There was a little bit of baseball news today as new manager Lloyd McClendon began putting his coaching staff together by hiring Trent Jewett. Trent has spent the last three seasons on the Washington Nationals coaching staff. He was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and prior to that spent one-and-a-half seasons as the first base coach.
Jewett and McClendon have history together, as the two were on the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff from 2001-2002 when Lloyd was the Pirates manager. In addition to serving as a Major League coach with the Pirates and Nationals, Trent managed 17 seasons in the minor leagues. He compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage, spending 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”
A few baseball writers chimed in on the hiring of Jewett.
Mariners announce Trent Jewett will be their bench coach. Was very well-respected in the Nats' clubhouse. Had been with them since 2009.—
Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) November 11, 2013
Here is the official news release that went out to the media this afternoon:
For the third year in a row, the Mariners Grounds Crew (yes, those dancing grounds crew members) will be holding a coat drive to help people in need during the winter months. The group led by head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson gathered 976 coast for kids and adults last year, and are hoping to reach 1,000 coats this year. New and used coats are welcome, and they will go to Battered Women’s shelter and the YWCA.
If you have a coat or two laying around that you could donate, Bob and his crew would love to find a home for it. You can drop it off at the front desk of Safeco Field (Third Base Entrance, 1250 First Avenue South). The deadline is December 14.
New manager Lloyd McClendon has been a busy man these past few days (check out a #MeetMac Day recap here), but he was able to spend about 30 minutes answering questions from Mariners fans on Twitter this morning.
Here is a roundup of the conversation:
Today we are spending the day introducing new Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon to the City of Seattle. Lloyd met with the Mariners front office this morning and will holds his introductory news conference at Safeco Field at 1 p.m. this afternoon. The news conference will air live on ROOT Sports and Mariners.com.
To get your morning started and primed on all things Lloyd McClendon, here are a few insightful articles from the Seattle media:
- Seattle Times – New Mariners manager McClendon draws raves from Leyland (Larry Stone)
- Seattle Times - Even as a Little-Leaguer, Lloyd McClendon was a leader (Geoff Baker)
- Tacoma News Tribune - McClendon’ s fire and grit reminiscent of Sweet Lou (John McGrath)
- Mariners.com - Mariners name McClendon next skipper (Greg Johns)
- 710Sports.com - What others are saying about McClendon (Shannon Drayer)
We’ll be posting photos from throughout the day on this blog, so be sure to check back. And of course, feel free to use the hashtag #MeetMac on any social media platforms.
Yesterday was a busy day with Hisashi Iwakuma selected as a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award and the Mariners naming Lloyd McClendon manager. Perhaps the best news of the day (while the other two were certainly great) came when Raul Ibañez was named the Hutch Award Winner.
The award is given each year to an MLB player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field. Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew will give the Hutch Award Luncheon’s keynote address; proceeds from the event will benefit cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Ibañez will receive the 49th annual Hutch Award® at a Jan. 30 luncheon at Seattle’s Safeco Field.
Ibañez has received the MLB Players Association Heart & Hustle Award three times and has four times been the Mariners nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s highest honor for community service. The Sporting News named Ibañez one the “Good Guys” in sports and he also received the Tug McGraw Good Guy Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the BBWAA.
Ibañez is as widely respected for his accomplishments on the field as he is for his character, leadership and community involvement.
His many community activities include chairing the annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament; supporting Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, which works to make books available to at-risk children throughout the state of Washington; and involvement with Make-A-Wish®, Boys & Girls Clubs, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Treehouse, Covenant House Pennsylvania and Project H.O.M.E.
He also serves as a spokesman for “Refuse to Abuse,” the Mariners’ unique partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The program raises awareness of violence in intimate relationships through public service announcements in both English and Spanish.
It is that time of year where the top prospect lists start to come out. Baseball Prospectus chimes in with their Mariners Top 10 this morning with an in-depth analysis of the Mariners Farm System. While the complete run-down is available only to subscribers (which is a great resource for baseball fans), here is the top 10 list and a peak at the detailed profiles of Taijuan Walker and D.J. Peterson. We’ll post additional prospect news/lists when Baseball America, MLB.com and any others publish their rankings.
