The Seattle Mariners open the 2016 regular season on the road at the Texas Rangers on Monday, April 4. The game will be one of seven games televised nationally by ESPN over the first two days of the season on Sunday, April 3rd and Monday, April 4th. The Mariners and Rangers will be the second games televised on Monday starting at 1:05 p.m. PT (3:05 pm CT).
After a three-game set in Arlington, the Mariners return to Safeco Field for the home opener on Friday, April 8, vs. the Oakland Athletics.
MLB also announced, for the second consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season on Sunday, October 2nd will begin at 12:00 p.m. PT. The overlapping schedule aims to maximize the excitement of Postseason races throughout the sport on the season’s final day.
The schedule for ESPN on Sunday, April 3rd and Monday, April 4th will be as follows (all times are in PT unless noted):
SUNDAY, APRIL 3RD
- 10:05 a.m. (PT) – STL @ PIT ESPN
- 1:05 p.m. (PT) – TOR @ TB ESPN2
- 5:35 p.m. (PT) – NYM @ KC ESPNMONDAY, APRIL 4TH
- 10:05 a.m. (PT) – HOU @ NYY ESPN
- 1:05 p.m. (PT)/3:05 p.m. (CT) – SEA @ TEX ESPN
- 4:05 p.m. (PT) – LAD @ SD ESPN
- 7:05 p.m. (PT) – CHI @ LAA ESPN2
It’s not every day young ballplayers get tips on their pitching form or stand in on the Wiffle® Ball diamond against a Cy Young winner.
But that’s what happened on Monday as Mariners ace Felix Hernandez visited the Smilow Clubhouse and Teen Center at Rainier Vista.
The skills clinic and Wiffle® Ball game for Little Leaguers and participants in the Reviving Baseball in Innercities program followed a ceremony where Felix awarded grants totaling $100,000 to five Seattle non-profit organizations.
The grants are part of the Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association “Players Going Home” program that gives select players the opportunity to contribute to non-profits in their home towns or adopted hometowns.
The organizations Felix chose to receive grants were the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County ($30,000); Washington State Little League Districts 8/9 Challenger program for children with disabilities ($30,000); Baseball Beyond Borders ($20,000); Seattle Central Little League ($10,000); Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer initiative ($10,000).
Before arriving at Rainier Vista, Felix spent time at Seattle Children’s visiting with patients in the playroom and on the cancer ward.
The MLB/MLBPA “Players Going Home” program is part of the previously announced $30 million jointly-funded and jointly-administered youth initiative created by the MLBPA and MLB to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
Since Jerry Dipoto was hired as the Mariners General Manager, he’s been talking about having a more athletic team, especially in the vast Safeco Field outfield. Today’s trade with the Texas Rangers that brought Cuban centerfielder Leonys Martin did just that, it brought an athlete that can cover a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield.
“The addition of Martin gives us a premier defensive center fielder,” said Dipoto. “His athleticism and speed will be strong additions to our lineup as we continue to mold the roster.”
To give you an idea of Martin’s defensive prowess, over the last three seasons (2013-15), Martin ranks 4th in the Majors amongst center fielders in defensive runs saved (44) behind the Mets Juan Lagares (56), Royals Lorenzo Cain (49) and Astros Carlos Gomez (46).
To give you some background on Leonys, he defected from Cuba in the late summer of 2010 and established residency in Mexico before signing with the Texas organization. When he was still a free agent, he took part in the same workouts as Mariners lefty Roenis Elias as they were looking to latch on with a Major League organization. During his career in Cuba, he played five seasons with Villa Clara in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, where he hit .314 (417×1329) with 329 runs, 62 doubles, 1 triple and 38 home runs.
WINTER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS
- LHP Ryan Horstman has allowed 5 hits, 5 walks and struck out 4 over 8.1 scoreless innings in 8 relief appearances for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. He has limited opponents to a .192 (5×26) average, including a .143 (3×21) clip vs. right-handed batters.
- LHP James Paxton is 2-3 with a 4.44 ERA (12 ER, 24.1 IP) in 6 starts with the Javelina’s. He has limited opponents to .293 (26×83) average, while walking 8 and striking out 22 batters. In his last start he recorded the win in Peoria’s 6-5 victory at Salt River on Nov. 11 (4.0,3,2,2,4,5,HR).
- After allowing 2 runs in his first appearance with Peoria, LHP David Rollins has allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and struck out 4 over his last 7 games (6.2 IP).
- 1B/OF Kyle Petty has hit safely in 12 of 14 games, including 6 multi-hit contest with Adelaide. Overall he is batting .393 (22×56) with 12 runs scored, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 17 RBI, 2 walks and 5 stolen bases in 14 games with the Bite in the ABL. He has recorded at least 1 hit and drove in at least 1 run in each of his last 7 games, batting .444 (12×27) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 home runs and 14 RBI. Petty currently leads the Australian Baseball League in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.732), total bases (41) and HR/AB (1/11.20), while also ranking T1st in hits (22), T2nd in RBI (17) and extra-base hits (9), 3rd in stolen bases (5), T4th in runs scored (12) and 4th in average (.400).
