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Thank You For a Great FanFest Weekend!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Batting practice with one of the best hitters in baseball!

Two days of bright blue skies, excited and engaging players and awesome attractions…and the BEST fans in baseball…made for a record-breaking FanFest weekend at Safeco Field.

Over 21,000 fans came out to Safeco Field for the two-day event to take part in the exciting event, getting autographs and photos taken with several Mariners players, riding zip lines and running around the bases.

Thank you for a great weekend, and we can’t wait for Opening Day on March 31 at the Los Angeles Angels, and the home opener April 8 vs. the Angels!

Here are some photos from FanFest weekend! Go Mariners!

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Michael Saunders Plays Reporter

Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders may have a career after his current career, as a broadcaster. This morning he interviewed Mariners radio announcer Rick Rizzs about the upcoming 2013 season. As you can see, Michael has quite the personality and is a joy to be around (and to watch on the field)!

Several Mariners Listed On World Baseball Classic Provisional Rosters


World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the provisional rosters submitted before the January 16th deadline by the 16 participating Baseball Federations in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed.

Included were 9 players who currently play in the Seattle Mariners organization, including four Major Leaguers and five minor leaguers:

Venezuela – Felix Hernandez
Canada – Michael Saunders
Italy – Alex Liddi, Brian Sweeney
Mexico – Oliver Perez
Netherlands – Kalian Sams
Brazil – Luiz Gohara, Pedro Okuda, Thyago Vieira

Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20th.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be held in early March, with Pool A (Fukuoka, Japan) and Pool B (Taichung, Taiwan) beginning March 2. For a full schedule, and to follow all the WBC action, visit or follow on twitter via @WBCBaseball.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and will be playing in his first World Baseball Classic in 2013.

Saunders & Kawasaki Relive Olympic Memories

With the 2012 London Olympics underway, we can’t help but notice that baseball is missing from the games for the first time since debuting as an exhibition sport in the 1984 Los Angeles games. Baseball was cut from the Olympic program following the 2008 Beijing games when South Korea won the gold medal, Cuba won silver and the United States won bronze.

Current Mariners players Michael Saunders (Canada) and Munenori Kawasaki (Japan) were both participants in the 2008 Olympics, while Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan) played in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

For Saunders, the experience in 2008 was one that he’ll never forget. As a 21-year-old he had the chance to walk in the Opening Ceremonies, take in the Olympic spectacle and feel the pride of representing his country.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be able to represent my country in baseball on a number of different levels from the Little League World Series to the Junior National Team, but playing in the Olympics for my country was the highlight,” said Saunders. “There is such pride in competing at that level and wearing your country’s flag on your hat. It is a tough experience to describe with words.”

Saunders had a pretty good tournament, batting .286 (8×28) with 2 home runs and 4 RBI while Team Canada finished tied for 5th with a 2-5 record.

“We played pretty well, but lost some close games against some really great players,” added Saunders. “In the end it was not the wins and losses, but the whole experience that I’ll remember forever. It was an honor to compete on the same stage as the greatest athletes in the world. I have a chest full of souvenirs and memorabilia from Beijing that I brought back with me.”

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

And Michael got the chance to meet some of those premier athletes when he was in Bejing.

“I got my picture taken with tennis star Rafael Nadal because Spain was housed pretty close to us, and saw a lot of the top USA athletes like LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Michael Phelps and Jennie Finch.”

And he even got the chance to take in another sporting event when not competing on the baseball diamond.

“Each athlete was allowed to pick one sporting event they wanted to attend, and you could list your top three choices,” recalled Saunders. “I put down the 100-meter final in track and field all three times, because I really wanted to see it.”

Not only did Michael get great seats near the finish line, but he saw history as Jamaica’s Usain Bolt set a world record in the event at 9.69 seconds.

“It was an amazing event to see in person. There was so much build-up before Bolt ran, and it was so quick, and it was worth every second to see it in person.”

