Countdown to Minor League Opening Day: 3 Days Left!

With the Mariners beginning the season today vs. the Angels in Anaheim, the minor league players are wrapping up Spring Training in Peoria and will break camp and head to their individual’s teams tomorrow. The Mariners four full season affiliates, AAA Tacoma Rainiers, AA Jackson Generals, A High Desert Mavericks and A Clinton LumberKings will begin their seasons on Thursday! Players that are not on a full season roster will stay in Peoria until the short-season teams begin.

We followed Mariners infield prospect Patrick Kivlehan around during one of his workouts and had him take us through his daily routine.

Kivlehan, a two-sport star at St. Joseph’s in Montvale in New Jersey, turned down chances to play college baseball to accept his only Division 1 football scholarship offer and play for Rutgers. It wasn’t until after his junior season he even started to think about playing baseball again. After spending four seasons as a defensive back, Kivlehan decided he wanted to give baseball one last try. When football ended, Kivlehan asked Scarlet Knights baseball coach Fred Hill if he could walk on to the team. An injury to the projected starter at third base provided an opportunity, and Kivlehan’s took advantage of his opportunity.

Kivlehan and football

“I really missed baseball more and more every year after I stopped playing in high school,” Kivlehan said. “It was definitely an adjustment going from football all the time back to baseball, but looking back I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I learned so much from football that actually prepared me now to play baseball.”

Kivlehan and baseball

Kivlehan was selected by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player draft, after earning the first Triple Crown in Big East history during his senior season. He was the highest Draft choice out of Rutgers since Todd Frazier in 2007 and made his professional debut with the Everett AquaSox in the Northwest League in June of 2012. He was named short-season Class A Northwest League’s MVP, batting .301 (85×282) with 46 runs scored, 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 72 games.

Patrick Kivlehan

Patrick Kivlehan

In his first full season in the minor leagues in 2013, Kivlehan split the season between the Single-A Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League and the Single-A High Desert Mavericks in the California League. In 128 games, hit combined to hit .303 (148×489) with 74 runs scored, 25 doubles, 3 triples, 16 home runs, 90 RBI and 15 stolen bases. His 38 RBI during August led all minor league players, while also ranking as the most in any single month in the minors in 2013. Kivlehan recorded 11 RBI in a 2-game span, including a career-high 6 RBI on Aug. 9 vs. Lancaster (5×7, 4 R, 2B, HR, 6 RBI). He spent his off-season appearing in 18 games for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.

“I try not to set long term goals,” Kivlehan said. “I like to give myself shorter goals that I can focus on at that specific time, but in the long term my goal is definitely to have a successful career playing for the Seattle Mariners.”

Kivlehan was invited to participate in the Mariners Mini Camp in February, which is a structured camp for the organizations top 40 prospects that were not invited to Major League camp. He showed up a couple of days late, due to a snow storm that grounded him in New Jersey for a few extra days, but didn’t waste any time getting back up to speed. He even appeared in four games with the Mariners in the Major League camp as an extra.

Kivlehan will begin the 2014 season on the High Desert roster in the California League, but if he can start where he finished off last year he won’t last long with the Mavericks.

In his quest to make the Mariners roster in the near future, Kivlehan is putting in the daily grind in the minor leagues. He is constantly working on ways to improve his game, while taking advantage of every opportunity that is thrown his way. After spending the last two seasons playing third base, he will also play a little first base this season.

Here is a typical day for Patrick:

6:34 am – My alarm goes off at least 3 times before I actually get out of bed. After a quick shower I head down to the hotel lobby for a quick breakfast before making the short trek to the stadium to begin my day.

7:00 am – The hotel provides a continental breakfast. There is not a huge selection of breakfast food, but enough that I try to change it up and eat something different every day.

7:15 am – I walk the complex with my roommate Dario Pizzano and usually a few other guys that we met up with while eating breakfast.

7:20 am – I get settled in the clubhouse and begin getting ready for the day. With the new facility space in the minor league clubhouse is not an issue any more. Now sometimes if you are looking for someone it is a little harder to find them.

7:30-8:30 am – I spend the hour getting mentally and physically ready for the day. From working out in the weight room, to watching video and checking in with the training staff I use this hour to get in everything I need to be ready for the day.