- INF Jordan Cowan has hit safely in 7 straight games for Adelaide, batting .414 (12×29) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 4 stolen bases. Overall in 14 games, Cowan is batting .323 (20×62) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 2 walks and 8 stolen bases. He leads the ABL in stolen bases (8), while ranking T3rd in at-bats (62), 5th in hits (20) and 9th in average (.333).
- RHP Kody Kerski is 0-1 with 3 saves and a 1.93 ERA (1 ER, 4.2 IP) in 6 relief appearances with the Bite.
- LHP Vidal Nuño is 5-1 with a 2.13 ERA (9 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts with Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He has limited opponents to a .229 (32×140) average, while walking 5 and striking out 25. In his last start on Nov. 15, Nuño (7.0,7,4,2,0,6) earned his 5th win as Aragua defeated Margarita 5-4. Nuño is currently tied for the lead in the VWL in wins, while ranking 3rd in WHIP (0.97), 5th in innings pitched (38.0) 6th in ERA (2.13). Also among VWL starters he ranks 2nd in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings (8.76) and in lowest walk per 9.0 inning ratio (0.95).
- SS Ketel Marte made his 2015 Winter League debut with Gigantes del Cibao in the DWL on Nov. 9. He has hit safely in 4 of his first 5 games, batting .211 (4×19) with 3 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases.
- RHP Stephen Landazuri is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA (12 ER, 33.1 IP) in 5 starts with Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League. He has limited opponents to .260 average (30×131), while walking 4 and striking out 33.
- RHP Osmer Morales has appeared in 11 games with Lara in the VWL, going 1-1 with a 1.50 (3 ER, 18.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .161 (10×62) average, while walking 8 and striking out 17. Over his last 7 relief appearances he has allowed only 1 earned run over 14.0 innings (0.64 ERA), while allowing only 5 hits, 6 walks and striking out 11.
MARINERS PROSPECTS PLAYING THE PREMIER 12 TOURNAMENT
The Quarter Finals for the Premier 12 Tournament begin today with the Semi Finals Nov. 18-20 and the Finals on Nov. 21. All 5 of the Mariners prospects currently playing in the 2015 WBSC Premier 12 tournament, have moved into the Quarter Finals. Outfielders Gareth Morgan and Tyler O’Neill are currently representing Team Canada, RHP Emilio Pagan and LHP Nick Valenza are on Team Puerto Rico and INF Gianfranco Wawoe is on the Team Netherlands roster.
The first-ever WBSC Premier 12 will determine the best overall National Team. Nations have qualified for the 2015 WBSC Premier12 based on their Top 12 finish in the final 2014 WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which are based on the performance of each country’s U-12, U-15, U-18, U-21 and men’s National Teams in official international competitions sanctioned by WBSC. The men’s National Teams from the Top 12 nations earned the right to have their top players compete in Japan and Taiwan on this head-to-head 2015 WBSC Premier 12 stage, which will run from 8-21 November.
To follow along, go to: http://wbsc.org/en/tournaments/2015-premier12 for all the latest information.
WELCOME TO SEATTLE ANDY MCKAY
Andy McKay was named the Mariners Director of Player Development on Oct. 21. McKay comes to Seattle from the Colorado Rockies where he has been Peak Performance Coordinator for the Rockies minor league system since September of 2012. Prior to joining the Rockies, Andy was the Head Baseball Coach at Sacramento City College for 14 seasons (1999-2012). He compiled a record of 427-205-2 (.675) with 8 League Titles, and finished in the top-3 in the State of California 3 times, including 1 State Championship. He was the Assistant Coach at Sacramento City College from 1994-1998, after spending one season as a Player/Coach at the University of Tampa in 1993. Tampa won the Division II National Title in his only season there. McKay has also coached in the summers in the Cape Cod League and the Northwoods League. The Sacramento native, is a graduate of Del Campo HS (Sacramento), Sacramento City College and Sacramento State University. He earned his MBA in Organizational Behavior Studies from Sacramento State in 1996. In addition to coaching at Sacramento City College, McKay taught classes in Physical Education and Business.
If you want to get to know more about Andy check out this article by Greg Johns on Mariners.com:
Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers was officially inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.
Blowers was one of 10 people honored by the Legion. They included long-time Legion coaches and star players, as well as Major Leaguer Grady Sizemore, an Everett native, and University of Washington alum and former NFLer Jake Locker.
Blowers, who was a stand-out shortstop in high school, played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County.
