The Dutch native has combined to go 17-17 with a 4.48 ERA in five minor league seasons. He was signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent on June 1, 2011.

Fernandez, 24, went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (11 ER, 25.2 IP) in 5 starts with AAA Tacoma last season before going on the disabled list with a left elbow injury. He had season-ending “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow May 22 performed by Dr. James Andrews.

2015 Special Events Schedule

Promotions

 

The promotions schedule for the 2015 season has been announced with several great giveaways planned for fans.

  • Beard Hat Night (April 17) – first 20,000 fans
  • King Felix Bobblehead Night (April 18) – first 20,000 fans 
  • Hisashi Iwakuma Bear Hat Night (April 24) – first 20,000 fans – This sweet hat celebrates Hisashi’s nickname “Kuma,” meaning “bear” in Japanese.
  • Fernando Rodney Bobblehead Night (May 9) – first 20,000 fans 
  • Mariners Fedora Hat Night (May 15) – first 20,000 fans
  • Nelson Cruz Bat Night (May 30) – all kids 14 & under
  • Kyle Seager Bobblehead Night (June 2) – first 20,000 fans
  • Nelson Cruz Bobblehead Night (July 11) – first 20,000 fans
  • Jamie Moyer Mariners Hall of Fame & Bobblehead Day (August 8) – first 20,000 fans
  • Robinson Cano Bobblehead Night (August 22) – first 20,000 fans

In addition, there will be four themed post-game fireworks nights:

  • May 29 vs. Cleveland: I Love the ‘90s
  • June 19 vs. Houston: Star Wars
  • July 24 vs. Toronto: Sing Along
  • August 21 vs. Chicago White Sox: Songs of Summer as voted on by fans

Several ticket specials that have become popular in recent seasons will also return in 2015  including, Family Nights and Packs, Military and Senior Specials, College Nights and King’s Court games.

Opening Day Tickets Pre-Sale

Tickets for Mariners Opening Day on April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels, will be available during a special pre-sale leading up to and during FanFest. There is a limit of eight tickets per account.

  • Mariners season ticket holders — 12 pm, Thursday, January, 22 (online only)
  • Mariners Mail subscribers, Mariners social media followers, Ticketmaster subscribers — 12pm, Friday, January 23 (online only)
  • All fans – 10am, Saturday, January 24 until 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 26. (Safeco Field box office, Mariners Team Stores and mariners.com/tickets)

Opening Day tickets will be available again starting Saturday, March 7, when Mariners 2015 single-game tickets go on sale to the public.

Here is the full promo schedule (subject to changes):

Robinson Cano Begins Winter Ball

As you may know, Robinson Cano began a short stint playing winter ball for the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Republic last night.

The basics? He went 1-for-4 with RBI grounder and a two-run double.

Cano playing winter ball is a big deal down there since he hasn’t played there since 2009. Fans were very appreciative that they got to see one of their own superstars play in front of them.

Here’s the recap of Robinson Cano helping the Estrellas extend their winning streak to four games (Spanish): Canó, auspicioso debut en triunfo Estrellas

Here are a few pictures and video from last night.

The Hot Stove – Smith, Waits, Farquhar, Moyer and More!

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The Hot Stove returns to the airwaves tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and Mariners.com. The show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs alongside Bill Krueger and Shannon Drayer from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.

Scheduled to join the show from the 2015 Mariners are pitching coach Rick Waits, outfielder Seth Smith and relief pitcher Danny Farquhar (from the caravan in Eastern Washington). The newest member of the Mariners Hall of Fame Jamie Moyer will also be a guest on the show. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian is also scheduled to join the show talking about all the offseason activity in Major League Baseball and the upcoming 2015 season.

The Hot Stove can be heard on 710 ESPN Seattle (and Mariners.com) every Tuesday from 7-9 pm. Details on the popular Cactus League Report from Peoria, Arizona are still in the works and we’ll pass them along as soon as we get them.

Catching up with Jamie Moyer

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Jamie Moyer was announced as the ninth member of the Mariners Hall of Fame earlier today. Jamie caught up with the media in a conference call this afternoon from his home near San Diego. Here are some of the comments Jamie made chatting with the media:

The Mariners Hall of Fame…

It’s a huge honor for me because it’s acknowledging my personal accomplishments, but without my teammates that I’ve been able to play with and the coaches that have been around me, the fan support that’s been around me and the Mariners organization that traded for me, this would have never happened. I personally look at this as an accomplishment by everybody that I’ve been able to be around in a Mariners uniform.

Memorable moments…

Getting into the playoffs for the first time with the Mariners. Winning 116 games was very special, as a Mariner. I really think the way we did it on the successful teams that we were on, we really did it as one unit.

Calling Seattle home for so many years…

As far as thinking about making Seattle our home, it was kind of off the field. The kids were getting a little bit older and the transition to school was becoming a little more difficult. That was part of the reason why we moved to Seattle. But the other part was the community, the way the community embraced myself as a teammate, but Karen and I as a couple and, when we created our foundation.

It just felt like home. We looked at each other and thought this is the right move for us at this point in time in our lives. It was a great home base for us. We had a lot of friends in the Mariners family, we had a lot of friends in the community, whether it was socially or through the schools where our children were going to school, so it just felt like, probably for the first time in our professional lives, it felt like a place we could call home.

Playing for the Mariners …

Getting entrenched into the Mariners organization and having success the first several years, not only individually but as a team, it was exciting for us. We had never really witnessed that in our baseball life. When we started to live it every day, it left a very good taste in our mouths on the baseball side of it and the personal side of it kind of gelled together and allowed us to move forward as a family.

The Moyer Foundation…

The baseball side is great, while it lasts. An athlete know it’s not going to go on forever. You don’t know when baseball side is going to stop. Being able to create our own foundation and move forward away from the game, even while I was playing, and do some good things in the community, became very important to Karen and I. Karen really opened my eyes to that. She’s really been the leader and I’ve kind of followed, and now that I’m out of the game as an active player, I think it’s opened my eyes and I realize that there’s more to life than just baseball. What we have created as a foundation, not only in Seattle, but across the country, has opened many doors to us to continue to help children in distress and that’s important to us

Enjoying being around his family…

We still have four children in elementary school. We’ve got a college junior who’s eligible for the draft. We’ve got a 23-year old who’s in the Dodgers organization, we’ve got a high school senior who’s going to college to play soccer next year, and we’ve got another daughter who plays college basketball. So, I’ve got a lot on my plate, but it’s good things and it’s actually exciting for me because these are things I haven’t been able to be around on a consistent basis as an active player. Being away from the game has allowed me to take a step back and opened my eyes and allowed me to reevaluate things.

On future plans to get back into baseball or broadcasting…

I really don’t have any plans at the moment. I’m recovering from an ankle surgery that I had three months ago… It’s probably going to take a year to a year-and-a-half to completely heal, but the good news is I’m able to swing a golf club… The door is wide open. I stepped back from my job as a broadcaster in Philadelphia because I felt like I needed to be home more with my family. If something were to come along in baseball, I would strongly consider it, but it would have to be the right situation and the right time and doing what I’d like to do is giving back to the game as well as giving back in community service.

On 116 wins… Could it happen again?

Anything’s possible. …I look at the 2015 Mariners, I think they potentially could do something like that. I look back to when we were able to win 116 games, we did it because we gelled together as a team. We had a great manager as a leader, and a great coaching staff. He allowed us to play, as players. He kind of kept a thumb on things when he needed to. But we gelled together as a team… Everybody contributed on that team. You can say it’s a cliché, but looking back at that team, if you go back game-by-game and you look at the summaries of the games and the box scores, and you look at that whole year, during the regular season, everybody really did contribute. It didn’t matter who you were on the roster, everybody contributed. And that’s what it took.

If the Mariners pitch the way pitched last year in 2015, I think with the offense that Jack has put together on this current roster, I really think they have a chance to do some special things, not only in 2015, but down the road. They’re fairly young, they seem pretty healthy. I’m not trying to make it sound like, ‘oh, yeah, they’re going to win 116 games,’ but I really believe from what I saw last year… looking at numbers and watching their on-field play, they have that ability to win a lot of baseball games and rejuvenate baseball in Seattle, which they started to do last year.

On the Mariners experience coming so close to the playoffs…

In 2007, in Philly, we had a pretty good year. We went to playoffs and then ran into the Colorado Rockies. The experience we gained in 2007, obviously you go back in history and look, and in 2008 we won the World Series. I think that motivated us, it left a sour taste in our mouths at the end of 2007 so that when we went into 2008, there was a lot of motivation to do better, and we were able to. And I think that’s what Mariners can build off from last year.

Whether he ever wants to pitch again…

If I wasn’t dealing with this ankle, yeah, definitely. (Moyer had ankle surgery three months ago.). I do get the itch a little bit. But I do realize, too, that I’m 52 years old and it wouldn’t be quite that easy to do that. I’ve played some catch here at home. I’ve thrown some batting practice to my boys. I realize my better days are behind me. It’s time to sit back and relive those days, the camaraderie that I had and the experiences I was able to have. If I get into any type of situation where I can help younger players, high school, college or professional players, that’s where I think I can make a contribution to the game. Building off the experiences I had, I had to do things a little differently as a player to be successful, and I wouldn’t want it any differently. But I feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge.

Who had the biggest impact on you as a player?

Off the top of my head, when I was a young player, Rick Sutcliffe was a guy that took me under his wing. Scott Sanderson took me under his wing. Jim Sundberg, when I played with the Texas Rangers, and I spent a little time with Nolan Ryan when I played for the Rangers. Those are the four guys as far as teammates. Dick Pole was a big help to me when I was in the minor leagues and my early years in the Big Leagues, he was my pitching coach.

On Lou’s influence on his career success…

There were many times I had the opportunity to go into his office and talk to him about my performances. It was usually when I was struggling when I’d go in and talk to him. I think the first time I did it I was a little hesitant to do it. But after the first time, and sitting and really listening to what Lou had to say, I wasn’t convince when I walked out the door. But after I thought about it for a while, and then attempted to do what he had mentioned to me, he was spot on. Right there was instant credibility to me, with Lou. I really felt like Lou and I had a great relationship, manager to player. I could talk to him about anything I wanted and he could talk to me. We could be mad at each other, we could be laughing together. He had an eye for things. When we talked, he gave me his perspective from a hitting standpoint and I wasn’t looking at things that way because I wasn’t educated that way in the game. Once I was able to take in what he had to say, and then spend some time working on it in my bullpen and actually trying to do it in the game, he was spot on. I can remember the first time I did it, it was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. I went into his office because I was struggling as a pitcher in general and he looked at me and he said ‘Look, you’re not throwing your change-up enough.’ And I thought, ‘Why did I come in here? That doesn’t make sense. I throw my change-up a lot.’ Then I went back and looked at some pitching charts and I started more time playing catch and throwing my change-up in the bullpen and, I want to say within two starts, things started to turn around for me. From then on, it was like, wow, the guy does know what he’s talking about.

Jamie Moyer Joins Mariners Hall of Fame

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The winningest pitcher in Seattle Mariners history has been selected as the ninth member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Jamie Moyer will be formally inducted during a ceremony at Safeco Field before the Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game on Saturday, August 8. He is the second pitcher so honored by the Mariners, joining another left-hander – Randy Johnson.

During his 11 seasons with the Mariners, Moyer compiled a record of 145-87. He leads the franchise in wins and innings pitched (2,093), starts (323), and quality starts (188), and is third in strikeouts (1,239). Moyer was the Mariners Opening Day starting pitcher in 2000, 2004-2006. He also started the Inaugural Game at Safeco Field on July 15, 1999, with a called strike.

Moyer is the only Mariners pitcher to have won 20 games more than once going 20-6 in 2001 and 21-7 in 2003. He was an All-Star in 2003 and was four times named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America Seattle Chapter (1998, 1999, 2001-co, 2003).

Mariners President Kevin Mather said, “The Seattle Mariners are proud to welcome Jamie Moyer to our franchise’s Hall of Fame. He was an outstanding representative of the Mariners both on and off the field, and will always be an important part of our history.”

Jamie began his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 draft. He made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986 with a win over Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies. Over a 25-year Major League career, Moyer played for the Cubs (1986-1988), Texas Rangers (1989-1990), St. Louis Cardinals (1991), Baltimore Orioles (1993-1995), Boston Red Sox (1996), Mariners (1996-2006), Phillies (2006-2010) and Colorado Rockies (2012 at the age of 49). With 269 career victories, Moyer ranks 35th in baseball history.

Moyer was acquired by the Mariners in a trade deadline deal that sent Darren Bragg to the Red Sox on July 30, 1996. He became a fixture in the Mariners rotation for a decade and his career blossomed. A durable, wily left-hander, Moyer relied on control and kept hitters off-balance by mixing off-speed and breaking pitches with a fastball that hovered in the low-80s.

Moyer has received numerous awards for his community service. In 2003, Jamie received the Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s top award for community service. He was also recognized for his “character and integrity” with the Hutch Award (2003), Lou Gehrig Award (2003) and Branch Rickey Award (2004). In 2000, Jamie and his wife Karen established The Moyer Foundation with the mission to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction. The Foundation has raised millions of dollars to support hundreds of organizations providing direct services to children in need. The Foundation created Camp Erin, the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens including a location in every Major League Baseball city, and Camp Mariposa, a free first-of-its-kind camp serving children affected by addiction in their families.

Moyer joins the eight current members of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Lou Piniella.

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The Hall of Fame was created to honor the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise. To be eligible for selection, a player must have been active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons and be retired as a player at least two years. In addition to a player’s impact on the field, other considerations for possible induction include his positive impact on the Northwest community outside of baseball and a player’s positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners and/or Major League Baseball.

Mariners Mondays – A wild weekend in Boston

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On the tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a memorable weekend at Fenway Park as the Mariners notched their first-ever three-game sweep against the Red Sox in Boston.

Game 1 on August 22nd was a classic Felix Hernandez start, who held the Red Sox scoreless through five innings until Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer with one out in the 6th. The Mariners roared back with a five-run 9th to stun the Red Sox and the Fenway Faithful.

The next day, it was another big inning that won it for the Mariners. Starter Chris Young ceded three runs in the first three innings to the Red Sox, then the Mariners exploded for seven runs in the 4th with the help of a double, a couple of singles, a wild pitch and a Dustin Ackley three-run homer.

Sunday’s game was starter Hisashi Iwakuma’s shortest outing of the year. He left after two-and-a-third innings after giving up five runs. The Mariners offense was working, though, and the Mariners led 7-6 going into the 9th. Brad Miller doubled Ackely home for an insurance run in the top of the 9th, but it was hang-on time. Closer Fernando Rodney threw 34 pitches in the 9th, walking two. But he struck out three, including the last batter of the game, with the bases loaded, for the save and the Mariners sweep.

It was a thrilling end to one of the most memorable series of the 2014 season.

Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7pm on ROOT SPORTS January through March leading up to the April 6th Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

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The Mariners celebrate after a comeback win vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Happy Birthday Jack & Lloyd

A special Happy Birthday wish to our GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon. Looking forward to a great upcoming season in 2015!

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