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A group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got a rare treat on Tuesday – the chance to play on the grass at Safeco Field with Robinson Canó.
The kids from Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Reviving Baseball in Innercities (RBI) program were invited to take part in the annual PLAY campaign designed to help kids establish healthy exercise and eating habits early in life.
PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities.
Canó was joined by teammates Charlie Furbush, Mark Lowe, James Paxton and Chris Taylor as well as members of the Mariners training staff to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as making good decisions about things such as performance enhancing drugs.
Mark Lowe, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in his early 20s, told the kids that he didn’t let his medical condition prevent him from achieving his dream of becoming a Major League pitcher. Lowe, who has been managing his condition for the past 10-years, told the kids that they too can overcome obstacles if they stay positive.
The kids also got some good advice about steroids and performance enhancing drugs from Brian Parker of the Taylor Hooten Foundation. Hooton was a high school baseball player in Texas who took steroids to get bigger and stronger. Parker explained to the kids that although steroids can be therapeutic if you are sick, they can also have harmful effects on young, healthy bodies. He said steroids make all your muscles grow bigger, including the heart, which is dangerous. In addition, he said, performance enhancing drugs are illegal and they’re cheating.
After the presentations, the players were joined on field by three members of the Mariners training staff, Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Thoth, who led the kids through a series of exercises – stretches and warmups, sprints and agility drills.
The Mariners made a roster move this afternoon adding infielder Chris Taylor to the 25-man roster. Utility infielder/outfielder Willie Bloomquist has been designated for assignment to open the roster spot.
Taylor, 24, will wear #1 and will be active for tonight’s series opener vs. the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum (7:07 pm).
This will be Taylor’s second stint with the Mariners this season, batting .159 (10×63) in 20 games from May 4-June 1. In 48 games with AAA Tacoma he hit .289 (56×194) with 9 doubles, 4 triples, 2 home runs, 16 RBI and was 13-for-17 stealing bases. In 47 games in the infield (SS – 36, 2B – 11) he made 6 errors in 200 total chances. In 27 games since returning to the Rainiers Taylor has hit .272 (31×114) with 4 doubles, 3 triples and recorded 7 stolen bases (.352 on-base pct).
Bloomquist, 37, has appeared in 35 games for the Mariners this season at 6 different positions: SS-7 G/5 GS, 1B-3 G/3 GS, LF-5 G/3 GS, 3B-5 G/2 GS, 2B-8 G/2 GS, RF- 2 G/1 GS. He is batting .159 (11×69) with 1 doubles and 4 RBI. This is Bloomquist’s 14th Major League season and second stint with the Mariners. The Port Orchard native has played in 622 games with Seattle (21st-most in club history) since making his Major League debut in 2002.
The Mariners active roster is the following:
Well, sort of. Today, GM Jack Zduriencik officially announced the 15 organizational players that will participate in Major League Spring Training. This is in addition to the four minor league free agents who already received invitations (Matt Palmer, Cole Gillespie, Ramon Ramirez, Humberto Quintero) and the entire 40-man roster (see detailed roster).
The list of the 15 organizational players includes 2013 Mariners Minor League Player of the Year Chris Taylor and Relief Pitcher of the Year Carson Smith. Here is the full list:
Career and 2013 highlights on each player can be found in the following document:
And here is the complete roster, which includes 59 players (40-man roster + 19 invitees):