Kyle Seager’s Big Day

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had a big day at Safeco Field, signing his long-term contract (through 2021 season with option for 2022) and holding a news conference with the local media. Here are some media interviews and articles on the day, as well as some photos.

And the video highlights from the news conference and his day at Safeco Field:

And some photos from throughout the day.

Mariners Sign Kyle Seager to Long-Term Contract

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed third baseman Kyle Seager to a 7-year contract through the 2021 season with a club option for the 2022 season. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

“This is a great day for the Seattle Mariners, our fans and the Seager family. As one of our homegrown players it is nice to know that he will remain with us for at least seven more seasons,” said Zduriencik. “Kyle has taken a step forward each season since joining the organization in 2009, and has turned into one of the premier third baseman in the game. He has exhibited class both on and off the field and is someone we are all extremely proud of. We are very pleased to announce this joint commitment by the Seattle Mariners and Kyle Seager as we strive toward our goal of winning a World Championship.”

Seager, 27, is coming off a career season in 2014 after batting .268 (158×590) with 27 doubles, 4 triples, 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games. He was selected to play in his first All-Star game and was the American League Gold Glove® winner at third base.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity that the Seattle Mariners have given me,” said Seager. “This is an amazing honor for me and my family to remain with such a great organization for the foreseeable future.”

The North Carolina native led the team in home runs (25), RBI (96) and extra-base hits (56) last season, becoming the first Mariners player since Raul Ibañez (2005-2008) to record 20 or more home runs in at least 3 consecutive seasons. Seager hit 20 homers in 2012, 22 in 2013 and 25 last season. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Presley as the only Mariners players with 20 or more homers in three of the first four seasons of a career.

Since his first full Major League season in 2012, Seager has averaged over 30 doubles, 50 extra-base hits, 20 home runs and 80 RBI a season. During this three-year span he combined to bat .262 (472×1799) with 94 doubles, 67 home runs and 251 RBI in 474 games. Seager’s 168 extra-base hits and 251 RBI ranked 2nd-most among third baseman, and 67 home runs are tied for 4th-most over the last three seasons.

Seager has been a mainstay in the lineup and at third base appearing in 520 of the Mariners last 540 games (since 8/2/11). He ended the 2014 season appearing in 126 consecutive games, the 6th-longest active “Iron Man” streak in MLB. In 157 games at third base last season he recorded the highest fielding percentage at .981 (8 E, 422 TC), the 10th-best mark by an AL third baseman dating back to 1948.

Seager made his Major League debut as a 23-year-old on July 7, 2011. He had a rapid rise through the Mariners organization after being selected in the 3rd round of the 2009 June Draft out of the University of North Carolina. In his first full professional season with High Desert in 2010, Seager batted .345 (192×557) in 135 games and led the minor leagues in hits and runs scored (126).

Mariners Team Store Events

Looking for that perfect Mariners present for the holidays? We’ve got you covered at any of the five Mariners Team Store locations (Safeco Field, Downtown, Bellevue Square, Southcenter, Alderwood). There are tons of holiday-themed Mariners gifts and of course tons of hats, jerseys, golf shirts and kids apparel to outfit the entire family in Mariners gear.

The Team Stores will also hold some upcoming events where you can meet some of your favorite Mariners and take advantage of special deals.

DAN WILSON & AARON GOLDSMITH AUTOGRAPH SESSION

  • Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson and broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith on Friday 12/5 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Alderwood Team Store

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CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION

  • Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/6 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Bellevue Team Store

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SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND

  • Saturday 12/6 & Saturday 12/13 from 10:00-5:00pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
  • 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
  • Get a FREE Mariners Stocking ornament with any purchase

HOT STOVE SHOW LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST

  • Friday 12/12 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bellevue Team Store
  • Hosts Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers will discuss baseball’s off-season with GM Jack Zduriencik live and other guests from around the game
  • Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!

MEET SANTA MOOSE!

  • Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/12 from 6:30-7:30pm
  • Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/14 from 1:00-2:00pm
  • Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/14 from 4:00-5:00pm

JAMES PAXTON AUTOGRAPH SESSION

  • Meet Mariners pitcher James Paxton on Saturday 12/13 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Southcenter Team Store

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Week of Edgar

At the end of the 2004 baseball season, Edgar Martinez announced his retirement after 18 years in the Major Leagues, all with one team – the Seattle Mariners. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is once again on the 2014-2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot, his sixth time to appear on the ballot. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012, 35.9 in 2013 and 25.2 last year.

Edgar became the Mariners regular third baseman in 1990 at the age of 27. In his first three seasons, he proved to be a good defensive third baseman and was the 1992 AL batting champion, the first of his two league batting titles. Injuries limited him in 1993 and 1994, and manager Lou Piniella moved him to designated hitter in 1995, the position he primarily played the rest of his career.

Edgar was very simply one of the top all-around hitters of his era as well as in baseball history. He combined power (best exemplified by his slugging percentage) with the ability to reach base safely (among the best in on-base percentage), both at rates that rank high on the all-time lists of Hall of Fame hitters. From 1990 (when he became a regular) and his retirement in 2004, the Mariners posted a .512 winning percentage, and were one of just 11 MLB teams to win more than 1,200 games. The franchise had never had a winning season (1977-1989) prior to his arrival, and has had just two .500 or better seasons since he retired.

Edgar’s skills on the field were only outshone by his character off the field. In addition to being beloved by teammates and respected by opponents, Edgar was (and is) an important benefactor to his community. He moved to Seattle when he joined the Mariners and never left. Following the 2004 season he was recognized with the Roberto Clemente Award, and in 2007 he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He, and his wife, continue to give generously to the greater Seattle community through The Martinez Foundation. The foundation is primarily focused on helping to provide resources and encouragement to highly-qualified young teachers and student-teachers of color to help provide underserved populations with educational opportunities.

