Truck Day at Safeco Field

Don't hurt your back!

The Mariner Moose helped with moving day this morning at Safeco Field.

The truck is loaded and ready to head south for the 39th edition of Mariners Spring Training. The moving truck was loaded up by members of the Mariners clubhouse, equipment and even video staff this morning and is scheduled to hit the road by noon today. The plan is for the truck to make two stops (near Medford, OR and Bakersfield, CA) before completing the 1,506-mile journey Thursday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.

The truck is loaded with everything from baseball equipment to jerseys to training equipment and office supplies. After a few days of unpacking and moving back into the facility in Peoria, the action starts late next week. Pitchers and Catchers report and have their physicals on Friday, Feb. 20 and the first workout is on Saturday. Position players report on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Here are some photos from this morning of the truck being packed, with a special appearance by The Mariner Moose.

Be sure to visit the blog each day during spring training for exclusive updates from Peoria.

Mariners Mondays – A Sweep in the Bronx

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium that took a month to complete.

April 29, the Mariners made their first trip of the year to New York and Robinson Cano made his Yankee Stadium debut in Mariners blue.

Starter Chris Young gave up a second-inning homer to Mark Teixeira and scattered two more hits over 5 2/3 innings to get his first win since 2012. Mike Zunino had a career-high 4hits, leading the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.

The next night’s game was rained out. In Game 3, Cano’s RBI double got the Mariners on the board in the 1st inning. He added a second RBI in the 3rd. Roenis Elias had an impressive outing, scattering six hits over 7.0 innings, and struck out 10 batters in the Mariners 4-2 win over the Yankees.

The game postponed from April 30 was played on June 2, a detour before a two-game set against the Braves in Atlanta. This time, the offensive star was Kyle Seager, who had four extra-base hits in the Mariners 10-2 rout over the Yankees. Felix got the win, his fifth straight.

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.

Watch Charlie Furbush on The [206] Tonight

Charlie Furbush with Pat Cashman and Chris Cashman.

Charlie Furbush with Pat Cashman and Chris Cashman.

Left-handed relief pitcher Charlie Furbush will make his comedic TV debut tonight (technically Sunday morning) as a guest of The [206] TV show following Saturday Night Live (on NBC/King 5).

Furbush joins Seattle comedians Pat Cashman, Chris Cashman and Dylan Avila on the show. Be sure to tune in to watch Charlie!

The Hot Stove Radio Show

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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 Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.

Guests that are scheduled to join the show include top prospect D.J. Peterson, hitting coach Howard Johnson, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel and Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Bob Dutton.

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.

MLB, MLBPA Announce Education Initiative with USAID in the Dominican Republic

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today a partnership with the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on education in the Dominican Republic.

The program will concentrate primarily on education in the Dominican Republic, in addition to initiatives supporting children with disabilities and combating domestic violence.

“Improving education has consistently been one of the primary goals of Major League Baseball’s efforts in the Dominican Republic,” said Ng.  “It is essential for the future of our game to provide these young players with the opportunity to develop in vital areas away from the diamond.  We are encouraged that the launch of this program with USAID and the Players Association will continue to strengthen Baseball’s educational initiatives in the Dominican Republic and build upon the progress we have made thus far.”

“The people of the Dominican Republic hold a special place in the hearts of all Major League baseball players,” stated MLBP Executive Director Tony Clark.  “With so many of our members calling the Dominican Republic home, it is an honor to join with Major League Baseball and USAID to provide funding that will help improve the lives of children and their families throughout the country.”

“Playing professional baseball requires dedication, sacrifice and lots and lots of practice,” said Ambassador Brewster. “This partnership with MLB and the MLBPA allows the people of the United States to share these values with young people throughout the Dominican Republic.”

“The partnership with Dominican baseball superstars will help USAID reach thousands of at-risk youth and encourage them to graduate high school, granting them more job opportunities,” said Feierstein.  “We also want to support the Dominican Government’s efforts to enable all children, irrelevant of need, to attend school, and help parents to provide a healthy home environment.”

