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Seattle Mariners/ San Diego Padres, Peoria Sports Complex
Built in 1994, Peoria Sports Complex was the first MLB spring training facility built for two teams. Located in Peoria, Arizona, it is one of the larger spring training facilities with a capacity of 12,000.
One notable interesting tidbit about the complex: It was designed as a perfect circle with the field being in the middle, and everything revolving around the field. So no matter what activities you may want to partake in, they all take place surround the field so you always know where you are.
Fans often bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the grass seating in the outfield. It is also a great spot for children as they can join the “Kids Club” and receive 10 free game tickets, batting cage opportunities and direct access to select players.
Other Spring Training sites making the cut were the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox Camelback Ranch and San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Stadium in Arizona, as well as the Atlanta Braves Champion Stadium, Tampa Bay Rays Charlotte Sports Park, Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium, New York Yankees Steinbrenner Field and the Philadelphia Phillies Bright House Field, all in Florida.
By the way, Mariners pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on February 19, position players will arrive on the 24, with the first full squad workout scheduled for February 25. Games start on March 2. Tickets are available at Mariners.com/Tickets.
With the first spring training game a little over 3 months away (Feb. 27, 2014 vs. San Diego), we are starting to really see progress on the construction to the renovated clubhouse and offices on the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex. Immediately following spring training last April, the facility in Peoria, AZ was torn down to the studs and a state-of-the-art facility is being raised in the same area, with a much larger footprint.
The new facility (pictured below) will be much bigger and upgraded in just about every player development area you can imagine. In the below picture you can see an update of the construction process.
Day 1 / Sunday, February 12, 2012 / 44 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 60 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle
Weather: 54 degrees at first pitch, mid-60s as the day wore on. Clear skies as far as you can see.
Quote of the Day: Pitching Coach Carl Willis, to the 35 pitchers in camp, when dividing them into Pitching Fielding Practice (PFP) groups: “On Field 4. I’m not going to name you. It’s real simple: If you throw left-handed, you are on Field 4. If you don’t know if you throw left-handed, come see me.”
The Day: It is official, the Seattle Mariners opened camp today with the first workout for pitchers and catchers. As you all previously read on this blog, all players, coaches and staff took their physicals yesterday and now the fun begins.
Players routinely arrive at 7 am (unless you’re Miguel Olivo and arrive at o-dark-thirty) and begin preparing for their day, some getting in a workout before the official schedule begins while others prepare for the day.
The media is also here in full force with the local Seattle writers (English & Japanese) being joined by a large group of extra Japanese media, Sports Illustrated, Reuters and the Associated Press. In all, nearly 50 media covered the first day.
The local media members all made their initial rounds in the clubhouse and to say hello and talked to players to pick up a story or two while in there.
Once 8:45 am came around, the clubhouse was cleared of all media for a 9 am team meeting.
At 9:30 am, the moment that we have all been waiting for since the 2011 season ended…players on the field!
The players spent 15 minutes stretching under the usual clear Arizona skies on Field 3.
After stretch, the pitchers huddled around pitching coach Carl Willis who laid out the plan for the day. (As well as delivering the line of the day, as you saw above).
And, per his instructions, all the left-handers found their way to Field 4.
By 10 am, all of the pitchers were in their PFP groups (Pitchers Fielding Practice) while the catchers worked on their fundamentals in the bullpen area between Field 5 & 6.
After the pitchers and catchers got their work in on the field, the catchers took batting practice from 11:15-11:45 am. After BP (batting practice), the catchers completed their day by working on their conditioning with the Mariners Major League Performance Specialist’s Allen “Rocket” Wirtala and James Clifford.
– FA, TH, KM