Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the club has acquired outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez from the New York Yankees in exchange for outfielder Dustin Ackley.
- Ramon Flores, OF, acquired from New York (AL)
- Jose Ramirez, RHP, acquired from New York (AL)
- Dustin Ackley, OF, traded to New York (AL)
Flores, 23, has spent most of the season with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He is batting .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 73 games. The left-handed hitter is also batting .333 (24×72) with runners in scoring position and currently ranks 5th in the International League with a .377 on-base percentage. He made his Major League debut May 30 vs. the Athletics, and appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.219/7×32, 3 R, 2B).
In 7 minor league seasons the Venezuelan native is a .272 hitter (676×2483) with 129 doubles, 29 triples, 43 home runs and 260 RBI. He has played all three outfield positions during his career, but has played the bulk of his games in left field (396 G). Flories was listed as the Yankees No. 27 prospect heading into the season by Baseball America.
Ramirez, 25, is 3-0 with 10 saves and a 2.90 ERA (16 ER, 49.2 IP) in 32 relief appearances with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has recorded 56 strikeouts for 10.15 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, 3rd-best amongst International League relief pitchers. Ramirez also saw action in 3 Major League games with the Yankees this season (0-0, 15.00 ERA) and made 8 appearances in his debut season in 2014 (0-2, 5.40).
In 8 minor league seasons the Dominican Republic native has combined to go 32-32 with 12 saves and a 3.60 ERA (222 ER, 555.2 IP) in 146 appearances (96 starts). A starter most of his professional career, Ramirez made the move to the bullpen in 2014. He is listed by Baseball America as the Yankees No. 26 prospect.
Ackley, 27, is hitting .215 (40×186) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 19 RBI in 85 games this season. In 5 seasons with the Mariners (2011-2015) he combined to bat .243 (488×2012). Ackley was originally selected by the Mariners second overall in the 2009 June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina.
Today is Friday the 13th, one of three that will fall during the 2015 calendar year (also: March 13 & November 13). For the first time since 2009, the Mariners will not play a regular-season game on a Friday the 13th. Seattle will play a Cactus League game on Friday the 13th in March vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, a game that will be televised by ROOT Sports.
Since the Mariners won’t play a Friday the 13th game this season, this is the perfect chance to share a bit of meaningless trivia about the date. And it may be a good thing that the club doesn’t play on a Friday the 13th this season.
Seattle is 10-26 all-time on Friday the 13th, which includes going 1-1 in postseason play. The team has endured 5 consecutive losses on Friday the 13th and dropped 8 of the last 9 games.
Without knowing the Mariners 2016 schedule yet, the next likely Friday the 13th contest will be May 13, 2016.
And in case you were wondering…
Have you voted yet? Yes, King County election day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5), but while you are thinking of voting be sure to fill out our online ballot for the 2013 Major League Baseball GIBBY Awards (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards).
MLB’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
You can vote by clicking on the follow link: 2013 GIBBY Awards
These Mariners are listed in the following categories:
Top Starting Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma
Breakout Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma
Must C Play – Dustin Ackley sliding catch in center field August 30 at Houston
Must C Moment – Raul Ibañez put a cap on a strong 2013 season with Seattle when he tied Ted Williams’ record for the most home runs by a player age 40 or older September 21 at LAA. The veteran did so with his 29th long ball of the year — and the 300th of his career.
The Mariners have had some fun promotional items this season, including Beard Hat Night, T-shirt Tuesdays, and those ever-popular Kings Court shirts and K-cards. But one of our favorites this season has been the Dustin Ackley Gnomes, and the fans’ reaction to them.
The Gnomes were handed out on Saturday, July 13 to the first 20,000 fans who arrived at Safeco to see the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels. Featuring our favorite second baseman turned outfielder Dustin Ackley, fans posted pictures of their gnomes on different social media sites throughout the game.
Fans got creative when snapping photos, staging them in bags of popcorn, on beaches and in their gardens. After the game ended, the posts did not stop coming in as fans began using the hash tag, #DustinsGreatAdventure. These posts featured fans taking their gnomes away from the ballpark, to their homes and to different places in between. What resulted was a fun look into what fans were up to when they were not attending baseball games, and how they used social media to demonstrate their creativity and to interact with the club. It provided for some fun browsing through the hash tag!
Here are some of our favorites from the best fans in baseball:
What kind of promotions do the Mariners have in store for the rest of the season? Well some of the giveaways we are excited for are the Felix Hernandez Kids Cape being handed out on Sunday, Sept. 8 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Team Posters in honor of Fan Appreciation Night on Friday, Sept. 27 vs. the Oakland Athletics. We hope to see you there!
– Caitlin Doxsie, Mariners PR Intern
The first edition of Mariners Magazine (Volume 24, Issue 1) featuring Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales is now available for purchase throughout Safeco Field and at any of the five Mariners Team Stores. You can also subscribe to Mariners Magazine and have it delivered to your home.
The 2013 edition of the Mariners Yearbook featuring cover boys Kyle Seager, Felix Hernandez, Raul Ibañez and Dustin Ackley has also been published and is available at Safeco Field and Mariners Team Stores.
The off-season is off to a quick start for the Mariners with the club signing right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season (with an option for 2015) and re-signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year deal.
And to keep you excited about baseball, awards season is about to begin. You already know that Brendan Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award as the top defensive shortstop in baseball and was a finalist (along with 2B Dustin Ackley) for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, but more awards are about to be handed out.
Here’s the rundown of the MLB Awards schedule:
- Tonight (Monday): Players Choice Awards at 5pm PT on MLB Network
- Thursday, November 8: Silver Slugger Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Monday, November 12: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Tuesday, November 13: Manager of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Wednesday, November 14: Cy Young Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
- Thursday, November 15: Most Valuable Player Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
This year marks the first time that the BBWAA Awards (ROY, MGR, Cy Young, MVP) will be presented live on television (MLB Network). Prior to BBWAA Awards Week, for the first time ever, the five finalists in each league for the MVP Award and the three AL and NL finalists for the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards will be announced live during MLB Network’s BBWAA Awards Finalists Show this Wednesday, November 7 at 3pm PT. Tune in to see how King Felix fares in the American League Cy Young race.
The Mariners double play combination of Brendan Ryan (shortstop) and Dustin Ackley (second base) have been named finalists for the 2012 American League Rawlings Gold Award® at their respective positions.
Ryan and Ackley anchored the Mariners defense that tied for the American League lead with a .988 fielding percentage (72 E, 6012 TC), second-best in club history. The duo combined for a Major League-high 38 defensive runs saved, the most by any middle-infield combination in the Majors.
Ryan led all Major League shortstops with 27 defensive runs saved (2nd-highest by any position player). He posted a .985 fielding percentage (9 E, 601 TC) in 138 games at shortstop (134 starts).
Ackley tied for third byAL second baseman with 11 defensive runs saved. In 142 starts at second base he made only 7 errors for a .989 fielding percentage (7 E, 639 TC).
The Gold Glove award winners will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30) at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their League, and were not able to vote for players on their own team. The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists are as follows:
|P||Jeremy Hellickson||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jake Peavy||Chicago White Sox|
|C.J. Wilson||Los Angeles Angels|
|C||Alex Avila||Detroit Tigers|
|Russell Martin||New York Yankees|
|A.J. Pierzynski||Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez||Boston Red Sox|
|Eric Hosmer||Kansas City Royals|
|Mark Teixeira||New York Yankees|
|2B||Dustin Ackley||Seattle Mariners|
|Robinson Cano||New York Yankees|
|Dustin Pedroia||Boston Red Sox|
|3B||Adrian Beltre||Texas Rangers|
|Brandon Inge||Oakland Athletics|
|Mike Moustakas||Kansas City Royals|
|SS||Elvis Andrus||Texas Rangers|
|J.J. Hardy||Baltimore Orioles|
|Brendan Ryan||Seattle Mariners|
|LF||Alex Gordon||Kansas City Royals|
|Desmond Jennings||Tampa Bay Rays|
|David Murphy||Texas Rangers|
|CF||Austin Jackson||Detroit Tigers|
|Adam Jones||Baltimore Orioles|
|Mike Trout||Los Angeles Angels|
|RF||Shin-Soo Choo||Cleveland Indians|
|Jeff Francoeur||Kansas City Royals|
|Josh Reddick||Oakland Athletics|
|P||Bronson Arroyo||Cincinnati Reds|
|Mark Buehrle||Miami Marlins|
|Clayton Kershaw||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|C||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Miguel Montero||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Carlos Ruiz||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1B||Freddie Freeman||Atlanta Braves|
|Adam LaRoche||Washington Nationals|
|Joey Votto||Cincinnati Reds|
|2B||Darwin Barney||Chicago Cubs|
|Aaron Hill||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati Reds|
|3B||Chase Headley||San Diego Padres|
|Aramis Ramirez||Milwaukee Brewers|
|David Wright||New York Mets|
|SS||Zack Cozart||Cincinnati Reds|
|Ian Desmond||Washington Nationals|
|Jose Reyes||Miami Marlins|
|Jimmy Rollins||Philadelphia Phillies|
|LF||Ryan Braun||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Carlos Gonzalez||Colorado Rockies|
|Martin Prado||Atlanta Braves|
|CF||Michael Bourn||Atlanta Braves|
|Andrew McCutchen||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Drew Stubbs||Cincinnati Reds|
|RF||Jay Bruce||Cincinnati Reds|
|Andre Ethier||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Jason Heyward||Atlanta Braves|
Before Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, a group of Mariners players, and the Moose, paid a visit to Seattle’s Veterans Administration Hospital to sign autographs, pose for photos and swap stories with patients. Mariners team photographer Ben Van Houten was there and sent back these photos.
The Mariners will play the White Sox today, and wear green hats in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Game time is 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and select markets on the Mariners Radio Network, as well as online at Mariners.com for subscribers.
Seattle will try to turn around their luck on St. Patrick’s Day, having lost 8 of its last 9 games when wearing the green lids.
Day 23 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / 23 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 39 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)
It was very overcast today, and a bit humid, but temperatures are starting to heat up. The game vs. the Padres started at 76° and a high reached 84° in the middle innings.
Quote of the Day:
“It should be good for 75 or 76 games.” Reliever George Sherrill talking about easing back into action after his first spring outing. 75 or 76 outings would rank in the top three in the Mariners single-season record books.
Tweet of the Day:
— Larry LaRue (@LarryLaRue) March 5, 2012
Mariners Improve to 3-1 in Cactus League Play:
Dustin Ackley went 3-for-3 with a double and triple to lead the Mariners to a 13-7 Cactus League victory over the Padres. Ackley doubled in the first, singled in the 3rd and tripled in the 5th inning while batting leadoff for the first time this spring. Shortstop Brendan Ryan recorded a double and 2 RBI and catcher Adam Moore hit a solo home run to lead the 14-hit attack. Infielder Francisco Martinez (2×3, R, 2B, RBI) and designated hitter Carlos Peguero (2×5, R, RBI) joined Ackley with multi-hit games. Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) threw 35 pitches in the first inning, allowing 3 hits and one unearned run. Relievers Scott Patterson, George Sherrill and Tom Wilhelmsen each threw a scoreless inning.
The Mariners played a B game vs. the Reds this morning in Goodyear, losing 4-1. Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and Erasmo Ramirez each threw 2.0 scoreless innings. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in 1.2 innings. DH Luis Jimenez accounted for the Mariners only run with a solo home run.
Edgar Martinez arrived in camp today and will be here for the next four days working with the Major League and Minor League players.
3/6 vs. CIN – RHP Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Mat Latos
3/7 at LAA – RHP Blake Beavan vs. RHP Jered Weaver
3/8 at CHI – RHP Kevin Millwood vs. RHP Chris Volstad
3/8 at COL (B Game) – RHP Hector Noesi vs. RHP Rob Scahill (10 a.m. at Rockies)