Mariners players Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are very involved through community service to improve education in their native country.

 

Mariners Mondays – Offensive Outburst

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Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back at three games with lots of offense.

June 23 at Safeco Field was a 9-2 romp over Boston (it always feels good to beat the Red Sox). Felix Hernandez pitched 7.0 strong innings for the win and Logan Morrison hit a pair of home runs, the first multi-homer game of his career. Also contributing offensively, especially in the six-run 4th inning were Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley.

Next up, back-to-back games against the Astros where the Mariners scored a total of 23 runs. On June 30, Taijuan Walker had a shaky first few innings, but he settled in and with the help of four Mariners home runs (Zunino, Michael Saunders, Brad Miller, Cano), Walker got his first win of the season in the 10-4 victory over the Astros.

The next night was a similar story with the Mariners scoring again in double digits. Cano and Seager had three RBI each and James Jones added two for good measure, while Hisashi Iwakuma went 6.0 strong innings, in the 13-2 route of the Astros.

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

Go Seahawks!

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Today is Blue Friday in Seattle, as most of the city is eagerly anticipating Sunday’s big Super Bowl match-up between the Seahawks and Patriots. We are pulling for our neighbors to bring home a second consecutive Super Bowl victory. Go Seahawks!

Mariners Sign Catcher John Baker to Minor League Deal

New Mariners catcher John Baker.

New Mariners catcher John Baker.

The Mariners have signed catcher John Baker to a minor league deal with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Baker, 34, appeared in 68 games for the Chicago Cubs last season as the backup catcher, the most games he has played since a career-high 112 games with the Marlins in 2009. He hit .192 (35×182) with 7 doubles and 15 RBI with the Cubs.

He has played in 359 Major League games over seven seasons with the Florida/Miami Marlins (2008-2011), San Diego Padres (2012-13) and Cubs (2014). He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 4th round of the 2002 June Draft out of the University of California-Berkeley.

Baker is also part of a possible trivia question, as he recorded the pitching win and scored the game-winning run in a 16-inning game July 29 vs. Colorado. He became the first Cubs true position player to earn a win since Fred Pfeffer in 1885.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Peoria, AZ on Feb. 20 (physicals) and hold the first workout Feb. 21. Position players are scheduled to report for physicals Feb. 24 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 25.

The Mariners Spring Training roster is currently at 58 players (40 roster, 18 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 7 catchers (4 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster).

Tonight’s Lineup on the Hot Stove Radio Show

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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 Dave Valle and Shannon Drayer from the 710 ESPN studios for two hours of baseball talk.

Guests that are scheduled to join the show include right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker, Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn, former Mariner left-handed pitcher (and current Angels announcer) Mark Langston and Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish.

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.

Mariners Honored for Sustainability Leadership

Kid Compost and Captain Plastic

Kid Compost and Captain Plastic

The Mariners received an award on Saturday from Sustainable Seattle in recognition of our “commitment to raising the bar for sustainability in the Puget Sound region.”

The “Setting an Example” award was handed out during the Sustainability Leadership awards banquet in downtown Seattle.

Dennis McLerran, Environmental Protection Agency Regional administrator, commented on the Mariners award, “The Mariners reflect the green values of their city and fans as they set a national example for sustainable games. The sustainability practices the Mariner use at Safeco Field on a large scale – recycling, composting, installing efficient lights – are simple and impactful things fans can do at home.”

Since 2005, the Mariners sustainability practices have improved the recycling rate at Safeco Field from just 12% to over 90% today. We have twice been named American League Recycling champs, and are among the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance, a group of nearly 300 sports teams and venues dedicated to sustainable operations.

Just last week, we announced that Safeco Field is the first Major League ballpark to switch from outdated metal halide lights to LEDs to illuminate the playing field. This change will not only provide a better on-field experience for our players and for fans watching at the ballpark and at home, but will also reduce our energy consumption by 60%-70% percent.

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