8:45 am – All minor leaguers players meet each morning at 8:45 am with the coaching staff to go over the day’s schedule. Jack Howell leads the meetings and every day concludes with an inspirational quote of the day on the whiteboard.

Here is one of my favorites:

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – K. Blanchard

9:00 am – Time to head out to the field to stretch. We have the same stretching routine every day that is led by our strength and conditioning coach.

9:15 am – Next, comes the long toss. The position players pair off with other position players and the pitchers pair off with other pitchers. Instead of counting the number of throws, we are timed by the coaches. We begin throwing from 60 feet and continue to move back to around 120 feet. Infielders begin to move back in, while outfielders continue to stay at a further distance.

9:30 am – We start with individual defense. We take ground balls at our positions, but also work on specific situational plays as a group. On this day High Desert Manager Eddie Menchaca led the defense drills on field 6. I had it a lot easier than some of the outfielders, who had to do a lot more running in the outfield.

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10:00 am – Time to hit. With some many players we all don’t hit on the field every day, but rotate with who is in the cages and who takes batting practice of the field. This is definitely a highlight of the workouts. Everyone loves to hit.

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11:00 am – We finish the morning workouts the same way we started, with our conditioning routine. Though it is a different strength and conditioning routine than how we started the day.

11:30 am – Lunch time in the dining room.

12:00 pm – Time to get my uniform on and ready for the game. Luckily today is a home game and we don’t have to take a bus to another park.

1:00 pm – Game Time.

4:30 pm – Game over. We win!

4:45 pm – We head back to the clubhouse to unwind.

5:30 pm – Start heading back to the hotel and figure out what we want to do for dinner.

6:30 pm – After a short wait we sit down at best restaurant in walking distance of the hotel: Texas Roadhouse!

8:30 pm – We wrap up night relaxing. I spend part of my evening catching up on Scandal on Netflix. Dario has tried to get me into watching Breaking Bad with him, but we usually end up watching different shows.

11:00 pm – Time for bed, because tomorrow I will have to do it all over again.

We will continue to follow Patrick throughout the season and see how his day-to-day schedule changes. We will also focus on a number of the Mariners prospects as they work their way through the system and to the Major Leagues. Good luck to all the Mariners minor league players this season!

Mariners Game Central – Opening Night, March 31

Game #1: Seattle Mariners (0-0) at Los Angeles Angels (0-0) | 7:12 pm | Angel Stadium
Pitching Match-Ups: 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 on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN2…also via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
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 | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
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Opening Day Lineup

 

Opening Day is Here!

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THE SPIRIT OF OPENING DAY

Today you’ll dig in the closet for your glove and snap a ball into it while sipping your morning coffee.

Today you’ll drive to work and admonish yourself to “keep your head down” and your eye on the road.

Today your team will be in first and planning to stay there.

Today you’ll still be able to turn the double play.

Today you’ll end your contract holdout.

Today you won’t lose a business deal in the sun.

Today you’ll find yourself rotating your arm around your head to stretch the shoulder and keep it loose.

Today sunflower seeds strangely find their way into your back pocket.

Today you’ll think of wearing a black suit to match the eye black.

Today you’ll have the steal sign.

Today you slip up in a meeting and mention “our sales team vs. lefties.”

Today as the toast comes out of the toaster, you’ll still remember how to execute a perfect “pop-up” slide.

Today a hot dog and peanuts for lunch will sound about right.

Today you tell a co-worker to “get loose.”

Today the only strike you’ll know about is above the knees and below the armpits.

Today you’ll wear your jacket only on your pitching arm.

Today you’ll buy two packs of gum and stuff them in the side of your mouth to look like a player.

Today, during lunch, you’ll wonder why Coke doesn’t come in a wood can.

Today you’ll scratch yourself and spit for no apparent reason.

Today you’ll wonder why stirrup socks never caught on as a fashion rage.

Today you’ll be the rookie looking to make it big.

Today you’ll be the wily vet with just a little something left.

Today you’ll look for the AM dial on your radio.

Today mom’s watching.

Today dad’s in the backyard with his glove.

Today will be hopeful.

Today it’ll still be a kids’ game.

Today you’ll be a kid.

Today is Opening Day.