Baseball Prospectus – Seattle Mariners Top 10 Prospects
by Jason Parks
The Top Ten
- RHP Taijuan Walker
- 1B D.J. Peterson
- LHP James Paxton
- RHP Victor Sanchez
- RHP Edwin Diaz
- LHP Luiz Gohara
- SS Chris Taylor
- LHP Tyler Pike
- C Tyler Marlette
- OF Gabriel Guerrero
1. Taijuan Walker
Height/Weight: 6’4” 210 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2010 draft, Yucaipa HS (Yucaipa, CA)
Previous Ranking: #1 (Org), #9 (Top 101)
2013 Stats: ERA 3.60 (15 IP, 11 H, 12 K, 4 BB) at major league level, 3.61 ERA (57.1 IP, 54 H, 64 K, 27 BB) at Triple-A Tacoma, 2.46 ERA (84 IP, 58 H, 96 K, 30 BB) at Double-A Jackson
The Tools: 7 FB; 7 CT; 5 CB; future 5 CH
What Happened in 2013: Walker started at the Double-A level and finished his season with three starts at the major-league level, displaying not only high-level stuff but also the necessary makeup to stand on a major-league mound as a 21-year-old.
Strengths: Electric fastball from easy release; works in the 94-96 range; can get more when he needs more; good movement to the arm side; cutter is a monster pitch; 89-93 with late horizontal movement to the glove side; curveball has big depth in the 73-76 range; average but effective offering; excellent pickoff move; big competitor.
Weaknesses: Command is below average; lacks plus projection; can work up in the zone too often; curveball has nice shape but can get soft; tendency to start it too high in the zone; will struggle to be effective unless it plays with sharper fastball command; changeup can get too firm; lacks quality fade.
Overall Future Potential: 7; no. 2 starter
Realistic Role: 7; no. 2 starter
Risk Factor/Injury History: Low risk; ready for majors
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: One of the top fantasy pitching prospects in the game, Walker has the type of arm that can help contribute strongly across all categories. I’m not sold that he’ll be someone who sits near the top of the league leaderboard in strikeouts, but there will be enough to go around (think around 190-200 at his peak).
The Year Ahead: Walker needs to refine his command and his secondary arsenal, but the fastball is a high-end major-league pitch, and the cutter can bail him out of situations. Oddly enough, the curve that received all the minor-league hype received the least amount of industry love, at least as far as major-league projection is concerned. Don’t rule out his changeup becoming a much better pitch than people are projecting; it doesn’t look good now, but he has feel for pitching and the power of the fastball will assist in the deceptive elements of the offering. I wouldn’t be shocked if it develops into a plus pitch down the line. Give it time.
Major league ETA: Debuted in 2013
2. D.J. Peterson
Height/Weight: 6’1” 190 lbs.
Drafted/Acquired: 1st round, 2013 draft, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Previous Ranking: NR
2013 Stats: .293/.346/.576 at Low-A Clinton (26 games), .312/.382/.532 at short-season Everett (29 games)
The Tools: 6 potential hit/power
What Happened in 2013: It’s a small sample, but Peterson did exactly what a polished college bat should do in the lower minors, which is slug .553 over two spots, including 13 home runs is 55 games.
Strengths: Natural hitter; easy to the ball; good extension; uses the entire field; shows plus power potential; doesn’t sell out for the tool; strength to lift the ball; arm is strong enough for third.
Weaknesses: Glove is below average at third; below-average range; likely home is across the diamond at first; has work ethic to improve at position, but the bat is the carrying tool; has to hit.
Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division third baseman
Realistic Role: 5; second-division first baseman
Risk Factor/Injury History: Moderate; difficult profile but good polish at present with plus projections on hit/power.
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: The key with Peterson is how long he can maintain that 3B eligibility, even if his future eventually lies across the diamond. If his bat comes close to maxing out, that’s the difference between a stud at the hot corner and a back-end starter at first base. However, it’s a tough task to put up big power numbers as a right-handed bat at Safeco.
The Year Ahead: Peterson could be ready to move fast, possibly reaching Double-A by summer. The bat is his ticket to a first-division future, and the reports since he signed have been very positive; his bat-to-ball is very easy, and the power is already showing up in game action. He’s going to hit. The big question is: Will he become a 6/6 hit/power type or will he fall short of those projections? Falling short with the stick could come with an even bigger sting if he does in fact shift over to first at some point in the development process, a move that my sources seem to think is a likely outcome.
Major league ETA: 2015
For the rest of the rundown on the top 10, please visit BaseballProspectus.com.
There was a lot of activity at Safeco Field today, which means the Hot Stove League is more than fired up. In addition to the great news that Hisashi Iwakuma has been named one of three finalists for the AL Cy Young Award, and Raul Ibanez winning the Hutch Award, we also named a new manager.
