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Robinson Canó, the Mayor of Seattle and a group of kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club had a friendly game of Wiffle® Ball in downtown Seattle. It was part of the Major League Baseball-U.S. Conference of Mayors PLAY BALL initiative.

Mayor Ed Murray issued an official proclamation declaring August “PLAY BALL Month” in Seattle in recognition of “the importance and influence of the sport of baseball in the City of Seattle.”

Robinson Canó took a turn pitching to the kids, and Mariners team President and COO Kevin Mather stepped up to the rubber when Canó moved behind the plate to give the kids some tips on hitting.

With the “outfield wall” only 60-feet away from home plate there were a few homeruns, including a couple by Canó. The Moose van took a couple of direct hits, but no windows were broken.

PLAY BALL is an MLB campaign to engage youth and families in baseball. The initiative encourages widespread participation in all forms of baseball activities among all age groups, especially youth.

PLAY Campaign

Mariners Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin, pitcher Mark Lowe and Second baseman Robinson Cano meet with kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club during the PLAY event.

Mariners Head Athletic Trainer Rick Griffin, pitcher Mark Lowe and Second baseman Robinson Cano meet with kids from the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club during the PLAY event.

A group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club got a rare treat on Tuesday – the chance to play on the grass at Safeco Field with Robinson Canó.

The kids from Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Seattle Reviving Baseball in Innercities (RBI) program were invited to take part in the annual PLAY campaign designed to help kids establish healthy exercise and eating habits early in life.

PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a national public awareness campaign sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities.

Canó was joined by teammates Charlie Furbush, Mark Lowe, James Paxton and Chris Taylor as well as members of the Mariners training staff to deliver a message about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, as well as making good decisions about things such as performance enhancing drugs.

Mark Lowe, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in his early 20s, told the kids that he didn’t let his medical condition prevent him from achieving his dream of becoming a Major League pitcher. Lowe, who has been managing his condition for the past 10-years, told the kids that they too can overcome obstacles if they stay positive.

The kids also got some good advice about steroids and performance enhancing drugs from Brian Parker of the Taylor Hooten Foundation. Hooton was a high school baseball player in Texas who took steroids to get bigger and stronger. Parker explained to the kids that although steroids can be therapeutic if you are sick, they can also have harmful effects on young, healthy bodies. He said steroids make all your muscles grow bigger, including the heart, which is dangerous. In addition, he said, performance enhancing drugs are illegal and they’re cheating.

After the presentations, the players were joined on field by three members of the Mariners training staff, Rick Griffin, Rob Nodine and Matt Thoth, who led the kids through a series of exercises – stretches and warmups, sprints and agility drills.

Felix & Canó to Serve As Seafair Parade Grand Marshals


The annual Seafair Torchlight Parade will be held Saturday night (July 25) starting at 7:30 pm and run down 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. And the Mariners will be well-represented with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano serving as the grand marshals for the parade following the 1:10 pm game vs. the Blue Jays.

The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Northwest and a highly anticipated event for thousands of people lining the parade route year-after-year. Precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, comical clowns and swashbuckling pirates all come together for one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate true family and community entertainment.

The parade is the largest in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Fans can expect to see an array of entertainment – including floats, marching bands, drill and dance teams, gigantic character balloons, Seafair Pirates and Clowns, local celebrities, personalities and more!

KIRO 7 TV in Seattle will have live coverage of the parade, so be sure to tune in to check out King Felix and Cano in the parade.


Making Wishes Come True

Randy Martin and his family chatting with Felix Hernandez.

Randy Martin and his family chatting with Felix Hernandez.

An eastern Washington teen fulfilled his wish this week when he got to meet his hero Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.

Make-A-Wish brought Randy Martin, who is from Medical Lake, to the ballpark to meet with Felix before The Mariners took on the Kansas City Royals. Martin, who is 17-years old, has Battens disease, an inherited condition that causes neurological impairment including blindness, seizures and loss of motor skills.

During his visit, Felix introduced Martin to teammates Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist, who all spent some time hanging out with Martin and his parents Dawn and Tom in the Mariners dugout.


Felix and Canó Grace Cover of Sports Illustrated


Felix Hernandez and Robinson Canó grace the cover of one of the four regional covers of the MLB Preview Issue of Sports Illustrated.  Here is an article about the four regional covers.

The issue should hit the newstands this week. Subscribers and newsstands in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska will receive the Mariners cover. Not in the area to buy the regional issue? Buy single issues here.

Be sure to pick one up!

CANOCHE: A Night With Robinson Cano & Friends To Benefit RC22 Foundation

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Robinson Cano is gearing up his RC22 Foundation presence in Seattle with a Latin-themed fundraiser on June 3, at the Paramount Theater.

Canoche, as the event is called, will feature a live orchestral performance, dinner, dancing, and an auction to benefit the foundation.

The mission of RC22 is to “positively impact the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally.”

