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Several Mariners Listed On World Baseball Classic Provisional Rosters

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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 www.WorldBaseballClassic.com 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.

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.

International Men of Mound

Erasmo Ramirez (Nicaragua), Jason Vargas (United States), Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), Felix Hernandez (Venezuela), Hector Noesi (Dominican Republic).

Over the next five games (starting tonight), the Mariners will send to the mound five different starting pitchers, all from different countries. Erasmo Ramirez (Nicaragua) will start things off and will be followed by Jason Vargas (United States) in the Sunday finale against the Boston Red Sox. The three pitchers who will face off against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Monday will be Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), Felix Hernandez (Venezuela) and Hector Noesi (Dominican Republic).

That 5-day rotation leads us to ask, how many countries have been represented by Mariners pitchers? When you add in the left-hander from the bullpen Oliver Perez (Mexico), and of course the American-born players, the list grows to seven on the active roster.

Since the Mariners began playing in 1977, pitchers from 12 different coutries have toed the rubber for the team including the United States (271 pitchers), Australia (2), Canada (7), Columbia (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (16), Japan (5), Mexico (5), Nicaragua (2), Puerto Rico (7), South Korea (1) and Venezuela (8).

Here’s a complete list of foreign-born Mariners pitchers:

Foreign-Born Mariners Pitchers.

 

Mariners Sign Oliver Perez to Minor League Contract

With the Mariners signing of LHP Oliver Perez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the club has added another experienced arm to compete in Peoria for a spot on the Mariners roster. Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik said he expects Perez to compete for a spot in the bullpen during spring training.

Although he is just 30 years old, Perez already has nine big league seasons under his belt after making his Major League debut at the age of 20 with the San Diego Padres in 2002.

Oliver Perez signed a minor league contract with the Mariners and will participate in Major League Spring Training (Getty Images)

Perez most recently had a successful stint in the Mexican Winter League where he struck out 19 in 14.1 relief innings with a 0.63 ERA. He spent the entire 2011 season with AA Harrisburg in the Nationals organization after logging Major League service time in each of his previous nine seasons (2002-2010).

Oliver Perez has averaged 9.12 K/9.0 IP during his Major League career (Getty Images).

Oliver has logged 1,111.2 innings in his Major League career and has struck out 1,126 batters (9.12 K/9), making him just one of eight pitchers in Major League history who have struck out more than a batter per inning (with a minimum of at least 1,000 innings pitched).

Not a bad list:

Rk Player SO/9 IP SO From To Teams
1 Randy Johnson 10.61 4135.1 4875 1988 2009 MON-SEA-ARI-NYY-SFG
2 Kerry Wood 10.34 1371.1 1576 1998 2011 CHC-CLE
3 Pedro Martinez 10.04 2827.1 3154 1992 2009 LAD-MON-BOS-NYM-PHI
4 Tim Lincecum 9.87 1028.0 1127 2007 2011 SFG
5 Nolan Ryan 9.55 5386.0 5714 1966 1993 NYM-CAL-HOU-TEX
6 Trevor Hoffman 9.36 1089.1 1133 1993 2010 SDP-MIL
7 Sandy Koufax 9.28 2324.1 2396 1955 1966 BRO-LAD
8 Oliver Perez 9.12 1111.2 1126 2002 2010 SDP-PIT-NYM

A big thank you to the invaluable Play Index tool at Baseball-Reference.com.

-FA

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