The Mariners organization is proud to provide for your consideration the information below which is intended to present Edgar’s outstanding career accomplishments and put them into historical perspective.

 

 

Mariners Weekly Winter League Report (11.25.14)

Mariners Winter League Weekly Review (11.25.14)

Here is this week’s Mariners Winter League Report.

Mariners Grounds Crew Coat Drive

The Safeco Field grounds crew is taking a break from dancing to collect new and gently used winter coats for the needy.

The Safeco Field grounds crew is taking a break from dancing to collect new and gently used winter coats for the needy.

The hardest working grounds crew in Major League Baseball is taking some time over the holidays to help make the winter a little warmer for those in need.

Bob Christofferson and his team are sponsoring their annual coat drive to collect new and gently used coats to benefit the YWCA homeless and domestic violence support services and the Boys & Girls Clubs.

This is the third year the grounds crew has sponsored the collection. They’re accepting new and lightly worn coats for infants, kids, teens and adult men and women.

The coat drive ends on December 13th. If you’d like to help, bring new or gently used coats to the Third Base Entry at Safeco Field (that’s the ballpark’s main entrance, on the 1st Ave. side, across the street from the Great Floors carpet store). The reception desk is open from 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday.

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Fernando Rodney Meets Cougar Baseball

Fernando Rodney with the WSU Cougar Baseball team.

Fernando Rodney with the WSU Cougar Baseball team.

The Washington State University Cougar Baseball team is currently in the Dominican Republic for a five-game International tour. The Cougars got a chance to meet Mariners All-Star closer Fernando Rodney yesterday before their game in Boca Chica. Rodney threw out the ceremonial first pitch and posed for photos with the Cougar Baseball team.

The Cougars will complete their five-game schedule in the DR with an exhibition game vs. a group of Mariners players at the new Dominican Academy.

Fernando Rodney threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Fernando Rodney threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Mariners Add Three to 40-Man Roster

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced tonight the following roster moves:

Added to 40-Man Roster:

  • RHP Mayckol Guaipe selected to Major League roster (Michael gwhy-pay)
  • C John Hicks selected to Major League roster
  • INF Ketel Marte selected to Major League roster (kuh-TELL MAR-tay)

With these transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster is at 39 players.

Guaipe, 24, spent the 2014 season with AA Jackson making 40 relief appearances for the Generals. The right-hander posted a 1-3 record with 12 saves and a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP). He averaged 9.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (56 strikeouts) and posted the lowest WHIP (0.964) amongst Mariners full-season minor leaguers. The native of Barcelona, Venezuela was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Oct. 11, 2006.

Hicks, 25, split the season between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma batting .290 (84×290) with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 47 RBI in 81 games. The catcher has thrown out nearly 50% of attempted base-stealers during his four minor league seasons (137 CS, 151 SB), including 38.2% (26 CCS, 42 SB) in 2014. Following the regular season Hicks appeared in 13 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and hit .304 (14×46) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI. The native of Richmond, Va., was originally selected by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB June Draft out of the University of Virginia.

Marte, 21, hit .304 (159×523) with 79 runs scored, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs and 55 RBI in 128 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma. Amongst Mariners minor leaguers, the switch hitter ranked 3rd in batting average and hits, and 4th in stolen bases (29). He was named a Southern League All-Star batting .302 (134×443) in 109 games with Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma on Aug. 10. In 19 games as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, he batted .313 (25×80) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI. The native of Nizao, Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Aug. 13, 2010.

Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Mariners President Kevin Mather and Chair Emeritus John Ellis accept the CAPE Award from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Refuse To Abuse®, the Mariners long-standing domestic violence prevention program, was recognized today by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.

The award was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. In singling out the Mariners and Refuse To Abuse, the Commissioner said, “I am very proud of the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care for taking a leading role in educating fans and other members of their community on the importance of respectful relationships. This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways. Having communicated with many experts, we continue to work diligently toward a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity of domestic violence and how to best serve the interests of victims and their families. The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary. I thank the Mariners and all of our Clubs for their year-round efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

Refuse To Abuse is a statewide educational program in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It takes its name from the Refuse to Lose mantra of Mariners fans after the 1995 season. The program was launched in 1997 to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence.

Refuse To Abuse features Mariners players as role models, educating the community about available help and promoting respectful relationships to children and teenagers. Refuse To Abuse includes television, radio and print ads that deliver messages of respect and communicate that there is no excuse for domestic violence. The Mariners also sponsor a 5K run/walk at Safeco Field that raises money for WSCADV’s violence prevention efforts.

Mariners Claim LHP Edgar Olmos off Waivers

LHP Edgar Olmos made his Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins.

LHP Edgar Olmos made his Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club has claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.

The Mariners 40-man roster now stands at 36.

Olmos, 24, went 3-3 with 3 saves and a 4.06 ERA in a career-high 51 relief appearances combined between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.  He limited opponents to a .248 (71×286) average, while walking 30 and striking out 60 on 77.2 innings.  Olmos recently wrapped up his winter league assignment, going 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER, 11.0 IP) in 9 games with the Salt Rivers Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Olmos made his Major League debut with the Marlins on June 3, 2013 at Philadelphia, allowing only 1 hit in 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Over 5 appearances with Miami that season, he went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER, 5.0 IP). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, California.  He currently owns a 15-37 record with a 4.50 ERA (245 ER, 489.2 IP) in 179 games, 71 career starts over 7 seasons in the minor leagues.

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