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2013 GIBBY Awards – Mariners Nominees

GIBBY Awards

Have you voted yet? Yes, King County election day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5), but while you are thinking of voting be sure to fill out our online ballot for the 2013 Major League Baseball GIBBY Awards (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards).

MLB’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

You can vote by clicking on the follow link: 2013 GIBBY Awards

These Mariners are listed in the following categories:

Top Starting Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma

Breakout Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma

Must C Play – Dustin Ackley sliding catch in center field August 30 at Houston

Must C Moment –  Raul Ibañez put a cap on a strong 2013 season with Seattle when he tied Ted Williams’ record for the most home runs by a player age 40 or older September 21 at LAA. The veteran did so with his 29th long ball of the year — and the 300th of his career.

#DustinsGreatAdventure

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The Mariners have had some fun promotional items this season, including Beard Hat Night, T-shirt Tuesdays, and those ever-popular Kings Court shirts and K-cards. But one of our favorites this season has been the Dustin Ackley Gnomes, and the fans’ reaction to them.

The Gnomes were handed out on Saturday, July 13 to the first 20,000 fans who arrived at Safeco to see the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels. Featuring our favorite second baseman turned outfielder Dustin Ackley, fans posted pictures of their gnomes on different social media sites throughout the game.

Fans got creative when snapping photos, staging them in bags of popcorn, on beaches and in their gardens. After the game ended, the posts did not stop coming in as fans began using the hash tag, #DustinsGreatAdventure. These posts featured fans taking their gnomes away from the ballpark, to their homes and to different places in between. What resulted was a fun look into what fans were up to when they were not attending baseball games, and how they used social media to demonstrate their creativity and to interact with the club. It provided for some fun browsing through the hash tag!

Here are some of our favorites from the best fans in baseball:

What kind of promotions do the Mariners have in store for the rest of the season? Well some of the giveaways we are excited for are the Felix Hernandez Kids Cape being handed out on Sunday, Sept. 8 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Team Posters in honor of Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, Sept. 27 vs. the Oakland Athletics. We hope to see you there!

- Caitlin Doxsie, Mariners PR Intern

Mariners Magazine & 2013 Yearbook

The first edition of Mariners Magazine (Volume 24, Issue 1) featuring Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales is now available for purchase throughout Safeco Field and at any of the five Mariners Team Stores. You can also subscribe to Mariners Magazine and have it delivered to your home.

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The 2013 edition of the Mariners Yearbook featuring cover boys Kyle Seager, Felix Hernandez, Raul Ibañez and Dustin Ackley has also been published and is available at Safeco Field and Mariners Team Stores.

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2012 Awards Schedule

Felix Hernandez has a good chance at being a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award after posting a 13-9 record with a 3.06 ERA and leading the Majors with 5 shutouts. (Getty Images)

The off-season is off to a quick start for the Mariners with the club signing right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season (with an option for 2015) and re-signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year deal.

And to keep you excited about baseball, awards season is about to begin. You already know that Brendan Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award as the top defensive shortstop in baseball and was a finalist (along with 2B Dustin Ackley) for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, but more awards are about to be handed out.

Here’s the rundown of the MLB Awards schedule:

  • Tonight (Monday): Players Choice Awards at 5pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 8: Silver Slugger Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Monday, November 12: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Tuesday, November 13: Manager of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Wednesday, November 14: Cy Young Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 15: Most Valuable Player Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network

This year marks the first time that the BBWAA Awards (ROY, MGR, Cy Young, MVP) will be presented live on television (MLB Network). Prior to BBWAA Awards Week, for the first time ever, the five finalists in each league for the MVP Award and the three AL and NL finalists for the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards will be announced live during MLB Network’s BBWAA Awards Finalists Show this Wednesday, November 7 at 3pm PT. Tune in to see how King Felix fares in the American League Cy Young race.

Ryan and Ackley Named AL Gold Glove Award Finalists

The Mariners double play combination of Brendan Ryan (shortstop) and Dustin Ackley (second base) have been named finalists for the 2012 American League Rawlings Gold Award® at their respective positions.

Ryan and Ackley anchored the Mariners defense that tied for the American League lead with a .988 fielding percentage (72 E, 6012 TC), second-best in club history. The duo combined for a Major League-high 38 defensive runs saved, the most by any middle-infield combination in the Majors.