Final Spring Training Stats

Well, the Cactus League is officially behind us, with the club finishing with a 18-12-3 record. Tomorrow, the Mariners open the 2014 season with a night game vs. the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim (7:12 pm first pitch). Here is a look at the final spring training stats. I am sure like most of you, we can’t wait for first pitch tomorrow night when King Felix makes his seventh Opening Day start vs. Angels ace Jered Weaver!

Mariners Game Central – March 29 at Colorado Rockies

03.29.14 Lineup

Spring #33: Seattle Mariners (18-11-3) at Colorado Rockies (14-14-4) | 12:10 pm | Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Chris Young (0-0, 3.48 w/WAS) vs. LHP Franklin Morales (3-1, 2.21)
Radio: Radio coverage on 710 ESPN Seattle and on Mariners.com
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with play-by-play data

Spring Training Info | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Here is today’s game information (Game Notes, Travel Roster, Stats):

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 46

Friday, March 28, 2014 / 3 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 10 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Mariners Walk Off With Win In Final Peoria Spring Game of 2014

Minor league infielder Tyler Smith hit a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the 9th inning and Nate Tenbrink delivered a walk-off single to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies Friday night in Cactus League exhibition play at Peoria Stadium.

The Mariners trailed 2-0 and were limited to 4 hits in the first innings before storming back for their 18th Cactus League victory. John Buck led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a fielding error by Rockies shortstop Josh Rutledge. Smith, who was the Mariners 8th round pick out of Oregon State last June, lined a double down the left field line to score pinch-runner John Hicks and Endy Chavez. After an intentional walk to Stefen Romero, Tenbrink lined a one-out single into right field for the game-winner.

Smith, who was the 2013 Appalachian League MVP for the Pulaski Mariners, is batting .571 (8×14) with 9 runs scored, one double, one triple, one home run and 6 RBI in 13 Cactus League games. Center fielder Abraham Almonte (1×2), second baseman Robinson Cano (1×3, 2B), third baseman Kyle Seager (1×3) and designated hitter Logan Morrison (1×3) also recorded hits.

Starting pitcher Roenis Elias made his final Cactus League start in preparation for his Major League debut next Thursday vs. the A’s in Oakland. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs, striking out 5 and walking 2 in 5.0 innings. Relief pitchers Yoervis Medina (2.0 IP, 3 K), Fernando Rodney (1.0 IP, H, BB) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP, BB) held the Rockies scoreless the rest of the way.

The Rockies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the 3rd inning. After a leadoff triple by pitcher Tyler Chatwood, a two-out double by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and single by left fielder Carlos Gonzalez put the Rockies up 2-0. Chatwood left the game for a pinch-runner with a strained left hamstring and cramping.

Mariners Set 25-Man Roster
In case you didn’t see it, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Here is the news release that went out today explaining the roster moves and who you will see in uniform when the team takes the field Monday in Anaheim.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (18-11-3) complete the Cactus League schedule with a game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday. You can hear all the action on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Right-hander Chris Young is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Saturday against Rockies left-hander Franklyn Morales.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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Mariners Set Opening Day Roster

In case you didn’t see it, the Mariners have set the Opening Day 25-man roster. Here is the news release that went out today explaining the roster moves and who you will see in uniform when the team takes the field Monday in Anaheim.

 

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 45

Thursday, March 27, 2014 / 4 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 11 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

Big Leaguers In Minor League Action
Starter James Paxton, outfielder Corey Hart and catcher John Buck each took part in an intrasquad game this afternoon, a game between the Triple- and Double-A Mariners squads.

Paxton tossed the equivalent of six innings and finished with a pitching line of 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Catcher John Buck was behind the plate for all six of Paxton’s innings and finished his day by going 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, two home runs, two RBI and a walk. Corey Hart went 2-for-7 and also reached base on an error.

When you go to a low-key instrasquad game where the mood is more relaxed, you’ll see a few things you don’t normally see. In the first inning, the umpire working the game took his time calling a fly ball heading towards foul territory before yelling “FOUL!” Buck good-naturedly mocked the umpire, walking up the line, leaning, and yelling “FOUL!” As he walked back to home plate, Buck and the umpire shared a smile and a high-five.

Later in the game, Corey Hart singled to left field and was replaced by a pinch-runner, but instead of leaving the field, he took the first base coach’s helmet and took his place in foul territory. A few pitches later, Jesus Montero rifled a foul ball past Hart’s head…let’s just say that Corey didn’t stay there very long.

