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Spring Training Update (early edition)

Monday, February 11, 2013 / 49 Days ‘til Opening Night (April 1 at Oakland) / 56 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 8 vs. Houston)

Setting the Scene:
We wanted to get a jump-start on the spring blog updates, well, because we are down here and we had a chance to snap a few photos (and set up our offices for the next 7 weeks). Tomorrow the Pitchers and Catchers are scheduled to report to camp for physicals, and the first day on the field will be bright and early Wednesday. There were still a lot of players milling around the clubhouse getting workouts in and setting up their lockers. Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager – who are all situated next to each other in the clubhouse — were among the position players going through workouts today. Several pitchers did some light tossing, with a few donning winter caps (see weather note below).

Weather:
It was a very Seattle-like gray day here in Peoria, even with a few sprinkles which is rare for the Valley of the Sun. A lot of the locals were complaining how “cold” it was, complete with a few winter jackets that looked like they had to be dusted off. Temperatures hovered in the mid to high 40’s, with overnight lows expected in the mid 30’s. Kind of crazy for Arizona, but it is forecasted to reach the mid 60’s by Tuesday and Wednesday, and then the 70’s by midweek.

New BP Caps:
As players arrive, they are all issued new workout gear and the freshly designed BP cap. Players gave the new look a thumbs up. You can see a few pictures of the new cap in the photo gallery below. The new BP caps will be available for purchase on MLB.com and at Spring Training sites starting next week, and at all major retailers beginning in March.

Tweet of the Day:

On Tap Tomorrow (Feb. 12):
Pitchers and catchers will report for physicals tomorrow, so it will be a long day for the medical staff. The exams are scheduled to begin at 10:30 am and finish well after 6 pm. The players will officially hit the field at 9:30 am (Arizona time) on Wednesday.

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Spring Training Tickets Now On Sale

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As of this morning at 8 a.m., tickets for the 2013 Cactus League schedule at Peoria Stadium are on sale.

Here is a picture of the line formed at the Peoria Stadium Ticket Office taken by Mariners front office staff member Craig Geffrey. Hard to believe, but the Mariners first Cactus League game is in 48 days when the Mariners take on the Padres on Friday, February 22.

A line forms in the Arizona sunshine as spring training tickets went on sale this morning.

A line forms in the Arizona sunshine as spring training tickets went on sale this morning.

Click on the below graphic for more information on 2013 Seattle Mariners Spring Training Tickets.

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2013 Spring Training Schedule

It is time to mark your calendars, as the 2013 spring training schedule was made official today. Pitchers and Catchers are set to report to Peoria, AZ on Feb. 12 for physicals and the first workout will be held Feb. 13. Position players are scheduled to report Feb. 15 and the first full-squad workout will be held Feb. 16. Due to the World Baseball Classic, some position players may report earlier than the assigned date.

The first Cactus League game, which will be the earliest in club history, will be held Feb. 22 vs. the San Diego Padres. The  2013 Cactus League schedule features 35 games beginning with a three-game weekend series with the San Diego Padres Feb. 22-24 at the club’s spring home, the Peoria (AZ) Sports Complex.

[Start time note: Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 10, but the state of Arizona does not change its clocks. As a result, through March 9, for the first 16 Mariners games, Arizona will be on Mountain Time, and the games will start at 1:05 MT/12:05 PT.  For the remaining games, Arizona will be in the Pacific Time zone.]

The Mariners will play their final game in Arizona March 28 vs. the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, and cap the spring schedule March 30 with a game vs. the Colorado Rockies in Salt Lake City, Utah (Spring Mobile Park). Seattle will hold a workout March 31 at Oakland Coliseum and open the 2013 regular season Monday, April 1 at Oakland against the Athletics. The 2013 home opener will be Monday, April 8 vs. the Houston Astros at Safeco Field (7:10 pm).

Mariners Add Spring Training Game in Tucson

The Mariners have added a spring training game, returning to the old Cactus League stomping grounds of Tucson to play the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, March 16 at 1:05 p.m. at Kino Stadium (formerly known as Tucson Electric Park). You can visit Mariners.com for the complete Spring Training schedule.

The Mariners will play the Brewers March 16 at Tucson's Kino Stadium.

The game will be a split-squad contest, as the Mariners also play the A’s that evening at 7:05 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Mariners used to make the trip South on I-10 to Tucson at least once each spring from 1977-2010 when the Cleveland Indians (until 1992 at Hi Corbett Field), Colorado Rockies (1993-2010 at Hi Corbett Field), Chicago White Sox (1998-2008 at Tucson Electric Park) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2010) all trained in The Old Pueblo.

– JE

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 2

Day 2 / Monday, February 13, 2012 / 43 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo / 59 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle

Weather: Sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid-60 during workouts this morning. Temperatures are continuing to warm up through the afternoon, but rain may be in the forecast for tomorrow.

Quote of the Day: Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki introducing himself to teammates, staff and media: “I am Munenori Kawasaki. Kawasaki…VROOM VROOM.” Kawasaki signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners in January and is excited to be in camp.

 

Munenori (left), Kawasaki (right) - VROOM! VROOM!

The Day: Pitchers and catchers were on field for the second day of camp. After day one and figuring out which field to be on and at what time, day two went smoothly with everyone getting where they needed to be on time.

Sixteen pitchers had bullpens today after 18 did yesterday, including RH Hisashi Iwakumi, RH Hector Noesi, RH Brandon League and RH Kevin Millwood. General Manager Jack Zduriencik and Manager Eric Wedge have been impressed early with the pitchers in camp.

Pitchers continued working on PFP (Pitchers Fielding Practice) drills, including fielding a bunt and covering first on a ball hit to the right side of the infield. Infielders Mike Carp, Kyle Seager and Nick Franklin stood in as first baseman for the pitchers on one of the fields. Catchers also worked on controlling the running game and throwing out runners at second base.

