Cactus League play is underway and, with that, our regular Tuesday night show makes its transition from the Hot Stove League to the Cactus League Report. Tonight’s two-hour program is hosted by Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer, and we have quite the lineup in store. Tune in to hear from skipper Lloyd McClendon, catcher Mike Zunino, LHP Charlie Furbush, RHP Blake Beavan, OF James Jones, minor league catching coordinator and Mariners legend Dan Wilson, and MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
You can listen to tonight’s show from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or stream online on Mariners.com.
Here’s a look at some of the English & Spanish features that were written about the Dominican Baseball Academy over the last few days.
- Mariners.com: New academy boosts Mariners’ presence in Dominican
- Mariners Musings: Photos from my Dominican Republic venture
- Seattle Times: Photos: Mariners unveil new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic
- ESPN Deportes: Marineros inaugura academia en RD
- Hoy: Los Marineros inauguran moderna academia en Boca Chica
- 7dias: Marineros inauguran este jueves su Academia de Beisbol en Boca Chica
- CDN: Marineros hechan raices con nueva academia en Boca Chica
- Diario Libre: Los Marineros abren una moderna academia en Boca Chica
- Quinigueros.com: Marineros tienen nuevo hogar para desarrollar talento de RD
- Listin Diario: Marineros tienen nuevo hogar para desarrollar talento de RD
- Nacion Deportiva: La Academia de los Marineros por dentro
- El Caribe: Un pedazo de los Marineros en Republica Dominicana
- Beisbol AP: Marineros inauguran academia en Dominicana
- Panorama: Marineros de Seattle abren lujoso complejo en Boca Chica
- MundiDeportes: Marineros inauguraran academia de beisbol en Rep. Dominicana
Here’s a brief video of the day courtesy of Victor MI. Baez S. (Deportes SIN):
Here’s a photo gallery courtesy of team photographer Ben Van Houten:
As an added treat, the players working out at the academy got the chance to meet with Robinson Cano who took batting practice at the new Academy:
With pitchers and catchers reporting tomorrow, the stove has never been hotter. Tonight’s guests include Michael Saunders, Chris Woodward, Vince Cottroneo, Rob Neyer (now with FOX Sports), and Camden Finney of the Mariners marketing department, who will fill us in on some of the special events at Safeco Field this season. The show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer.
Tune in from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle or listen for free online here.
If you are looking for an easy way to print out the 2014 Seattle Mariners schedule, including spring training games, we have the perfect document for you. Below is a PDF version of the spring and regular-season schedule that can be printed on either letter-size or legal-size paper.
We will post an updated schedule when we are able to fill road game times.
As you’re well aware, Thursday’s announcement of Robinson Cano agreeing to join the Mariners family set off a very busy day for Seattle’s new second baseman. To give you a taste of what his day looked like, ROOT SPORTS followed him around Safeco Field to document the big day. Cano had time to sit down for interviews with Rick Rizzs, Brad Adam of ROOT SPORTS, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle, Pedro Gomez and Enrique Rojas of ESPN and MLB Network before being formally introduced to the Seattle media.
Once that was done, he finished his day with a photo shoot in his new Mariners gear and spent time with Mariners fans at Safeco Field. Enjoy the glimpse behind the scenes!
It has been a busy few days around Safeco Field. Less than 24 hours after introducing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Corey Hart and acquired infielder/outfielder Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins in exchange for relief pitcher Carter Capps.
Hart, 31, is a two-time All-Star (2008 & 2010) hitting .276 with 154 HR and 508 RBI in 945 games with the Brewers (2004-12). His 87 home runs between 2010-2012 ranked 6th-best in the National League and his .514 slugging percentage ranked 11th during that span.
Morrison, 26, hit .242 (71×293) with 32 runs, 13 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs and 36 RBI in 85 games last season after returning from the disabled list in June (right knee surgery). He appeared almost exclusively at first base, playing 79 games at first, starting 78. In parts of four Major League seasons, he has batted .249 (322×1295) with 159 runs scored, 73 runs, 16 triples, 42 home runs and 162 RBI in 363 games. He has appeared in 240 games in left field (238 starts) and 101 games at first base (95 starts).
Both players will be introduced in a news conference at 1 p.m. today, live on Mariners.com.
It’s official: Robinson Cano is a Seattle Mariner. The five-time All-Star (to go along with five Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves) will be introduced in a press conference at 3 p.m. this afternoon. You can follow live on ROOT SPORTS, 710 ESPN Seattle or Mariners.com
Be sure to check the blog throughout the day as we update with photos, quotes and other highlights from Cano’s first official day as a Seattle Mariner.
Check out the full press release below:
MARINERS SIGN ALL-STAR SECOND BASEMAN ROBINSON CANO
Cano is a five-time All-Star with five Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves.
SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a multi-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We have made a major commitment to a player who is one of the most dynamic in Major League Baseball,” Zduriencik said. “And Robinson has made a commitment to the Seattle Mariners organization and to the City of Seattle. We have stayed true to our plan of building our organization from the ground up through the amateur draft and player development, and now have had the opportunity to add an All-Star player through free agency.”
Cano, 31, has established himself as one of the best overall players in baseball over the last few years. He is a five-time All-Star, including the American League starter at second base each of the last four seasons. He has also won five Silver Slugger Awards (2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and two Gold Gloves (2010, 2012). In nine Major League seasons with the New York Yankees (2005-2013), Cano has combined to bat .309 (1649×5336) with 375 doubles, 28 triples, 204 home runs and 822 RBI in 1,374 games. His team record in games played is 797-577 (.580), the second-highest winning percentage (min. 1,000 G) by an active player (Derek Jeter – .598: 1,556-1,044-2).
“I am really happy to be here in Seattle and look forward to helping the Mariners organization win a championship and bring a World Series trophy to the Pacific Northwest,” Cano said.
Last season, Cano batted .314 (190×605) with 41 doubles, 27 home runs and 107 RBI in 160 games with the Yankees. It was his fifth consecutive season with 40 or more doubles and 25 or more home runs, the only player in baseball history to record those statistics in five straight seasons. Only Albert Pujols (7 seasons), Lou Gehrig (6 seasons), Miguel Cabrera (5 seasons), Stan Musial (5 seasons), Hank Greenberg (5 seasons) and Cano have recorded 5 or more seasons in a career with 40 or more doubles and 25 or more home runs.
Over the last five seasons (2009-2013), Cano has combined to bat .314 (978×3118) with 496 runs scored, 224 doubles, 13 triples, 142 home runs, 513 RBI and a .899 OPS (.530 SLG, .369 OBP). His 379 extra base hits over this span are second-most in baseball behind Miguel Cabrera (385), while his 224 doubles are by far the most in baseball (Billy Butler has 2nd-most with 199). His 290 multi-hit games over this stretch are also the most in baseball. He has finished in the top 6 in the voting for AL MVP in each of the last four seasons, including 3rd in 2010, 6th in 2011, 4th in 2012 and 5th in 2013.
Cano has appeared in the postseason in seven of his nine Major League seasons, recording 21 extra base hits (8 HR) in 51 playoff games. He has been selected to play in five All-Star games, including the last four starting for the AL at second base. In 2013, he received 5,369,141 votes, 6th-most among AL players. He has participated in the All-Star Home Run Derby each of the last three seasons, winning the title in 2011 (Chase Field) with 32 home runs.
Cano’s Career Highlights:
- Elite Player – Since 2009, combined to bat .314 with 379 extra base hits and .899 OPS in 801 games.
- Homers & Doubles – Recorded at least 25 home runs and 40 doubles in each of the last five seasons, the only player in MLB history to accomplish this in 5 straight seasons.
- All-Star – Five-time All-Star, starting at second base for the American League the last four seasons (2010-2013).
- Silver Slugger – Four-time Sliver Slugger Award winner, including each of last four seasons: 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012…5 Silver Slugger Awards at second base are 2nd-most in history behind Ryne Sandberg’s 7 awards.
- Gold Glove – Won the AL Gold Glove at second base in 2010 and 2012…was a Gold Glove finalist in 2013.
- World Baseball Classic – Named MVP of the 2013 WBC leading the Dominican Republic to the title…hit .469 (15×32) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in the tournament.
- Postseason – Appeared in the post season in 7 of 9 seasons in the Majors (11 series)…in 51 postseason games combined to bat .222 (45×203) with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs and 33 RBI…batted .343 (12×35) with 4 HR in 9 playoff games in 2010…part of the 2009 World Championship squad.
- Iron Man – Over last 7 seasons (since 2007), appeared in 1,120 of 1,134 possible games…ranks 2nd in the Majors in games played since 2007 behind only Prince Fielder (1,126).
- Safeco Field – .309 hitter (47×152) with 13 doubles, 4 home runs and 20 RBI in 40 games at Safeco Field (.350 OBP, .487 SLG).
- Home Run Derby – Participated in the All-Star Home Run Derby each of last three seasons, winning in 2012.
- Awards –AL Player of the Month in September 2006 & April 2010…six-time AL Player of the Week (last: June 25-July 1, 2012).