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.

Manfred’s Takes Over as Major League Baseball Commissioner

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Yesterday was the first official day for new Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Manfred penned a letter outlining some of his goals as commissioner. Please give it a read as it really shows his passion for continuing to grow the game of baseball.

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Another interesting item is that there will be new baseballs for the 2015 season, of course with Mr. Manfred’s signature on them. Since the 2000 regular season, the official game-used baseballs have had the signature of former commissioner Bud Selig. Prior to the 2000 season, the official baseballs bore the signature of the respective league presidents.

} New Baseballs with Rob Manfred's Signature (MLB Photos)

Mariners Sign Veteran Outfielders Chavez and Gutierrez to Minor League Deals

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Endy and Franklin are back!

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik announced today that veteran outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have signed with the club as minor league free agents and will participate in Major League Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

Chavez, 36 (turns 37 Feb. 7), appeared in 80 games with the Mariners last season. He hit .276 (64×232) with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 23 RBI while playing all three outfield positions. This is the third consecutive spring training Endy will be a non-roster invite with the Mariners.

A veteran of 13 Major League seasons, Chavez has appeared in 1,151 career games with the Royals (2001), Expos (2002-04), Nationals (2005), Phillies (2005), Mets (2006-08), Mariners (2009, 2013-14), Rangers (2011) and Orioles (2012).

Gutierrez, 31 (turns 32 Feb. 21), is looking to make a comeback after not playing professional baseball last season. Gutierrez last appeared in the Majors in 41 games with the Mariners in 2013, batting .248 with 7 doubles and 10 home runs. He missed 106 games in two DL stints with a strained right hamstring, April 23-June 21 & June 25-Aug. 25. Gutierrez battled several injuries and illnesses during a three-season span from 2011-2013 that allowed him to appear in only 173 of 486 team games, making 6 separate trips to the disabled list. He was an American League Gold Glove winner in 2010.

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 57 players (40 roster, 17 non-roster), including 27 pitchers (7 non-roster), 6 catchers (3 non-roster), 12 infielders (3 non-roster) and 12 outfielders (4 non-roster).

Mariners Mondays – Bullpen Brilliance

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Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners bullpen shows why it was among the best in baseball, and the bats breakout in a big way.

Felix Hernandez was on the mound on July 5, as the Mariners met the White Sox in Chicago for the second of a three-game weekend series. Felix had given up just three hits when the White Sox scored two runs in the 8th. The Mariners came back to tie it up in the top of the 9th, and the Mariners bullpen took over. Four pitchers held the White Sox scoreless with one-hit baseball over the next five innings until the 2-2 tie was broken up in the 14th when Brad Miller hit an RBI double. Fernando Rodney then earned his League-best 25th save with a spotless bottom of the 14th.

The Mariners bullpen was sterling in the September 16 game at Angles Stadium on September 16.

Starter Roenis Elias surrendered two runs in the first inning and left the game with elbow stiffness after facing just one batter in the 4th. Five relievers held the Angels to just one hit over the next five and two-thirds innings, with young Carson Smith notching hisfirst Major League win.

The Mariners offense also helped out with an offensive outburst of 10 runs in the 5th and 6th innings.

The 13-2 win over the Angels put the Mariners within one game of the second Wild Card.

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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