The catchers wrapped up the day split into two hitting groups. While working on hitting to all sides of the field, Jesus Sucre hit a screaming line drive up the middle and nearly took out coach Nasusel Cabrera gathering balls in shallow center field. Cabrera had to jump out of the way and used a ball bucket to deflect the ball. The rest of the coaching staff laughed and continued to give Cabrera a hard time until BP was over. Jesus Montero, Miguel Olivo and Adam Moore each hit multiple home runs into the parking lot.

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– KM

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 1

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!

Pitchers Stretch on Field 3

 Here’s a look at the Mariners Complex to give you an idea of where the players will be on any given day.

Peoria Sports Complex

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).

Pitching Coach Carl Willis directs traffic on the first day.

And, per his instructions, all the left-handers found their way to Field 4.

Mariners left-handed pitchers on 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.

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– FA, TH, KM

Greg Halman: Friend Remembered, Legacy Continued

The baseball world, and more specifically the Mariners family, was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of outfielder Greg Halman on November 21, 2011. For most of us, his passing is just now starting to set in as pitchers and catchers report along with some position players, this week.

Greg might not be in the Mariners clubhouse at the Peoria Sports Complex, but as Greg Johns wrote today on Mariners.com, his spirit and his memory are being carried on by his teammates.

Each player received a Greg Halman shirt courtesy of Mike Carp.

Mike Carp not only lost a friend and a teammate, he lost a brother. Carp arrived in camp and it was clear that he wanted to keep some part of Greg in everybody’s thoughts.

As MLB.com’s Greg Johns wrote here right before the Christmas holiday:

Carp wants people to know who Greg Halman was and what he could have been. He says the 24-year-old had something special about him, a presence and light that lifted everyone around him. And after finally making it to the Majors for 35 games this past season, he was just scratching the surface of what he could be on the diamond.

Carp traveled to Holland along with Dan Cortes, Adam Moore, Alex Liddi and Matt Mangini to support the Halman family through a difficult time. When he arrived, he saw the impact that Greg had on his community.

“His legacy will live on, especially in Holland,” Carp said. “And the people he touched here, he made them better. There will be a lot of people who, I’m not going to say are angry, but will be on a mission now. It’s going to change a lot of people’s lives for the better.

“That was the effect he had. He wanted to make people better. It was never about him, it was about everybody else and what they needed.”

Mike Carp provided these shirts in memory of Greg Halman to all the Mariners players, coaches and staff in Arizona.

Carp also made a personal and permanent addition to himself. Over the offseason, he made the commitment and added some ink, much like the ink that Greg sported on his arms, a sleeve of artwork.

As he told Greg Johns:

“I have him right here,” the 25-year-old said, tapping the new tattoo on his left bicep. “He actually had this on his own arm. So when I went to Holland, his mom gave me a picture of it and I took it to my guy and had it put on in the same spot and everything.

“He’ll be with me for the rest of my life.”

The artwork was inspired by Halman who had many of the same elements that Carp has incorporated into his own canvas.

The “My World” tattoo is an exact replica of the one that Greg had, clearly seeing the stitching of the baseball, and if you look closely enough, you’ll see marks to depict where Greg is in the Netherlands, and where Carp will be in Seattle.

While not completely visible in the slideshow below, Carp has a “G” on one side of the world and an “H” on the other with “No Grind No Shine” (Greg’s favorite saying) also being part of the art that surround the world.

He also included various angels to watch over and take care of Greg.

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Greg Halman may be gone but his presence and his light will live on in the Mariners family.

Halman Remembrance

 – FA

Fun With Numbers

With Pitchers and Catchers reporting to Peoria today, 2012 Spring Training is officially underway.

To get you ready for baseball season, we wanted to share the official rosters with you in a number of formats. This is always a fun time of the year, especially for those fortunate enough to make their way to Peoria, seeing the players working hard on the back fields.

Often times we hear, “who is wearing #75″ or “is that player really wearing #88?” Those players would of course be left-handed pitchers Danny Hultzen and Steve Garrison. Here are the latest updates to the Mariners roster to help you figure out what numbers the players will be wearing this spring:

– JE

Greetings from Peoria, Arizona

It feels like the 2011 season just ended, but here we are having landed in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived at the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex today for the start of another great year of baseball. When the Mariners have their first official workout of the spring on Sunday, we’ll be the only Cactus League team, or Major League team for that matter, to be open for camp.

Seattle Mariners Administrative Offices in Peoria Arizona

A few players have already arrived including RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Alex Liddi and C Adam Moore and many more will be trickling in before their scheduled physicals on Saturday.

Carlos Guillen, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp have their lockers ready for camp.

The fields are not completely empty. The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, have been working out at the complex and will continue to work out here until February 19 in preparation for their regular season.

The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, will be practicing at the Peoria Sports Complex ahead of their regular season.

It should be an interesting first few days being the only team in the Cactus League. With RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and INF Munenori Kawasaki joining Ichiro on the Mariners and with RHP Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers just down the road, we expect to have a higher-than-normal influx of Japanese media.

Here’s a quick run-down of what the schedule looks like for the Mariners in the next few days.

Important Spring Training Dates

Fri.

Feb 10

Major League Camp Coaches Meeting

Sat.

Feb 11

Major League Staff Meeting / Pitchers/Catchers Physicals

Sun.

Feb 12

First Workout – Pitchers/Catchers

Wed.

Feb 15

Minor League Mini Camp players report (more on this next week)

Thurs.

Feb 16

Mini Camp Physicals

Fri.

Feb 17

Physicals Position Players / First Mini Camp Workout

Sat.

Feb 18

First Full Squad Workout

– FA

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