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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 11

Tuesday, March 2, 2015 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

Look Ma, We’re (Soon To Be) On TV:
As you already know, the Mariners begin Cactus League action with the annual Charity Game against the Padres. Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS to catch the action from Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will televise 16 games this spring including Wednesday and Thursday at 12:05 pm Seattle time.  Here’s a full broadcast schedule for the spring.

Speaking of TV & Radio:
Rick Rizzs
, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Radio Engineer Kevin Cremin and Television Director Mark Engelbrekt arrived in camp and are ready to get started. As you’ll see below, Aaron Goldsmith had not made it to camp yet because he was in the process of dealing with an interesting situation.

Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers are ready to get started.

Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers are ready to get started.

On The Radio:
Shortstop Chris Taylor jumped on the phone with KJR’s Mitch In The Morning Show and discussed his position battle with Brad Miller. He also talks about the positive outlook of the 2015 season and the addition of Nelson Cruz to the lineup. Check out the full interview here.

Shortstop Chris Taylor chats with KJR 950.

Shortstop Chris Taylor chats with KJR 950.

The Rain Arrives, Baseball Activities Continue:
The weather altered plans for the Mariners this morning. With the precipitation continuing to (pun definitely intended) rain down on the fields, the players moved their activities to the cages, the covered bullpens and the gym. Hisashi Iwakuma played long-toss in the rain and then moved over to toss his live batting practice (hitters not swinging). According to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, Kuma accidentally hit prospect Gabby Guerrero between the shoulder blades with an errant pitch. Others joining him in throwing live BP included J.A. Happ and Danny Farquhar. Others throwing bullpens were Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen, Sam Gaviglio, Rafael Perez and Mayckol Guaipe.

Rain forced the Mariners to take cover.

Rain forced the Mariners to take cover.

The Instrasquad Game That Never Was:
The Mariners were supposed to play an intrasquad game today but the rains washed that away. If you’re interested, here are the lineups for the game that never was.

Lineups for the instrasquad game that was rained out.

Lineups for the instrasquad game that was rained out.

Dove Tail Bats:
The stream of bat companies in camp has continued and today it was Dove Tail Bats who arrived. Players got a chance to check out their products and see if they’d like to use their bats during the season.

Dove Tail Bats showed off their products to Major and minor leaguers.

Dove Tail Bats showed off their products to Major and minor leaguers.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 10

Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

Ah, He’s A Funny Guy:
Japanese comedian Zakiyama Yamazaki, one of the most popular funny men in Japan, stopped by camp today to chat with a few players and staff. He met pitching coach Rick Waits in the morning during stretch, chatted it up with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano & Nelson Cruz after workouts and then interviewed Hisashi Iwakuma to complete his day.

Comedian Yamazaki Zakiyama was in Mariners camp today.

Comedian Yamazaki Zakiyama was in Mariners camp today.

The Workout:
Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session, Dominic Leone threw to live hitters, hitters took live and normal batting practice and pitchers worked on PFP. It was a short but productive day for the entire roster.

Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz wait their turn to face live pitching today.

Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz wait their turn to face live pitching today.

Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen today.

Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen today.

Robinson Cano prepares to take the field.

Robinson Cano prepares to take the field.


ESPN The Magazine Photo Shoot:

Felix Hernandez took part in an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot after workouts today. Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look at the shoot itself.


Media Guest:
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes was in Mariners camp today to check in with some of the Mariners Latin stars. Be on the lookout for his work in the next few days to see his report on the Mariners.

Enrique Rojas chats with Robinson Cano.

Enrique Rojas chats with Robinson Cano.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 6

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 / 40 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

First Full Squad Workout:
The Mariners full squad took the field for workouts today and it gave fans a little bit of everything; hitting, pitching, fielding and the opportunity to meet some of their favorite stars.

The Mariners stretch on the field as the first day of workouts begins.

The Mariners stretch on the field as the first day of workouts begins.

Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez share a laugh before heading to the outfield.

Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez share a laugh before heading to the outfield.

Pitchers wait to take the field for PFP.

Pitchers wait to take the field for PFP.

First Workout Video:
They say pictures are worth a thousand words, we’ll stop typing so you can enjoy the following videos of today’s workout.

 

Boomstick Meets With Media:
After the workout, Nelson Cruz met with members of the media in the interview room to discuss his arrival at Spring Training and adjusting to his new surroundings.

Nelson Cruz chats with the media in Arizona.

