Opening Day Primer – Instant Replay

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MLB implemented instant replay review for the first time in 2014.  All things considered, it was considered a success and went smoothly.  A total of 2,430 games were played by the 30 teams last year, and managers challenged a total of 1,377 calls, about 1+ every other game.  The number of calls overturned was 609, about 48%.

Mariners Manager Lloyd McClendon asked for replay reviews 35 times, and 20 (57%) of those calls were overturned after review.

After reviewing the results in 2014, MLB has made the following modifications to replay review for the 2015 baseball season:

  • Managers may now invoke instant replay from the dugout and will no longer be required to approach the calling umpire to challenge a call.  Managers may hold play from the top step of the dugout by signaling to players and the home plate umpire that he is considering a challenge.  A decision can be communicated verbally or with a hand signal.  To challenge an inning-ending call, managers will be required to leave the dugout immediately in order to hold the defensive team on the field.
  • Whether a runner left the base early or properly touched a base on a tag-up play was not reviewable in 2014, but will be in 2015
  • During Postseason games, regular season tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game, managers will now have two challenges per game vs. one in 2014.
  • A manager will retain his challenge after every call that is overturned.  Last year, a manager retained his challenge only after the first overturned call.
  • A manager must use a challenge in order to review whether a play at home plate included a violation of the rule governing home plate collisions.  However, in the event that a manager is out of challenges after the start of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may still choose to review whether there was a violation of the rule.

Here is a good look at the Instant Replay modifications for 2015:

 

 

 

 

Game Central – Opening Day vs. Angels

04.06.15 Lineup

Game #1: Seattle Mariners (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Angels (0-0) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver
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
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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

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Mariners Opening Day History

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The Mariners open the 2015 season today vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field (1:10 pm). To prime you for the always-exciting season opener, here is some information on Opening Day and home openers in Mariners history. This will be the 39th season opener for the Mariners. Seattle has won its last 8 Opening Day games, which is tied for the 4th-longest Opening Day winning streak in Major League history.

Opening Day Record Book:

History of Mariners Home Openers:

Local Make-A-Wish Kid Prepares to Run Around the Bases

Jake Catterall of Tacoma will get the season started with a ceremonial run around the bases.

Jake Catterall of Tacoma will get the season started with a ceremonial run around the bases.

Jake Catterall, a Make-A-Wish recipient who is living with intractable epilepsy, a life-threatening medical condition, will fulfill a dream on Monday as he rounds the bases before the Mariners open the season against the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

“I’ve been a baseball fan since I was like three,” said Jake, who arrived at the stadium for a test run of the base paths on Friday afternoon.

The Mariner Moose was there to cheer Jake on during his practice run on Friday.

The Mariner Moose was there to cheer Jake on during his practice run on Friday.

Jake, a 12-year-old who lives in Tacoma, was referred to Make-A-Wish by his twin brother Brydon.

“He’s been through a lot. He’s had brain surgery and he has seizures a lot,” Brydon said of his twin brother. “I just thought that he deserved to have something awesome.”

A baseball fan to his core, Jake’s trot around the bases will signify the role that baseball plays in his life on and off the diamond. Despite a neurological condition causes Jake to have limited use of his right arm, he’s a pitcher and first baseman for his Little League team – and a good one, at that.

“How cool is this?” exclaimed Jake as he effortlessly tossed the baseball back and forth with his brother on the middle of the Safeco Field infield.

Jake, whose favorite player is Edgar Martinez, and his brother will help open the season as they yell “Play Ball!” before Felix Hernandez and the rest of the Seattle Mariners take the field to open the 2015 season.

For his wish, Jake, Brydon and his parents (Christopher and Stacy) will travel to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas this summer.

“I’m excited to be here,” Jake said.

