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2014 Hall of Fame Ballot – #EdgarHOF

Edgar Martinez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fifth time.

Edgar Martinez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the fifth time.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the names for the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot today. More than 600  members will vote on the prestigious honor to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

We are of course biased, but this is also the time of year where we want to share the many honors and accolades of our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2013-2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.

Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers (including Edgar) from the 2013 ballot. Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. . The Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8. You can watch the announcement live at noon PT on an MLB Network simulcast on MLB.com.

Here is some fun material to browse through to support what we think was a Hall of Fame career for Edgar:

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Mariners Hire Trent Jewett as Bench Coach

There was a little bit of baseball news today as new manager Lloyd McClendon began putting his coaching staff together by hiring Trent Jewett. Trent has spent the last three seasons on the Washington Nationals coaching staff. He was the Nationals third base coach in 2013 and prior to that spent one-and-a-half seasons as the first base coach.

Jewett and McClendon have history together, as the two were on the Pittsburgh Pirates coaching staff from 2001-2002 when Lloyd was the Pirates manager. In addition to serving as a Major League coach with the Pirates and Nationals, Trent managed 17 seasons in the minor leagues. He compiled a 1,178-1,165 record for a .503 winning percentage, spending 12 of his 17 seasons at the Triple-A level, and in 2007 was selected by Baseball America as the International League’s “Best Manager Prospect.”

A few baseball writers chimed in on the hiring of Jewett.

And Mariners.com beat writer Greg Johns caught up with Trent shortly after the announcement.

Here is the official news release that went out to the media this afternoon:

Mariners Spring Training Intro Video

Something new for 2013 at Peoria Stadium is an intro video that runs right before the Mariners take the field. The video shows highlights from Mariners history, including a lot of current players, and pays tribute to the 20th Anniversary of playing Cactus League games at Peoria Stadium. You can watch the video below:

Spring Training Update (early edition)

Monday, February 11, 2013 / 49 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 56 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Setting the Scene:
We wanted to get a jump-start on the spring blog updates, well, because we are down here and we had a chance to snap a few photos (and set up our offices for the next 7 weeks). Tomorrow the Pitchers and Catchers are scheduled to report to camp for physicals, and the first day on the field will be bright and early Wednesday. There were still a lot of players milling around the clubhouse getting workouts in and setting up their lockers. Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager – who are all situated next to each other in the clubhouse — were among the position players going through workouts today. Several pitchers did some light tossing, with a few donning winter caps (see weather note below).

Weather:
It was a very Seattle-like gray day here in Peoria, even with a few sprinkles which is rare for the Valley of the Sun. A lot of the locals were complaining how “cold” it was, complete with a few winter jackets that looked like they had to be dusted off. Temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s, with overnight lows expected in the mid 30’s. Kind of crazy for Arizona, but it is forecasted to reach the mid 60’s by Tuesday and Wednesday, and then the 70’s by midweek.

New BP Caps:
As players arrive, they are all issued new workout gear and the freshly designed BP cap. Players gave the new look a thumbs up. You can see a few pictures of the new cap in the photo gallery below. The new BP caps will be available for purchase on MLB.com and at Spring Training sites starting next week, and at all major retailers beginning in March.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 12):
Pitchers and catchers will report for physicals tomorrow, so it will be a long day for the medical staff. The exams are scheduled to begin at 10:30 am and finish well after 6 pm. The players will officially hit the field at 9:30 am (Arizona time) on Wednesday.

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Mariners Add Spring Training Game in Tucson

The Mariners have added a spring training game, returning to the old Cactus League stomping grounds of Tucson to play the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. at Kino Stadium (formerly known as Tucson Electric Park). You can visit Mariners.com for the complete Spring Training schedule.

The Mariners will play the Brewers March 16 at Tucson's Kino Stadium.

The game will be a split-squad contest, as the Mariners also play the A’s that evening at 7:05 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Mariners used to make the trip South on I-10 to Tucson at least once each spring from 1977-2010 when the Cleveland Indians (until 1992 at Hi Corbett Field), Colorado Rockies (1993-2010 at Hi Corbett Field), Chicago White Sox (1998-2008 at Tucson Electric Park) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2010) all trained in The Old Pueblo.

- JE

Greetings from Peoria, Arizona

It feels like the 2011 season just ended, but here we are having landed in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived at the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex today for the start of another great year of baseball. When the Mariners have their first official workout of the spring on Sunday, we’ll be the only Cactus League team, or Major League team for that matter, to be open for camp.

Seattle Mariners Administrative Offices in Peoria Arizona

A few players have already arrived including RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Alex Liddi and C Adam Moore and many more will be trickling in before their scheduled physicals on Saturday.

Carlos Guillen, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp have their lockers ready for camp.

The fields are not completely empty. The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, have been working out at the complex and will continue to work out here until February 19 in preparation for their regular season.

The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, will be practicing at the Peoria Sports Complex ahead of their regular season.

It should be an interesting first few days being the only team in the Cactus League. With RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and INF Munenori Kawasaki joining Ichiro on the Mariners and with RHP Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers just down the road, we expect to have a higher-than-normal influx of Japanese media.

Here’s a quick run-down of what the schedule looks like for the Mariners in the next few days.

Important Spring Training Dates

Fri.

Feb 10

Major League Camp Coaches Meeting

Sat.

Feb 11

Major League Staff Meeting / Pitchers/Catchers Physicals

Sun.

Feb 12

First Workout – Pitchers/Catchers

Wed.

Feb 15

Minor League Mini Camp players report (more on this next week)

Thurs.

Feb 16

Mini Camp Physicals

Fri.

Feb 17

Physicals Position Players / First Mini Camp Workout

Sat.

Feb 18

First Full Squad Workout

- FA

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