Nelson Cruz chats with the media in Arizona.

MLB Players Association Meeting:
After today’s workout, the Major League Players Association met with the Mariners to talk about any questions they might have had.

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield spent some time with the Mariners.

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield spent some time with the Mariners.

MLBPA Executive Director Meets With Seattle Media:
After the Players Association meeting with the players, Tony Clark, the MLBPA Executive Director, met with members of the Seattle media. He spoke about pace of game, the collective bargaining agreement and the process that goes into that.

Tony Clark met with members of the Seattle media.

Tony Clark met with members of the Seattle media.

Cactus League Lunch:
The annual Cactus League Luncheon and Press Conference took place today at the newly renovated Peoria Sports Complex, which is home to the Seattle Mariners. Hall of Fame players, elected officials and MLB and spring training staff were present for the induction of Cactus League Hall of Famers.

Mariners President Kevin Mather spoke at the Cactus League Lunch.

Mariners President Kevin Mather spoke at the Cactus League Lunch.

New Balance In Camp:
New Balance was in camp today to drop off some of their products for the players that wear their brand and also spent time with the players showing them some of the products that are still in development.

Charlie Furbush is a New Balance guy.

Charlie Furbush is a New Balance guy.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 5

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 / 41 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

Move Along…Nothing to See Here, Folks:
Danny Farquhar looks good on the field striking opposing batters out…but he also wants you to know that he’s stylish in the dugout.

Danny Farquhar relaxes before getting on the field this morning.

Danny Farquhar relaxes before getting on the field this morning.

More PFP:
Until the position players take the field, more PFP down on the lower fields. Felix Hernandez, Roenis Elias, Mayckol Guaipe and others worked on fielding comebackers over on Field #4. They all looked pretty smooth with The King leading the way. The act of fielding grounders seems so simple, but it is still enjoyable to be out on the field watching the pros do it.

Kuma Throws A Bullpen:
Hisashi Iwakuma was among the pitchers who had a bullpen session this morning. He’s scheduled for another bullpen on Friday before facing hitters on Monday.

Hisashi Iwakuma throwing a bullpen in the shadows.

Hisashi Iwakuma throwing a bullpen in the shadows.

Robinson Cano Arrives:
Robinson Cano arrived in camp around noon today and took his physical, along with the rest of the position players. Following his physical, he met with the local media. You can read what he said on Mariners.com, SeattleTimes.com and TheNewsTribune.com and you can watch tonight on KING 5.

Robinson Cano meets with the media at the Mariners complex.

Robinson Cano meets with the media at the Mariners complex.

Cuba Represents:
Just before Roenis Elias did an interview in English with Chris Egan‘s KING 5, he chatted with Misael Siverio for a few minutes. As you might remember from back in November, Siverio signed with the club after leaving Cuba a few years ago. Siverio is currently taking part in minor league mini-camp before their Spring Training begins.

Roenis Elias (left) and Misael Siverio chatted for a few minutes this afternoon.

Roenis Elias (left) and Misael Siverio chatted for a few minutes this afternoon.

DINGER Bats In Camp:
Over the course of the spring, various vendors (including bats and gloves) show up at the Mariners complex. Today, it was DINGER Bats, which is based in Ridgway, Illinois. They set up just outside the clubhouse and were available to whoever wanted to check out their products. Minor leaguer Jabari Blash was one of the players who checked out the inventory.

Outfielder Jabari Blash chatted with the Dinger Bats representative.

Outfielder Jabari Blash chatted with the Dinger Bats representative.

Fernando Meets The Media:
Fernando Rodney also tossed his first bullpen of the spring and then spent a few minutes talking with the media about why he’s in good spirits.

Fernando Rodney chats with the beat guys after his bullpen session.

Fernando Rodney chats with the beat guys after his bullpen session.

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Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 4

Monday, February 23, 2015 / 42 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

More Bullpens:
Taijuan Walker was amongst the pitchers who tossed their second bullpens of the Spring. The group that went today is the same group that had a bullpen session on Saturday, the first day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

Taijuan Walker consults with catcher John Baker and pitching coach Rick Waits after his bullpen session.

Taijuan Walker consults with catcher John Baker and pitching coach Rick Waits after his bullpen session.

The Evaluators:
When pitchers are pitching, you can be sure that evaluators will be evaluating. Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn and Special Assistant to the GM Roger Hansen were on hand to check out pitchers fielding practice (as usual), and Dan Wilson checked in on the catchers during bullpen sessions.