“It’s a Great Honor be here and a part of the 90 year history of American Legion Baseball,” said Blowers. “To think of all the people that played American Legion Baseball this is really special to be recognized by them.”
Blowers went on to star at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, where he was PAC-10 North Division Triple Crown winner, and an 11 year Major League career. Mike is entering his 10th year as a member of the Mariners broadcast crew.
Other American Legion Hall of Fame inductees are:
Colin Curtis — Starred in America Legion Baseball with Lakeside Recovery, High School baseball star at Issaquah High School, Arizona State University and played 31 games with the New York Yankees (Outfielder) in 2010.
Ron Jackson — Longtime Legion Baseball Coach in Spokane area.
Randy Jorgensen — Played High School Baseball (Meadowdale) and American Legion Baseball, Baseball at UW ’92 & ’93, seven years in the Mariners organization (including with Bellingham in ’93 and Tacoma ’98).
Larry Libby — Longtime American Legion Baseball Umpire in the Skagit and Snohomish County area.
Jake Locker — American Legion, High School and Summer League Baseball Player. Starred in football at the University of Washington, First Round Pick (8th Overall) of Tennessee Titans in 2011. Played for Titans 2011-2014 before announcing retirement in 2015.
Donnie Marbut — Played American Legion Baseball, Aberdeen High School, Edmonds Community College and Portland State Baseball. 11-year WSU Head Baseball Coach (2005-2015).
Bill McCutchin — Longtime Legion Coach in the Mt. Vernon/Skagit County area.
Leonard Pyne — Star American Legion Baseball player in Spokane area in 1940. Played at Central Valley High School and University of Idaho. Taught and coached baseball at Columbia Basin College for 30 years, Inducted into NWAC Hall of Fame in 1990.
Grady Sizemore — Star Football and Baseball player at Cascade High School in Everett. Played American Legion Baseball. Was going to play football (RB) for the University of Washington until drafted by Montreal Expos in the 3rd Round of 2000 Draft. Chose baseball and played in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia (2015) and Tampa Bay (2015).
Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis checked in this morning with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on MLB Network’s Hot Stove. The trio covered plenty of ground as they talked about his Moose Clausen Community Service Award, the Toys for Kids Auction, the beginning of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Major League career and went head-to-head with Reynolds to see who could better remember their fellow teammates from the 1982 Lynn Sailors.
It has been a busy time for the Mariners baseball operations department during the last few weeks, as the group has been putting its team together not just on the field, but in the front office. As ESPN’s Jayson Stark noted on twitter, “Jerry Dipoto is the early leader for most hyperactive GM. Already two trades involving nine players, one signing (Gutierrez) and two waiver claims!”
General Manager Jerry Dipoto, VP & Assistant G.M. Jeff Kingston, VP of Player Personnel Tom Allison & Special Assistant to the G.M. Joe Bohringer were in Boca Raton, FL for the G.M. meetings during the early part of this week and at the conclusion of those sessions, they made a trip to the Dominican Republic.
Dipoto, Kingston, Allison and Bohringer were joined at the Mariners Dominican Baseball Academy by Manager Scott Servais and Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz. The group will be there through the weekend checking in with the staff and players and watching games during the instructional league at the academy before they return home to Seattle.
Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz has been selected to the 2015 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team.
The award is the first of Cruz’s career and the first Silver Slugger Award for the Mariners since Ichiro Suzuki in 2009. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. (7x) and Ichiro (3x) as the only Mariners outfielders to win the Award.
Cruz, 35, hit .302 (178×590) with 90 runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, 93 RBI, a .369 on-base percentage & .566 slugging percentage in 152 games. He was amongst American League leaders in home runs (44/2nd), slugging percentage (.566/3rd), OPS (.936/4th), multi-hit games (49/T11th), batting average (.302/8th), RBI (93/T12th), extra-base hits (67/T10th), go-ahead RBI (27/T5th) and game-winning RBI (14/T7th).
Nelson led the team in runs (90), home runs (44), RBI (93), walks (59), average (.302), on-base percentage (.369) & slugging percentage (.566) while setting career bests in runs (90), hits (178), home runs (44) and walks (59).
He became the first player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-2013) to record consecutive 40-homer seasons and the 53rd player with consecutive 40-HR seasons. His 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season were T4th-most in ballpark history. His 44 home runs tied the Mariners record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter (Jay Buhner, 44 in 1996).
Cruz was voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League, his 4th All-Star game selection (2009, 2013-2015) and second start (also: 2014).
Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2015. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
Former Major League third baseman Scott Brosius was added to the organization as Seattle’s Triple-A hitting coach. Brosius will join the Rainiers staff after spending the last 14 seasons, including the final 8 seasons as manager at Linfield College. He joined Linfield College as an assistant coach in 2002 and was named manager prior to the 2008 season. In eight seasons as manager, Brosius compiled a 270-96 win-loss record while leading the Wildcats to a national championship, four regional titles and five Northwest Conference crowns. He led Linfield to the playoffs a total of six times, including three straight years from 2013-15, for a total postseason record of 29-14. Under his reign, Linfield captured its first NCAA baseball title in 2014 and returned to the Finals in 2013, achieving the first back-to-back national appearances in program history. Brosius was named West Region Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and Northwest Conference coach of the year five times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014).
Brosius appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-1997) and New York-AL (1998-2001), batting .257 (1001×3889) with 544 runs scored, 200 doubles, 8 triples, 141 home runs, 531 RBI and 57 walks over 1,146 career games. He was originally selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft out of Linfield College and made his Major League debut with the Athletics on Aug. 7, 1991 vs. Seattle (2×4, R, HR, RBI). He was part of winning three World Series titles with the Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000, was a Golden Glove award recipient in 1999, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, and played in the 1998 All-Star Game.
Getting to know Scott Brosius:
- Attended Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon.
- He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of the 1987 amateur draft and signed his first professional contract on June 9, 1987.
- Appeared in parts of 11 Major League seasons with Oakland (1991-1997) and New York-AL (1998-2001), batting .257 (1001×3889) with 544 runs scored, 200 doubles, 8 triples, 141 home runs, 531 RBI and 57 walks over 1,146 career games.
- Made his Major League debut on Aug. 7, 1991 vs. Seattle, going 2-for-4 with 1 run scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI.
- Traded to the Yankees from Oakland on November 18, 1997 for a Player to be Named Later (RHP Kenny Rogers).
- Recorded 11 multi-home run games in his career, including 4 in 1996.
- Appeared in the World Series in final 4 seasons with New York, including helping the Yankees to titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 World Series, batting .471 (8×17) with 3 runs scored, 2 home runs and 6 RBI as Yankees defeated the San Diego Padres. He hit 2 home runs in Game 3 of the World Series, including one off of Padres closer Trevor Hoffman to give the Yankees a 3-0 Series lead.
- Hit .260 (75×289) with 48 runs scored, 21 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 1 triple, 13 home runs and 37 RBI in 82 games with Seattle in his career.
- Twice named USA Baseball Coach of the Year, coached the USA 18-under national team to gold medals in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/U18 Championships and the 2012 IBAF World Championships.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (wah-KEEN behn-WAH) from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor league infielder Nelson Ward.
“Joaquin is a proven late game presence who brings both stability and impact to the back end of our bullpen,” Dipoto said. “We value his experience, track record of durability and consistently high end performance.”
Benoit, 38, was 6-5 with 2 saves and a 2.34 ERA (17 ER, 65.1 IP) in 67 relief appearances for the San Diego Padres in 2015. He posted a WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) of 0.90 last season, following a 0.77 WHIP in 2014. Opposing hitters batted just .159 (36×226), and were held to a .242 on-base percentage while slugging just .305. Right-handers were just .144/.250/.221 (15-for-104), the lowest batting average against of any NL pitcher to have faced 100+ right-handed batters.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound right-hander is a veteran of 14 Major League seasons with Texas (2001-08), Tampa Bay (2010), Detroit (2011-13) and San Diego (2014-15). He has a combined record of 54-42 with 50 saves and a 3.84 ERA (414 ER, 970.1 IP). For his career, Benoit has limited opposing hitters to a .223 batting average against, including a .214 mark by left-handed hitters (.233 vs. RHH).
De Los Santos, 19, began his pro career by splitting last season between Rookie Peoria and Short-A Everett, going 6-0 with a 3.47 ERA (24 ER, 62.1 IP) in 13 starts. He combined to limit opponents to a .262 (61×233), while walking 18 and striking out 71. He went 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA (7 ER, 24.2 IP) in 5 starts with the AZL Mariners before being promoted to Everett on July 21 where he went 3-0 with a 4.06 ERA (17 ER, 37.2 IP) in 8 starts with the AquaSox. He averaged 10.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, including striking out a season-high 8 strikeouts in 4.1 innings on July 24 vs. Spokane.
Ward, 23, split the season between A Clinton and High-A Bakersfield, batting .278 (126×454) with 81 runs scored, 19 doubles, 13 triples, 9 home runs, 55 RBI, 4 HBP, 59 walks and 13 stolen bases in 122 games. He led all Mariners farmhands, while finishing T4th among all minor league players, with 13 triples. He appeared in 46 games with Clinton, batting .270 (44×163) with 27 runs scored, 7 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI, 26 walks and 5 stolen bases before being promoted to Bakersfield where he hit .282 (82×291) with 54 runs scored, 12 doubles, 6 triples, 7 home runs, 39 RBI, 4 HBP, 33 walks and 8 stolen bases in 76 games.