Lloyd McClendon will take over as skipper of the Mariners beginning in 2014. The former Pittsburgh Pirates manager and Detroit Tigers hitting coach, McClendon brings over 34 years of professional baseball experience to Seattle. We are looking forward to meeting Lloyd when he is introduced to the Seattle media on Thursday.
In the meantime, here is the news release that went out to the media today.
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named one of three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, joining Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Texas’ Yu Darvish.
Iwakuma had a breakout season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 starts. He ranked 3rd in the AL in ERA and 2nd with a club-record 1.006 WHIP.
Here are some bullet points on his amazing season. Congrats to Kuma on the very-much deserved recognition as a Cy Young Finalist!
- Finished his second Major League season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (65 ER, 219.2 IP) in 33 starts (23 quality starts).
- Ranked 3rd in the American League with a 2.66 ERA…5th-lowest ERA in Mariners history, trailing Felix Hernandez (2.27 in ’10, 2.49 in ’09) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).
- Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
- Among AL leaders ranked 3rd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T4th in quality starts (23), T4th in games started (33), 5th in opponent OPS (.630) and 12th in strikeouts (185).
- Led the Majors and set a Mariners record with 10 starts where he pitched at least 6.0 innings and did not allow an ER (5-0, 5 no-decisions)…Felix Hernandez recorded 9 starts of 6.0 or more IP, 0 ER in 2009.
- Record 5 no-decisions when pitching at least 6.0 innings with 0 ER allowed, tied for most during the searchable era (since 1916) with Roger Clemens in 2005…posted a 2.88 ERA (27 ER, 84.1 IP) in 13 no-decisions.
- Ranked 2nd in the AL and set a Mariners single-season record with a 1.006 WHIP (Walks + Hits per IP).
- Went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA (10 ER, 55.2 IP) over his final 8 starts of the season (8/16-9/25) to lower ERA from 3.02 to 2.66.
- Went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER, 35.2 IP) in 5 starts in September…2nd-lowest ERA in a month in club history (min. 4 GS), trailing only the 0.50 mark by Mark Langston in September 1988 (3 ER, 53.2 IP, 6 GS).
- Selected to his first All-Star Game, but did not pitch due to starting the final game before the All-Star break.
- Pitched in a career-high 219.2 innings, besting his Japanese career-high of 201.2 IP during his Pacific League MVP season in 2008…IP total was T3rd-most by a Japanese born pitcher trailing only Hideo Nomo (228.1 in 1996, 220.1 in 2002).
- Ended the season with a streak of 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings, including 8.0 scoreless innings in his season finale Sept. 25 vs. KC.
The Mariners have made a qualifying offer to Kendrys Morales.
So what exactly does that mean?
Here is a primer of what that qualifying offer means courtesy of ESPN.com and MLB.com:
For those who need to brush up on this concept, the qualifying offer was a new concept last offseason, and it works like this: Make a player an offer equal to that of the average of the top 125 player salaries and if he doesn’t accept, you get a supplemental first-round pick in next year’s amateur draft. Sign a player that received a qualifying offer, you lose a pick, either in the first round if you don’t have a protected pick (one of the top 10 selections in the draft) or your next available pick.
This year, a qualifying offer is $14.1 million, so any player who accepts a qualifying offer will be under contract for 2014 at that salary. The risk of a player accepting is balanced, however, by the value of that additional draft pick you might gain.
Morales – and the rest of the MLB players that were extended qualifying offers – have until next Monday (November 11) to decide whether to accept the offer and return on a one-year deal, or decline it, and become a free agent.
Morales, 30, batted .277 (167×602) while leading the team in batting average, hits (167), doubles (34), RBI (80), multi-hit games (46) and extra base hits (57) in his first season with the Mariners. His 23 home runs (2nd-most on the team) were the second-most in his career trailing 34 hit with the Angels in 2009.
Have you voted yet? Yes, King County election day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5), but while you are thinking of voting be sure to fill out our online ballot for the 2013 Major League Baseball GIBBY Awards (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards).
MLB’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
You can vote by clicking on the follow link: 2013 GIBBY Awards
These Mariners are listed in the following categories:
Top Starting Pitcher - Hisashi Iwakuma
Breakout Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma
Must C Play – Dustin Ackley sliding catch in center field August 30 at Houston
Must C Moment – Raul Ibañez put a cap on a strong 2013 season with Seattle when he tied Ted Williams’ record for the most home runs by a player age 40 or older September 21 at LAA. The veteran did so with his 29th long ball of the year — and the 300th of his career.