Roger Hansen (left) and Chris Gwynn (right) check out PFP.

Roger Hansen (left) and Chris Gwynn (right) check out PFP.

Mariners roving catching instructor Dan Wilson chats with Head Trainer Rick Griffin.

Mariners roving catching instructor Dan Wilson chats with Head Trainer Rick Griffin.

First Day of Mini Camp:
The Mariners have conducted a winter program for their minor league players for years, but this is the sixth year for a structured mini-camp that features 41 of the organizations top prospects that are not already in Major League camp. The players went through physicals first thing this morning and were already out of the field at 2 pm in the afternoon. Mini Camp is designed to refine the skills of young players under the close eyes of that organization coaching staff. Like instructional league in fall, Mini Camp allows guys to carry over what they learned directly into the minor league season.

Mini Camp began today and will continue until March 8.

Mini Camp began today and will continue until March 8.

Among players taking part in the mini-camp included pitchers Edwin Diaz, Luiz Gohara, Daniel Missaki, Tyler Pike and Ryan Yarbrough and position players Joe DeCarlo, Gabby Guerrero, Austin Jackson, Gareth Morgan, Jack Reinheimer, Tyler Smith and Austin Wilson. Mini Camp will run through March 8.

Once Mini Camp concludes the rest of the organizational players will report for Minor League Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers report on March 9 and will have their first workout on March 11, while the position players will report March 14 with the full squad working out on March 16. Minor League Spring Training games run from March 21 through April 4 and will break camp and head to one of the Mariners four full season affiliations on April 7 and begin regular season games on April 9.

Willie Bloomquist on GMA…No, Not That GMA:
Arizona resident Willie Bloomquist was on Good Morning Arizona to talk about getting ready for Spring Training in the updated complex. In the video, you’ll also get some updates from Peoria’s Chris Calcaterra on the upgraded Peoria Stadium and from Mariners Safeco Field Team Store Manager Mary Beeman about the new and improved team store in Arizona.

Willie Bloomquist came in early to film a segment with Good Morning Arizona.

Willie Bloomquist came in early to film a segment with Good Morning Arizona.

MLB Network Checks In With Mariners:
Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Manager Lloyd McClendon both checked in with MLB Network this morning. Zudriencik was on the Hot Stove show with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgergian, while McClendon chatted with Sam Ryan.

MLB Network's Sam Ryan checks in with Lloyd McClendon.

MLB Network’s Sam Ryan checks in with Lloyd McClendon.

Since We’re On The Subject of Visitors:
FoxSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi dropped in to camp and checked in with Lloyd McClendon, Felix Hernandez and James Paxton among others. Be on the lookout for his work when it gets posted.

Jon Paul Morosi checks in with Manager Lloyd McClendon.

Jon Paul Morosi checks in with Manager Lloyd McClendon.

KING 5 Has Arrived:
KING 5’s Chris Egan has arrived in Mariners camp so be sure to tune in to catch the latest highlights from camp. Egan will be in town for a while, checking in for one-on-ones with players and staff including McClendon and Taijuan Walker.

Chris Egan and Alan Reed are hard at work to bring you the news from Mariners camp.

Chris Egan and Alan Reed are hard at work to bring you the news from Mariners camp.

Chris Egan checks in with Manager Lloyd McClendon.

Chris Egan checks in with Manager Lloyd McClendon.

Waiting for Bullpens to Begin:
The position players have almost arrived, but the pitchers are still hard at work working on fielding drills and tossing bullpens. With so many pitchers in camp during Spring Training, the catchers are pulling double-duty. Here’s a brief moment of rest captured by Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen. He sure to follow her on twitter for great shots of Mariners camp.

Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen sets up for a shot of catchers John Baker, Jesus Sucre, Mike Zunino and John Hicks.

Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen sets up for a shot of catchers John Baker, Jesus Sucre, Mike Zunino and John Hicks.

Spring Training Media Availability:
Each year, the general managers and field managers of all 15 Arizona-based Clubs in Spring Training are  invited to participate in two separate hour-long periods of media availability. This year, they took place at the Arizona Biltmore and Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. was also available.  The sessions serve as a preview of the 2015 season as Spring Training gets underway.

Manager Lloyd McClendon and GM Jack Zduriencik were available to the media at the Arizona Biltmore.