Earlier in the game, James Paxton was pitching to Corey Hart with John Buck behind the plate, as you’ll see in the video below, Hart didn’t realize where the pop-up went so he didn’t move and Buck had a hard time finding it until he collided with the third baseman who had made the play. The third baseman, on the ground, said, “That’s a big dude!”

 

Six-foot, 10-inch Right-Hander Chris Young Joins Mariners

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher Chris Young to a Major League contract.

Young will be in uniform (#53) and on the field on Friday when the Mariners host the Colorado Rockies.

To make room on the Major League 40-man roster, Bobby LaFromboise has been designated for assignment. Seattle now has 10 days to trade, release or outright LaFromboise’s contract to the minor leagues.

Young, 34, had spent this Spring Training with the Washington Nationals where he posted a 3.48 ERA (4 ER, 10.1 IP) with nine strikeouts in four games including two starts.

He spent the entire 2013 season in the Nationals minor league system, posting a record of 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA (28 ER, 37.0 IP) with 21 strikeouts in nine appearances, all starts with AAA Syracuse (7 GS), short-season Auburn (1 GS) and the Gulf Coast League Nationals (1 GS). He underwent a right shoulder thoracic outlet decompression procedure on June 11 which was performed by Dr. Robert Thompson.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander is the second-tallest player (tied) in Major League history and is the same height as Mariners great Randy Johnson.

Young is a veteran of nine Major League seasons with the Rangers (2004-2005), Padres (2006-2010) and Mets (2012) where he has combined to go 53-43 with a 3.79 ERA (375 ER, 890.2 IP) in 159 career starts and was an All-Star with San Diego in 2007. He began his professional career in 2000 in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before being traded to the Montreal Expos before the 2003 season.

He earned a B.A. in politics from Princeton where he played baseball and two seasons of basketball and was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in both sports in 1999.

Minor League Game, Major League Autographs
After Paxton, Buck and Corey Hart left the minor league game, plenty of fans were able to walk right up and get a few autographed items.

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What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-11-3) will play a home-and-away set against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all the action for both games on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Friday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 44

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / 5 Days ‘til Opening Night (March 31 at Los Angeles Angels) / 12 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Angels)

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Game Recap vs. Texas Rangers

Despite a strong start from right-hander Erasmo Ramirez and a long home run from Justin Smoak that snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth inning, Seattle dropped a 5-3 decision at the Texas Rangers in front of 7,621 fans at Surprise Stadium Wednesday in Cactus League play.

Ramirez scattered three hits in five-plus innings of work, striking out six and not walking a man. The only run he allowed came when a runner he left on base scored off of the bullpen. Ramirez finished the Cactus League season with a 1.14 earned run average.

Following the game, manager Lloyd McClendon said that Ramirez “is my number two starter.”

After Rangers starter Colby Lewis tossed 5.0 shutout innings of his own, Seattle broke through for three runs in the top of the sixth inning, keyed by a long home run to right field by first baseman Justin Smoak. It was Smoak’s third homer of the spring and he finished the game 1-for-3 to raise his average to a solid .311.

Seattle added a third run in the 6th inning, as Michael Saunders bunted his way aboard, Nick Franklin followed with a base hit to right field, and Dustin Ackley collected an RBI single.

The Rangers answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Charlie Furbush (0-2). Furbush allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, including a home run by Kevin Kouzmanoff, in one inning of work. Texas added one more run in the seventh off of Joe Beimel.

Danny Farquhar pitched a scoreless eighth inning to keep the game close, but Seattle was unable to score in the ninth.

 

Sports Illustrated Cover: Robinson Cano
Sports Illustrated’s 2014 MLB season preview is here, and Mariners slugger Robinson Cano graces one of the regional covers. The other players who share the distinction include the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka, the Cardinals Yadier Molina and the Angels Mike Trout.

ROOT SPORTS Northwest Coverage
ROOT Sports Northwest will carry the two final games of the spring vs. the Rockies March 28-29. Both telecasts will be joint productions of ROOT Northwest and Rocky Mountain. Dave Sims will be the lead announcer on Friday, March 28; the Rockies lead announcer will handle Saturday, March 29. Mike Blowers and the Rockies analyst will be in the booth for both games.

