Monday, February 29, 2016 / 35 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
TEAM CANO VS. TEAM CRUZ – THE CONCLUSION:
The situational hitting battle continued today as Team Cruz tried to dig itself out of a hole, but Team Canó was just too much, building a commanding lead heading into the final round. The final score? 185-178. For the second day in a row, Team Cruz, hit a home run that lost them some points. If you hit an opposite field home run, it’s worth eight points…but if you pull a home run, you lose four points. Today it was Leonys Martin who homered to right-center field, which brought cheers from Team Canó. Lots of fun here in camp and games are just around the corner.
I GOT IT! I GOT IT!
Communication is key when playing the field, and today, the Mariners infielder and outfielders practiced on being vocal when calling off other players to catch a fly ball. As you can see, there’s no mistaking who is calling for the ball.
LIVE BP & BULLPEN SESSIONS:
Busy day again for pitchers. RH Taijuan Walker, RH Steve Cishek, RH Justin De Fratus, RH Blake Parker and LH Paul Fry each threw live BP, while RH Joaquin Benoit, RH Joe Wieland, RH Nathan Karns, LH Wade Miley, RH Ryan Cook and RH Jonathan Aro each had another bullpen session today.
What’s it like to be the umpire while Ketel Marte is swinging in the batters box? Take a look.
GUTI AND FRIENDS:
Franklin Gutierrez might seem like the strong, silent type…but he’s always happy to have a photo snapped of he and his friends. Guti made sure he wasn’t the only one in the photo, so he called over Nelson Cruz and Robinson Canó to join him. Franklin has been accompanied this spring by Papá Guti, who spends his time watching the workouts and taking pictures of his son like any proud Papá would.
CACTUS LEAGUE REPORT:
The Cactus League Report kicks off tonight from Arizona. The show will tape live in Arizona from 6-8 pm at the Salty Senorita in Peoria, but will air in Seattle from 7-9 pm. Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host tonight’s show.
Here is a list of guests for the first Cactus League Report of the spring:
Jerry Dipoto, Charlie Furbush, Casey Candaele, Adrian Sampson and Seattle Times Columnist Matt Calkins.
The Old Hickory Bat Company, which was established in 1999, has become one of the top baseball bat manufacturers in the world. After starting in a one car garage, Old Hickory Bat Company has steadily grown from a handful of local players, to over 6500 square feet of manufacturing and showroom space and hundreds of players at the highest level of competition throughout the world. The company is located in Nashville, TN and all Old Hickory bats are not cut until an order is received.
HAPPY LEAP DAY:
Did you know there have been only 12 Major League players born on February 29? Terrence Long was the last Major League player born on Leap Year in 1976.
CANO ON ESPN:
Robinson Canó, along with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the Colorado Rockies and catcher Salvador Perez from the Kansas City Royals, recently sat down with Pedro Gomez for a SportsCenter feature.
GETTING TO KNOW NATHAN KARNS:
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Left-hander Jamie Moyer, a member of the Mariners’ Hall of Fame, is expected to arrive in camp tomorrow as the first in a series of alumni instructors. Moyer, who will be in camp until March 7, will be in uniform and serve as a coach for workouts. Former infielder Julio Cruz (March 4-11) and outfielder Jay Buhner (March 22-26) are also scheduled to be in camp. Ken Griffey Jr. will also make an appearance at some point in March.
710 ESPN SEATTLE IN CAMP:
Brock & Salk with 710 ESPN Seattle will be broadcasting live all week from Peoria Sports Complex. They kicked off today’s show with Kyle Seager. You can listen to podcasts of the Kyle Seager interview via 710Sports.com.
THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS:
We have another hard working member of our team in camp this week, as team photographer Ben Van Houten arrived to Peoria today and already started snapping pictures for several publications (and this blog). Ben does a great job capturing the action of Mariners baseball, as well as several off-the-field portraits. Here are some of Ben photos from today’s workout: