Mariners All-Access: Special Hall of Fame Edition

This week on ROOT SPORTS’ Mariners All-Access, a special Friday debut of Randy Johnson: Journey to Cooperstown.

Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr.

Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez and Ken Griffey Jr.

The half-hour program takes a look at Randy’s long and amazing career and the legacy he left Major League Baseball. Highlights include:

  • Career Accomplishments – a brief rundown of the numbers that landed Randy in the Hall of Fame.
  • Facing Randy – Randy Johnson had a reputation of being an intimidating presence and a dominating pitcher. Hear from players who faced the Big Unit and find out what it was like to be behind the plate when he was pitching.
  • Randy as Mentor – Both Felix Hernandez and Tim Lincecum had conversations with Randy that helped change the way they looked at their careers. See how the lefty helped to pay it forward as his career was winding
  • Young Randy – He wasn’t always a dominating pitcher. There was a time when he was intimidating because of his lack of command. Hear how he harnessed his potential while in Seattle and how his time in the Northwest helped set the course for his Hall of Fame career.
  • Jon Miller on reaching 300 wins – Jon Miller was the voice of the San Francisco Giants when Randy recorded career win number 300. Hear how Randy almost missed the celebration and which family member called the clubhouse to make sure he didn’t.Root_sports_logo

In addition, you’ll hear from Randy throughout the show on how pitching today differs from when he played, discover his affection for the fans in Seattle, and learn why the fans in Seattle deserve credit for his success.

Randy Johnson: Journey to Cooperstown debuts Friday at 3pm. It re-airs Saturday 3pm, Wednesday 3pm and throughout the season. It will be updated with ceremony highlights after his induction July 26th.

The regular Mariners All-Access will debut on Sunday.

Mariners Sign International Free Agent Carlos Vargas

Carlos Vargas (middle) with Mariners Tim Kissner (left) and Eddy Toledo (right).

Carlos Vargas (middle) with Mariners Tim Kissner (left) and Eddy Toledo (right).

As part of the July 2 International Signing Period, Seattle Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner announced the signing of 16-year-old shortstop Carlos Vargas out of the Dominican Republic.

Vargas, listed at 6-3, 180 pounds, was recently in Seattle to sign his contract and took batting practice and infield with the Everett AquaSox.

Here are some pictures of Vargas and a scouting video from Baseball America. 

Here is an excerpt from an article on Vargas’ signing on MLB.com:

Scouts like Vargas’ raw power along with his projectable body, and there’s a belief that he will hit for power in the future.

On defense, the teenager could be athletic enough to stay at shortstop as he matures, but he could also end up at third base because of his size. He could also end up in the outfield.

A veteran of MLB’s Amateur Prospect League, Vargas was one of several top international prospects selected to participate in the inaugural International Prospect Series at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex, a joint venture between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Vargas went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in two games against a pair of North Carolina high school teams during the series.

Vargas will train at the Mariners Latin Academy in the Dominican Republic and will make his professional debut starting in 2016.

Mariners 2015 Mid-Season Report

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If you are looking for a place to find out how Nelson Cruz stacks up against American League sluggers or what Felix Hernandez accomplished during the first half of the season, we’ve got you covered. The annual Mariners Mid-Season Report has been published and we would love to share with our fans. Enjoy reading about the Mariners All-Stars (Felix & Cruz), the impressive first-half performances and an abundance of baseball statistics. There is even a complete rundown of the Mariners minor league system for you to freshen up on who is playing well down on The Farm!

King Felix Adds to All-Star Resume

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2015 Mariners All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Lloyd McClendon and Felix Hernandez.

Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz and Lloyd McClendon represented the Mariners in tonight’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, won by the American League 6-3.

Felix threw a 1-2-3 3rd inning with one strikeout, needing only 8 pitches to take care of  DJ LeMahieu (flyout), Andrew McCutchen (strikeout) and Todd Frazier (groundout). Felix has now worked 4.0 scoreless innings in his four All-Star game appearances (6 ASG selections). Felix is now one of 21 pitchers in All-Star Game history with 4.0 scoreless innings, and joins Tigers LHP David Price for most scoreless All-Star Game innings amongst active players.

Cruz went 0-for-2 making the start for the American League at designated hitter.

The American League beat the National League 6-3 to earn home field advantage for the AL in the World Series. The AL has won three consecutive Midsummer Classics, and 15 of the last 19.

Mariners Franchise Four

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The votes are in, and the fans have spoken! Here are the four players you have voted as the Mariners Franchise Four:

  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Felix Hernandez
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Ichiro Suzuki

Felix and Ichiro are 2 of 15 active players to be included on a Franchise Four list, with 11 of those players (including Felix) still active on the clubs they represent. Here are the complete results of each teams’ Franchise Four:

 

Tune in to tonight’s All-Star Game

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Felix Hernandez and Nelson Cruz will play for the American League in tonight’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Live coverage of the game starts at 4 pm PT and will be televised on FOX (channel 13/113 in Seattle market). Fans can also listen to the game in the Seattle area on ESPN 710 Seattle (ESPN Radio/check local listings).

The Mariners are represented by starting designated hitter Nelson Cruz (batting 4th) and RHP Felix Hernandez (scheduled to pitch in relief). This is Felix’s 6th All-Star selection and Cruz’s 4th (second straight year starting at DH).

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Mariners visit VA Hospital

Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller, pitching coach Rick Waits and the Mariner Moose paid a visit to the Seattle Veterans Administration hospital to sign autographs, pose for photos and thank the veterans for their service. The visit was part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour. Miller and Ackely wore the Mariners special Memorial Day jerseys with camo lettering and coach Waits wore the Stars and Stripes July 4th jersey.

108 Year Old First Pitch

Evelyn Jones of Woodinville celebrated her 108th birthday in style on Saturday. It started with a party with 50 guests at the Fairwinds-Brittany Park retirement community in Woodinville. The next stop was Safeco Field, where she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners met the Angels.

Evelyn, who was born in 1907, beamed when she saw Felix Hernandez come out on the field to catcher pitch. After she tossed the ball to Felix and he autographed it, she asked for a hug, then the 30,000+ fans at the game serenaded her with Happy Birthday.

Evelyn was accompanied to the mound by her daughter Kay, and her grandson. Also on hand were great grandchild and great-great-grandchildren.

When asked what would make the day even more special, Evelyn replied, “a win.”

When she threw the ball to Felix, Evelyn became the oldest person to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. The previous record holder was 105 year old Agnes McKee, who threw out a pitch before a San Diego Padres game on July 20, 2014.

Game Central – July 12 vs. Angels

07.12.15 Lineup

Game #89: Mariners (41-47) vs. Angles (47-40) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-6, 4.53) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (2-0, 1.77)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle & 97.3 KIRO FM and the Mariners Radio Network
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
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule |  Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros

Here are today’s Game Notes:

Mariners Game Central – July 11 vs. Angels

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Game #88: Mariners (40-47) vs. Angles (47-39) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 7.17) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (7-6, 3.82)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on 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 | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

Roster | 2015 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2015 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

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