Ryan led all Major League shortstops with 27 defensive runs saved (2nd-highest by any position player). He posted a .985 fielding percentage (9 E, 601 TC) in 138 games at shortstop (134 starts).

Ackley tied for third byAL second baseman with 11 defensive runs saved. In 142 starts at second base he made only 7 errors for a .989 fielding percentage (7 E, 639 TC).

The Gold Glove award winners will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30) at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their League, and were not able to vote for players on their own team. The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists are as follows:

American League:
P Jeremy Hellickson Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
C Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
Russell Martin New York Yankees
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
2B Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano New York Yankees
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
Brandon Inge Oakland Athletics
Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
SS Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
Brendan Ryan Seattle Mariners
LF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Desmond Jennings Tampa Bay Rays
David Murphy Texas Rangers
CF Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
RF Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland Indians
Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
National League:
P Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds
Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
1B Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
2B Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers
David Wright New York Mets
SS Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Jose Reyes Miami Marlins
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
LF Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves
CF Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Drew Stubbs Cincinnati Reds
RF Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves


Mariners Visit Seattle’s Veterans Hospital

Before Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, a group of Mariners players, and the Moose, paid a visit to Seattle’s Veterans Administration Hospital to sign autographs, pose for photos and swap stories with patients. Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten was there and sent back these photos.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

The Mariners will play the White Sox today, and wear green hats in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Game time is 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and select markets on the Mariners Radio Network, as well as online at Mariners.com for subscribers.

Seattle will try to turn around their luck on St. Patrick’s Day, having lost 8 of its last 9 games when wearing the green lids.

The Mariners will wear green hats today for St. Patrick's Day.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 23

Day 23 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 39 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

Weather:
It was very overcast today, and a bit humid, but temperatures are starting to heat up. The game vs. the Padres started at 76° and a high reached 84° in the middle innings.

Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with a double and triple.

Quote of the Day:
“It should be good for 75 or 76 games.” Reliever George Sherrill talking about easing back into action after his first spring outing. 75 or 76 outings would rank in the top three in the Mariners single-season record books.

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners Improve to 3-1 in Cactus League Play:
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went 3-for-3 with a double and triple to lead the Mariners to a 13-7 Cactus League victory over the Padres. Ackley doubled in the first, singled in the 3rd and tripled in the 5th inning while batting leadoff for the first time this spring. Shortstop Brendan Ryan recorded a double and 2 RBI and catcher Adam Moore hit a solo home run to lead the 14-hit attack. Infielder Francisco Martinez (2×3, R, 2B, RBI) and designated hitter Carlos Peguero (2×5, R, RBI) joined Ackley with multi-hit games. Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) threw 35 pitches in the first inning, allowing 3 hits and one unearned run. Relievers Scott Patterson, George Sherrill and Tom Wilhelmsen each threw a scoreless inning.

B-Game:
The Mariners played a B game vs. the Reds this morning in Goodyear, losing 4-1. Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and Erasmo Ramirez each threw 2.0 scoreless innings. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in 1.2 innings. DH Luis Jimenez accounted for the Mariners only run with a solo home run.

Edgar Arrives:
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arrived in camp today and will be here for the next four days working with the Major League and Minor League players.

Edgar Martinez looking on as Michael Saunders is at the plate.

Probable Pitchers:
3/6 vs. CIN – RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Mat Latos
3/7 at LAA – RHP Blake Beavan vs. RHP Jered Weaver
3/8 at CHI – RHP Kevin Millwood vs. RHP Chris Volstad
3/8 at COL (B Game) – RHP Hector Noesi vs. RHP Rob Scahill (10 a.m. at Rockies)

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- JE

Cactus League Report & Mariners Mondays

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report makes its Salty Señorita debut tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Tony Blengino, Robby Thompson, Forrest Snow, Danny Hultzen, Shawn Kelley, Kyle Seager and Larry Stone from the Seattle Times. Fans can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via Mariners.com.

Mariners Mondays:
Tonight on Mariners Mondays at 8pm on ROOT SPORTS, the Mariners turn on the offense.

The program includes highlights of two games from last August, both featuring some timely hitting by Mike Carp.

First up, August 29, Mariners vs. Angels. The Mariners and Angels are tied in the 8th inning at 3-3. Dustin Ackley, who already had a couple of hits and RBI, lead off the inning with a double. Carp sent the first pitch he saw into the Hit It Here Cafe in right field for a two-run homer. Final score, Mariners over Angels 5-3.

Mike Carp hit a 2-run home run vs. the Angels into the Hit it Here Cafe in right field Aug. 29, 2011. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ichiro also had two doubles and extended his hitting streak to a season high 12-games.

Rookie Tom Wilhelmsen got the win with one inning of relief.

Highlights of the second game, August 31 (again against the Angels), again featured some late inning heroics by Carp.

The Angels held a 1-0 lead behind the outstanding pitching of Dan Haren. Felix Hernandez is also pitching well, but the offense is stalled. In the 8th inning (again), the Mariners rally with two outs when Franklin Gutierrez and Ackley hit back-to-back singles to end Haren’s night. Carp stepped up to the plate against reliever Scott Downs and drilled a two-run double to the base of the wall in left-center field.

Felix held the 2-1 lead, got the win and a complete game, his fifth of the season, and 18th of his career.

Next week on Mariners Mondays, Big Comebacks.

- RH/JE

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 10

Day 10 / Tuesday, February 21, 2012 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 51 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: If you could bottle this weather up, you would be set. Sorry to rub this in for any Northwest fans reading this while it is cold and rainy, but it was just about perfect today. Photo day started with the temps at a “brisk” 47°, and climbed to near 70° when the players finished the workout. And the weather ahead also looks pretty good, including highs expected in the 80’s this weekend.

Not a bad 6-day forecast for the next few days of spring training.

News of the Day:
Manager Eric Wedge announced following practice that Ichiro will bat third in the batting lineup this year. He also said he is going to give first shot at the leadoff position to Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley will start the season batting 2nd. For the seamheads out there, Ichiro has made 13 starts in his career where he has batted 3rd in the lineup, last June 23, 2004 at Texas. 1,730 of his 1,733 career starts (1,749 career games played) have had his name penciled into the leadoff spot on the Mariners lineup card since his MLB debut in 2001.

Eric Wedge announced following today's workout that Ichiro will bat No. 3 in the batting order this season.

Quotes of the Day:
“Sorry.” Pretty simple, and straight from the mouth of ace Felix Hernandez after striking out prospect Nick Franklin on a pretty nasty curveball. When asked what pitch he struck out on, Franklin just shook his head and said “a huge curveball. Never seen one like that before!”

“Come on Ichi, Come on Ichi, Come on Ichi!!!!!!” That was energetic infielder Munenori Kawasaki cheering on Ichiro when the outfielders were working on cutoffs and throwing to different bases. He got plenty of laughs out of teammates, media and fans watching practice.

Tweet of the Day:

Birthday Boys:
Outfielders Franklin Gutierrez (29th) and Chih-Hsien Chiang (25th) celebrated their birthdays today. Both even got a few “Happy Birthday’s” shouted their way as both players shuffled between practice fields.

The Day:
The Mariners ran through one of their longer workouts so far this spring, with the catchers finishing their conditioning around 1 p.m. local time. A total of 17 pitchers threw live BP, including Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker, Blake Beavan, James Paxton and Shawn Kelley. The team also went through a spirited round of infield-outfield, with several outfielders showing pinpoint accuracy throwing home.

RHP Taijuan Walker threw live batting practice to Dustin Ackley, Chone Figgins and Munenori Kawasaki.

Photo Day:
We had a previous blog entry on Photo Day, with plenty of photos from the morning photo shoots. All 67 players in Major League camp ran through a gauntlet of photo stations including Getty Images, AP, Kyodo News, Topps and US Presswire.

National Media:
Along with our everyday beat writers Greg Johns (MLB.com), Larry LaRue (Tacoma News Tribune), Geoff Baker (Seattle Times), Larry Stone (Seattle Times), and local TV reporters Chris Egan (King 5) and Aaron Levine (Q13), some national media members made pit stops at Mariners camp today. ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure, CBSSportsline.com’s Scott Miller and ESPN’s Pedro Gomez were seen on the back fields doing stories on the Mariners.

Veteran scribes Larry LaRue (left) and Greg Johns (right) are also known to pick up a camera during spring training.

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- JE

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