Since it was created in 2010, Cano’s foundation has focused on youth development and community health care in his native Dominican Republic. The latest project is the RC22 Dream School, a high quality early childhood educational institution and community center in Cano’s hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.

The RC22 Foundation organizes a toy drive for local youths around the holidays.

The RC22 Foundation organizes a toy drive for local youths around the holidays.

Proceeds from Canoche will also benefit charitable organizations in the Seattle area that align with the foundation’s mission of serving youth and communities in need in the areas of education, health and wellness and fitness.

Cano sees this event as a chance to introduce Seattle, his “second home base” to RC22.

“I want to share the work of my Foundation, which develops and expands high quality opportunities for kids in need specifically in the areas of education, wellness and fitness.I also look forward to reaching more disadvantaged youth and communities not only in the Dominican Republic but also here in this beautiful city of Seattle,” said Cano.

Robinson Cano visits the Montessori School in the Dominican Republic.

Robinson Cano visits the Montessori School in the Dominican Republic.

Individual tickets for the event won’t be offered until later, but event sponsorship and table packages are available. If you are interested, contact Roc Nation Philanthropy at or call 212-497-2066.

To learn more about the RC22 Foundation visit:  For additional information be sure to follow Robinson Cano on social media: @RobinsonCano.

MLB, MLBPA Announce Education Initiative with USAID in the Dominican Republic

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today a partnership with the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to focus on education in the Dominican Republic.

The program will concentrate primarily on education in the Dominican Republic, in addition to initiatives supporting children with disabilities and combating domestic violence.

“Improving education has consistently been one of the primary goals of Major League Baseball’s efforts in the Dominican Republic,” said Ng.  “It is essential for the future of our game to provide these young players with the opportunity to develop in vital areas away from the diamond.  We are encouraged that the launch of this program with USAID and the Players Association will continue to strengthen Baseball’s educational initiatives in the Dominican Republic and build upon the progress we have made thus far.”

“The people of the Dominican Republic hold a special place in the hearts of all Major League baseball players,” stated MLBP Executive Director Tony Clark.  “With so many of our members calling the Dominican Republic home, it is an honor to join with Major League Baseball and USAID to provide funding that will help improve the lives of children and their families throughout the country.”

“Playing professional baseball requires dedication, sacrifice and lots and lots of practice,” said Ambassador Brewster. “This partnership with MLB and the MLBPA allows the people of the United States to share these values with young people throughout the Dominican Republic.”

“The partnership with Dominican baseball superstars will help USAID reach thousands of at-risk youth and encourage them to graduate high school, granting them more job opportunities,” said Feierstein.  “We also want to support the Dominican Government’s efforts to enable all children, irrelevant of need, to attend school, and help parents to provide a healthy home environment.”

Mariners players Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz are very involved through community service to improve education in their native country.


Robinson Cano Begins Winter Ball

As you may know, Robinson Cano began a short stint playing winter ball for the Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Republic last night.

The basics? He went 1-for-4 with RBI grounder and a two-run double.

Cano playing winter ball is a big deal down there since he hasn’t played there since 2009. Fans were very appreciative that they got to see one of their own superstars play in front of them.

Here’s the recap of Robinson Cano helping the Estrellas extend their winning streak to four games (Spanish): Canó, auspicioso debut en triunfo Estrellas

Here are a few pictures and video from last night.

Robinson Cano Goes 2-for-3 in Japan Series Preview

Robinson Cano collected two hits and scored a run in the MLB All-Stars 8-7 win over a collection of players from the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers last night.

You can read about the game in’s Joey Nowak’s recap: MLB Takes Nail-Biter in Japan Series Preview

The game was televised live on MLB Network and will be re-aired at 6 pm Seattle time tonight.

Here’s a few video’s of Robinson Cano’s performance last night:


Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan

You should go along for the ride with Robinson Cano’s Instagram account. From there you’ll see what he’s seeing and experiencing. Be sure to follow him, but in the meantime,’s Cut4 has put together some of his best pictures here: Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan.

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Japan All-Star Series which will all be carried on MLB Network:

• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Thursday: Travel day
• Friday: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 p.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Monday: Travel day
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel day
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)

MLB All-Stars Arrive for Japan All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball’s All-Stars have arrived for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 and the players are already taking part in ceremonies before the games begin.

The Mariners are being represented by second baseman Robinson Cano, starter Hisashi Iwakuma and interpreter Antony Suzuki during the All-Star Series. The games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome).  Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4:00 a.m. (ET).  MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the At Bat app.  The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton.  Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.’s Anthony DiComo checked in with the team and posted his feature: Major Leaguers rest up after landing in Osaka.

If you’re looking for a players perspective of this trip (in pictures), be sure to follow Robinson Cano on instagram (RobinsonCano).

Here are a few of his updates since arriving.

A photo posted by Robinson Cano (@robinsoncano) on

A photo posted by Robinson Cano (@robinsoncano) on

Here are some photos from the welcome party as well as the team photo at Koshien Stadium.


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