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Felix Facts – Opening Day Edition

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Felix Hernandez will make his 8th career and 7th consecutive Opening Day start tomorrow vs. the Angels (1:10 pm at Safeco Field). Felix has been a dominating force on Opening Day, going 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Here are some interesting facts on Felix and his Opening Day prowess and how he stacks up against baseball history.

Final Spring Training Stats

The Mariners ended spring training play 13-17-2 in Cactus League play. Here is a look at the final statistics and game recaps. The Mariners open the 2015 season tomorrow at 1:10 pm vs. the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Mariners Set Opening Day Roster

Upon arrival back in the Emerald City, after completing a 32-game preseason schedule in Arizona, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Seattle opens the 2015 season Monday afternoon (1:10 pm) vs. the Angels at Safeco Field.

Opening Day Right Around the Corner

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Opening Day is just about 48 hours away, as the Mariners and Angels open the 2015 season at 1:10 pm Monday at Safeco Field. Major League Baseball has been rolling out team-by-team graphics on their social media channels (twitter, Instagram) and today the Mariners graphic went live. This is a pretty sweet image of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez. And we hope the message holds true for October Baseball! See you Opening Day!

Game Central – April 4 at Rockies

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Spring #32: Seattle Mariners (12-17-2) vs. Colorado Rockies (16-15-2) | 12:05 pm | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-3, 7.90) vs. RHP Eddie Butler (2-0, 0.86)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will air today’s game live…available live via mariners.com
TV: No TV coverage of today’s game
Live Stats
: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score of today’s game

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

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 43

Friday, April 3, 2015 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. LA Angels)

Game Recap:

Is it really time to go?

Is it really time to go?

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ allowed 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings and shortstop Brad Miller hit a two-run triple to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday evening in spring training play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners improved to 12-17-2 in preseason play with one exhibition game remaining tomorrow vs. the Rockies at Salt River Fields. The Mariners open the 2015 regular season Monday (April 6) vs. the Los Angeles Angels at 1:10 pm at Safeco Field (RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jered Weaver).

Starting pitcher J.A. Happ (2-3) turned in his best spring start in his final tune-up, scattering 2 hits in 4.0 scoreless innings. Happ struck out 4 batters and walked a pair while throwing 69 pitches (44 strikes). Relievers Danny Farquhar (1.1 IP, H, K) and Grady Wood (2.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K) and Paul Fry (1.0 IP, 2 K) held the Rockies to one run over the final 4.1 innings to secure the win. Fry recorded the save with a 1-2-3 9th inning with a pair of strikeouts.

The Mariners jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Miller tripled in a pair of runs and scored on a sac fly by Austin Jackson. First baseman Logan Morrison added to the lead with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

The Rockies pulled to within one run at 4-3 with a three-run 5th inning. Four consecutive singles by DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez led to the big inning.

Gabby Guerrero, the Mariners No. 3 prospect by MLB.com, added an insurance run in the 7th inning with a towering home run off the batter’s eye in center field.

Game Highlights: 

Good Genes: 

Mariners prospect Gabby Guerrero, nephew of Vladimir, hit a booming home run off the center field backdrop at Peoria Stadium. As a 20-year-old at High-A High Desert last season, he hit .307 (165×538) with 97 runs, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 18 home runs and 96 RBI in 131 games. We still don’t know where he is starting the season, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him move up to Double-A Jackson.

Taking The Time:

Dustin Ackley stops in autograph alley.

Dustin Ackley stops in autograph alley.

It’s been a fun and eventful spring for autograph seekers. After players come out of the game, they pass through autograph alley where fans can line up and meet their favorite Mariners. Today, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley and J.A. Happ came out of the game at the same time and all three stopped in the alley and signed until every single fan had a chance to have their souvenir signed. The Mariners really appreciate the fan support and make sure to stop by to say thanks.

Seattle Times Special Section Photography:

Ever wonder what goes into photographing the Mariners special section for the Seattle Times? Check out the link above to read about Bettina Hansen‘s first-hand account of her great photos.

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