The Mariners games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

The Mariners games on Friday and Saturday will be televised by ROOT SPORTS.

Getting Lonely In The Desert
Not counting the home-state Diamondbacks (and their Cubs opponent), come Friday, the Mariners and Colorado Rockies will be the only teams left in sunny Arizona. Most other teams are off to either their Opening Day cities or minor league towns around the country. In previous years, Seattle has played games in Albuquerque and Salt Lake City before starting the Championship season but this year will stay in the desert before heading to Anaheim on Saturday night.

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Boxes, Boxes & More Boxes
With spring training quickly coming to a close, everybody in camp including players and staff are busy packing everything up to make sure everything gets on the shipping truck back to Seattle. It’s a difficult task when you don’t know which players are going where, how much you need, what you need on the opening road trip…oh, and you have to ship cars to various locations as well. Ryan Stiles, Billy Sepich, Jeff Bopp, Pete Fortune and Chris DeWitt do a great job of making sure the team only has to worry about getting ready for the game and this is one part of it.

Billy Sepich works on getting things packed up as Spring Training comes to a close.

Billy Sepich works on getting things packed up as Spring Training comes to a close.

Game Highlights

 

Cactus League Report
The final Cactus League Report of 2014 will air tonight from 7-8 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and will be hosted by Matt Pitman. Guests will include: Jack Zduriencik, Felix Hernandez, Logan Morrison, Michael Saunders and Mariners Senior Director of Marketing Gregg GreeneAaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will have a Round Table discussion as well.

What’s on Tap:
The Mariners (17-11-3) will have a day off on Thursday before playing a home-and-away set against the Colorado Rockies on Friday and Saturday. You can hear all the action for both games on 710 ESPN Seattle with Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith calling the action. The games will also be televised by ROOT SPORTS Northwest. Left-hander Roenis Elias is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Friday against Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Single Game Tickets on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the 2014 Seattle Mariners season are currently on sale. Highlights of the 81-game home schedule include Opening Night (Tuesday, April 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels), Beard Hat Night, Turn Back The Clock Night, Bat Night, Lou Piniella’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame, three postgame fireworks shows, and a host of other special events and giveaways (available at this link mariners.com/promotions). Tickets will be available without a service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and Seattle Mariners Team Stores. They’re also available at mariners.com, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (service charges apply).

 

Mariners Groundskeeper Shares Expertise in Korea

Mariners groundskeeper Tim Wilson helps the crew from the LG Twins in Seoul build a new home plate area

Mariners groundskeeper Tim Wilson helps the crew from the LG Twins in Seoul build a new home plate area

What does a Mariners groundskeeper do when he’s not tending to Safeco Field? He travels halfway around the world to work at someone else’s ballpark.

Mariners Assistant Groundskeeper Tim Wilson is just back from a trip to Korea where he consulted at four pro stadiums. Wilson spent nine days in Korea in early March working with crews from the Samsung Lions in Taegu City, the NC Dinos of Changwon City, LG Twins in Seoul and Seoul Olympic Stadium.

In total, Wilson helped build 13 pitchers mounds (field and bullpen), set four home plate cutouts, finish-graded dirt infields, set bases, and consulted on grass and turf care and maintenance.

Wilson got the gig on a referral from his friend Luke Yoder, who is the head groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres. When Wilson got the offer he jumped at the chance to go.

Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson trains a crew from the LG Twins in Seoul.

Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson trains a crew from the LG Twins in Seoul.

“It was an honor to represent Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners and do what I could to help out a few teams in Korea. I was treated like a VIP the entire trip, not only by my interpreter and driver, but by each team and staff I was able to meet with,” says Wilson.

By coincidence, while Wilson was in Changwon City he got word that the Dinos had just signed former Mariners outfielder Eric Thames. Put that one in the “small world” folder.

Wilson had a chance to go to Australia to do some consulting with teams there. Unfortunately, the schedule didn’t work out. But he’s already agreed to go back to Korea in the fall to help with three new stadiums being built there.

“It’s exciting to see how professional baseball is expanding worldwide and the art of groundskeeping and field maintenance is improving as well,” says Wilson.

While in Korea consulting with stadium grounds crews there, Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson did a little sightseeing.

While in Korea consulting with stadium grounds crews there, Mariners Asst. Groundskeeper Tim Wilson did a little sightseeing.

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