Saunders was on hand to watch Usain Bolt break the World Record in the 100m in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Getty Images)

While baseball will not be played at the London Games, the 2013 World Baseball Classic is just around the corner. Saunders did not get the chance to represent Canada in 2009, but is hopeful to put on the Team Canada uniform again.

“First and foremost my loyalty is to the Seattle Mariners and doing everything I can to help this organization win more baseball games,” said Saunders. “But, if all parties agreed, I would love the opportunity to play in the World Baseball Classic and once again represent my country.”

Kawasaki also played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Japan going 4-3 and losing in the bronze medal game to Team USA.

For Kawasaki, the experience in the Olympics was memorable, but was also different since the games were right in the middle of the his season in Japan.

“It was an honor to play for my country in the Olympics, much like playing in the World Baseball Classic,” said Kawasaki.

He did not get the chance to walk in the Opening Ceremonies, but did get a feel for the Olympic experience and got to see many famous athletes like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Munenori Kawasaki played for Japan in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Getty Images)

- JE

Video Rewind – Felix and the Walk-Off

Last night was one of those memorable night’s at the ballpark that fans will remember for a long time. Whether it was the dominating performance by Felix Hernandez, in which he tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts, or the great catches by Casper Wells and Michael Saunders in the outfield, and of course the walk-off single by John Jaso to deliver a 1-0 victory over Boston.

Here are some video highlight’s of last night’s 1-0 victory over the Red Sox:

Felix Strikes Out 13 Red Sox:

Jaso’s Walk-Off Pinch-Hit Single:

Felix Hernandez pumps his fists after striking out a career-high-tying 13 batters in a 1-0 shuout win over the Red Sox. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Felix’s Career Double-Digits Strikeout Games:

Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
2012-06-28 SEA BOS W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 1 13 0 128 84 89
2011-05-22 SEA SDP W 6-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 6 1 1 0 13 0 114 75 79
2010-08-10 SEA OAK W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 1 13 0 110 75 84
2012-04-19 SEA CLE L 1-2 GS-8 8.0 5 0 0 1 12 0 126 75 83
2011-08-07 SEA LAA L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 4 2 2 0 12 1 98 70 78
2007-04-02 SEA OAK W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 2 12 0 111 77 86
2011-06-02 SEA TBR W 8-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 1 1 2 11 0 97 64 72
2010-08-20 SEA NYY W 6-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 4 0 0 3 11 0 117 74 82
2010-06-30 SEA NYY W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 11 0 115 76 91
2009-09-24 SEA TOR W 5-4 GS-8 ,W 8.0 7 4 3 2 11 1 108 77 63
2005-08-15 SEA KCR W 11-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 1 1 1 11 0 99 67 82
2012-06-23 SEA SDP W 5-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 1 1 1 10 0 94 64 70
2011-08-24 SEA CLE W 9-2 GS-6 ,W 6.0 7 2 2 2 10 0 106 72 58
2011-07-05 SEA OAK W 4-2 GS-8 8.0 4 1 1 0 10 1 122 81 80
2011-06-24 SEA FLA W 5-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 1 1 2 10 0 115 76 82
2011-05-01 SEA BOS L 2-3 GS-7 7.0 6 2 2 1 10 0 111 72 66
2009-08-12 SEA CHW W 1-0 GS-7 7.0 6 0 0 4 10 0 105 67 71
2009-05-24 SEA SFG W 5-4 GS-8 ,W 8.0 7 4 1 1 10 1 112 83 67
2008-04-27 SEA OAK L 2-4 GS-7 ,L 7.0 6 4 4 4 10 0 115 75 55

Tweet of the Night:

- JE

Mariners Magazine – Saunders Reinvented

There is just 6 games remaining in June, starting with tonight’s homestand opening game vs. the Oakland Athletics. That means you have 6 more days to get your June copy of Mariners Magazine (Volume 23, Issue 3) featuring this article on outfielder Michael Saunders and his reinvented swing (article written by Kieran O’Dwyer). You can pick up Mariners Magazine 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.