Manager Lloyd McClendon and GM Jack Zduriencik were available to the media at the Arizona Biltmore.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 3

Sunday, February 22, 2015 / 43 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)

The Workout:
Pitchers and catchers once again took the field for workouts, with all of them going through drills and shifting from field to field to work on different areas of their game. New and not-so-new Mariners are getting to know each other a little better, including left-handers Joe Saunders and J.A. Happ. Both lefties had their first bullpen sessions this morning.

Left-handers Joe Saunders and J.A. Happ are getting to know each other.

Left-handers Joe Saunders and J.A. Happ are getting to know each other.

Speaking of Bullpens:
Another group of pitchers had their first bullpen sessions today including Saunders, Happ, Hisashi Iwakuma, Rafael Perez, Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush. The most intriguing bullpen session was left-hander Danny Hultzen who is healthy after battling an injury last season.  “The whole process went smoother than I thought, having talked to people who’d had arm surgeries and gone through a lot of ups and downs,” said Hultzen to MLB.com’s Greg Johns. “Luckily I never really went through that, knock on wood. I felt good the entire time and didn’t have any major setbacks or anything like that.”

 

Japan Watches The Bear:
Hisashi Iwakuma tossed his full bullpen and afterwards, was available to the media. As you’ll see below, the Japanese media contingent also wanted to get Manager Lloyd McClendon‘s thoughts on the right-hander.

Manager Lloyd McClendon shares his thoughts on Hisashi Iwakuma's bullpen session.

Manager Lloyd McClendon shares his thoughts on Hisashi Iwakuma’s bullpen session.

So You Think You Can Dance…As Good as Fernando?:
As you know, players come to Spring Training to get ready for the season. While players like Fernando Rodney are serious about getting their work in, he also knows how to have fun. At several points during the workout, he paused for a dance break.

Green Screen Fun:
As you may have noticed, the Mariners Vision production crew is in town talking to each player and filming some videos for the board. Check out the video to see how they set up the green screen room.

Mariners Commercials Being Filmed This Week:

Mariners VP of Marketing Kevin Martinez and the rest of his crew arrived in Arizona today. As you can see from the photo below, Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Greene is excited.

Mariners Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Greene is excited.

Mariners Sr. Director of Marketing Gregg Greene is excited.

University of Washington Huskies vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys:
The Huskies were in town and played  against Oklahoma State in the final game at Peoria Stadium before the Mariners Cactus League schedule begins. Unfortunately, the Huskies dropped a 12-2 decision.  Oklahoma State alum and current Mariners video coordinator Jimmy Hartley was at the game and shared this photo on Instagram.

OSU vs UW #gopokes #okstate

A photo posted by Jimmy Hartley (@jimmyhartley) on

Spring Training Tickets on Sale Saturday

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Tickets for the Seattle Mariners 2015 Spring Training games at the Peoria Sports Complex go on sale Saturday at 8am PST.

Tickets will be available by phone (800-677-1227 and 888-SEA-HITS) and online (Mariners.com). The Ticket Office at the Peoria Sports Complex opens on January 10.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on February 20. The first game of the 2015 Spring campaign is the annual charity game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, March 4. Proceeds from the game benefit several Peoria area non-profits.

The Mariners Spring Training Schedule includes 32 total games and 16 “home” games at the Peoria Sports Complex. The Mariners will host both World Series participants in Peoria. The American League Champion Kansas City Royals visit on Thursday, March 26, followed two days later (March 28) by the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Mariners close out the 2015 training camp with a pair of games against the Colorado Rockies: Friday, April 3, at Peoria (7:05pm) and Saturday, April 4, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. (12:10pm). The Mariners then travel to Seattle to prepare for the regular season Opening Day at Safeco Field on Monday, April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels.

Construction Update On Peoria Sports Complex

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.

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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:

Mariners Game Central – February 26

Lineup (02.26.13)

Spring #5: Seattle Mariners (3-1) at Milwaukee Brewers (1-3) | 1:05 pm MT/12:05 pm PT
Pitching Match-Up: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo
Radio: Radio coverage on tape delay at 7 p.m. PT on 710 ESPN Seattle…live and free at Mariners.com
TV: No TV (first TV spring game is March 4 vs. Colorado)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live pitch-by-pitch box score

Spring Training Info | Roster | 2013 Media Guide (PDF) | Mariners Game Notes | 2013 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

And here is a look at the Game Day Roster for players that are scheduled to be available to come off the bench.

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