Mariners players and staff have been packing their bags and making their way to the Peoria Sports Complex to begin preparing for the 2016 season. When they arrive, they’ll be greeted by some slick new graphics lining the halls.
The Mariners building was remodeled during a big offseason project prior to the 2014 season. The new state-of-the-art facility offered more room for all aspects of baseball life, from training to rehab to clubhouse locker space.
One thing it was missing was a little bit of decor. When new manager Scott Servais heard about the plans to dress up the building a bit, he had an idea: let’s celebrate Mariners scouting and player development.
As players navigate from the clubhouse to Peoria Stadium, they’ll now pass several graphics featuring players that were drafted, signed, developed and ultimately made their big league debuts in a Mariners uniform. Photos of former stars like Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez appear alongside current stars like Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez.
In fact, let’s take a quick stroll from the player parking lot to the clubhouse.
The centerpiece of the new decor is “The Road to Seattle”, a 25-foot wide graphic featuring the names of every player to come through the Mariners system and reach the big leagues with the club.
While the new graphics look great, they also deliver a message to the hundreds of minor leaguers that will walk the hallways for years to come: with hard work, their name (maybe even a photo, too) could someday be on this wall.
In fact, you may notice how empty the lower half of the wall looks. Designed to hold 376 names, there are currently 174 players listed, leaving room for 202. We look forward to adding to the wall for many years to come.
Here’s a full list of the names on the wall today:
Ed Vande Berg
Ken Griffey Jr.
Jose Cruz Jr.
Cha Seung Baek