Mariners All-Access – Tricks of the Trade

The newest episode of Mariners All-Access debuts today on ROOT Sports NW at noon, and re-airs tonight at 6 p.m. following the Mariners-Padres Interleague finale.  If you are not able to watch today, you can catch the show at 6 pm on June 29 or June 30.

This week’s episode is dedicated to the Tricks of the Trade feature.

  • Switch hitters are rare and the Mariners have the rarest… one with power.  Justin Smoak puts on a hitting clinic from both sides of the plate, from the most basic things like stance and swing, to contact points with the ball.
  • Left-handed reliever Charlie Furbush earns a cameo, but his impact is big, just like his slider—he’ll teach you how he throws it. (Great at parties to strike out your friends).
  • Catcher Jesus Montero recently switched things up, not his delivery or swing, but his equipment.  Here is a hint, it is unknown how well Montero would fair out on the ice against Pavel Datsyuk, but he looks the part with his new mask.
  • And finally, if the ball gets by an infielder, the guy is going to be standing on first, if it gets by the outfield chances are someone is touching home—that’s why they say, the infield will hurt you, the outfield will kill you.  Outfielder Michael Saunders makes sure this won’t happen.  He takes us out to the grass for a lesson on catching Major League fly balls.

Michael Saunders will be featured on today’s episode of Mariners All-Access showing the Tricks of the Trade behind catching fly balls. (Getty Images)

Check back to the blog for more previews of Mariners All-Access.

- JE

Saunders Autograph Session at Lynnwood Fred Meyer

Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will be at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer store on Monday, May 7 from noon to 1pm to meet with fans and sign autographs.

The Fred Meyer is located at 4615 196th SW in Lynnwood.

Michael Saunders will sign autographs Monday at the Lynnwood Fred Meyer. (Getty Images)

- RH

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 4

Day 4 / Wednesday, February 15, 2012 / 41 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 57 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: The weather was a little chilly again today but warmed up by the end of the workout. A high of 65-degrees is expected later today and it is supposed to be 70-degrees tomorrow.

Quote of the Day:  “Guante. Guante! That’s my word for the day. Guante! Guante!” – Brendan Ryan, on his way off the practice field cradling his new glove in his arms. Guante is the Spanish word for glove.

The Day: While it might feel like groundhog day here during the early part of Spring Training, you can always find, see or hear something new and today was no exception. There was a lot of energy on Field 3 as the pitchers and some infielders (not all first baseman) worked on covering first base on a ball hit to the first baseman.

Munenori Kawasaki PFP

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki was very vocal on the field, shouting out commands in both English and Japanese to pitchers covering first base. He could also be seen patting a pitcher on the back for a job well done and generally providing energy for the team, much like Brendan Ryan does.

Kawasaki played on Team Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic tournament, and while there were several stars on that team that included Ichiro, Hisashi Iwakuma and Yu Darvish, people say that Kawasaki was the “heart and soul” of the team.

Out on Field 6, some outfielders including Carlos Peguero, Michael Saunders and Trayvon Robinson worked on tracking down fly balls while other position players prepared to hit in the cage.

Inside the clubhouse, there were plenty of laughs around Felix Hernandez‘s locker. Turns out the Mariners TV commercial scripts arrived today and Brendan Ryan was sitting at Felix’s locker, reading the script aloud as various players including Felix, Dustin Ackley and Brandon League couldn’t stop laughing.

The Mariners marketing crew will arrive in Peoria tomorrow and will begin preparations for all their commercial and in-game entertainment shoots.

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- FA

Mariners on the Airwaves – January 26

Thursday was a busy media day for the Mariners, with the annual Pre-Spring Training Media Day at Safeco Field. The event features a number of guests, including several members of the Baseball Operations Department, Manager Eric Wedge, General Manager Jack Zduriencik, outfielders Michael Saunders and Mike Carp and catcher Jesus Montero. Here is a listing of Podcasts from various radio interviews from Thursday:

And here are a few links from interviews conducted on media row at the Seattle Sports Star of the Year event Wednesday:


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