Tagged: Rick Rizzs

Hot Stove Show on 710 ESPN Seattle Tonight

Hot Stove

A few thoughts came to mind this weekend, some obvious and some not so obvious. As for the obvious, the new year has arrived and spring training is right around the corner. In the not-so-obvious column, we’re now closer to Opening Day 2016 than we are to the end of last season. With those things in mind, The Hot Stove show returns tonight from the 710 ESPN Radio studios from 7-9 pm.

Mariners broadcasters Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers & Shannon Drayer will co-host the evenings show and will be joined by Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto, Mariners bench coach Tim Bogar, and Larry Stone from the Seattle Times.

With the Hall of Fame results being announced tomorrow, there will be plenty of talk about Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez, as well as about the upcoming season.

Be sure to tune in on the radio on 710 ESPN Seattle and online at MyNorthwest.com.

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The Hot Stove – Live From The Southcenter Mariners Team Store

Hot Stove

Now that the Winter Meetings are over, we can look back at the week that was (trades, signings and other news) as well as talk about what is in store for the club in the coming weeks and months.

With that in mind, The Hot Stove show debuts tonight with a live remote broadcast from the Southcenter Mariners Team Store.

Mariners broadcasters Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers & Shannon Drayer will co-host the event and will be joined live by Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto from 7 to 8 pm. Mariners Manager Scott Servais and FOX Sports’ Rob Neyer will join by phone during the second hour of the show.

Be sure to tune in on the radio on 710 ESPN Seattle, online at MyNorthwest.com or stop by the team store to watch and listen in person.

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Sir Rick Rizzs

Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs is knighted by Miss Seafair Rio Barber in recognition of his “contributions to Seattle’s quality of life.”

Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs is knighted by Miss Seafair Rio Barber in recognition of his “contributions to Seattle’s quality of life.”

The Mariners already have King Felix and the King’s Court. Now we have Sir Rizzs. The Mariners longtime broadcaster was “Knighted” by Miss Seafair Rio Barber in a special ceremony near home plate at Safeco Field.

Each year, Seafair royalty honor deserving individuals for their contributions to Seattle’s quality of life.

As Rizzs knelt before her, Miss Seafair tapped him on each shoulder with a sword, declaring him the “Royal Sage of Safeco Field and the Prince of Play-by-Play.”

Rio noted that Rizzs has been “admired by fans for many years.”

In addition to his broadcasting duties, Rizzs is committed to community service. Rick’s Toys for Kids, the charity he founded with former Mariners players, including Dave Henderson, raises funds to buy holiday gifts for children in the greater Seattle area who might not otherwise receive them. With the help of the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, which puts on a fundraising dinner each year, Toys for Kids has raised more than $1 million, purchased more than 40,000 gifts and helped host more than 50 holiday parties since 1995.

After the knighting ceremony Rizzs quipped that he would like to be called Sir Ricks-A-Lot.

Seafair president Beth Knox and Miss Seafair Rio Barber flank Sir Rick Rizzs, Seafair’s newly-knighted Royal Sage of Safeco Field and Prince of Play-by-Play.”

Seafair president Beth Knox and Miss Seafair Rio Barber flank Sir Rick Rizzs, Seafair’s newly-knighted Royal Sage of Safeco Field and Prince of Play-by-Play.”

Toys for Kids Shopping Spree

Jay and Leah Buhner turn up every year for the Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Jay and Leah Buhner turn up every year for the Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Rick Rizzs, Jay Buhner and volunteers from 18 Seattle area social service agencies and charities gathered before sunrise at the Toys R Us in Bellevue Tuesday to spend $250,000 on gifts to brighten the holidays for children across the region.

Toys for Kids started as a good idea over 17 years ago when Rizzs, Buhner, Dave Henderson and several other former Mariners players passed the hat to help needy families. Today, that act of goodwill has grown into a non-profit organization that provides holiday cheer to more than 6,000 children each year.

Volunteers from Atlantic Street Center turned out in force to shop for 1,500 children.

Volunteers from Atlantic Street Center turned out in force to shop for 1,500 children.

Various fundraising efforts over the year culminate in a shopping spree at Toys R Us. Volunteers from organizations such as Atlantic Street Center, Broadview Women’s Shelter, Harborview Medical Center, Union Gospel Mission Family Services, and Vision House swarm the store beginning at 6am, lists in hand, to buy gifts for kids who might not otherwise receive one.

Maria Ochoa-Meyers, who was shopping for Communities in Schools of Renton, was looking for art supplies and Barbies. Although the ghoulish Monster High dolls are increasingly popular, “girls still like Barbie,” she said.

A team from Atlantic Street Center turned out in red Mariners T-shirts to fill the wish lists of 1,500 kids. By 6:45am, they had already filled to overflowing 23 shopping carts, with more to go.

Rick Rizzs fuels up with coffee and a donut before the annual Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Rick Rizzs fuels up with coffee and a donut before the annual Toys for Kids shopping spree.

Next Thursday and Saturday Santa Moose, Rick Rizzs, and some surprise guests will start delivering the gifts at parties at Seattle Ronald McDonald House and Harborview Medical Center.

It’s not too late to help out. You can make a tax deductible donation online at RicksToysForKids.org, or you can find out how to give some or all of the proceeds from your sales on ebay to help the cause.

Toys for Kids Dinner Auction Raises More Than $200,000

Rick Rizzs and Al “Moose” Clausen at the 13th Annual Toys for Kids Dinenr and Auction.

Rick Rizzs and Al “Moose” Clausen at the 13th Annual Toys for Kids Dinner & Auction.

The 13th annual Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction was held on Saturday at the Harbor Club in Bellevue, and raised over $200,000 to help homeless and disadvantaged kids this Christmas.

The annual event is hosted by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former player Dave Henderson, with the help of the Mariners RBI Club.

Auction items, including several Mariners items, helped raise over $200,000 for charity.

Auction items, including several Mariners items, helped raise over $200,000 for charity.

Several former Mariners players were in attendance to help raise money, including Bill Krueger, Dan Wilson and John Olerud. Current Mariners outfielder Raul Ibañez also took part in the event and there was a surprise appearance from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Toys for Kids host Rick RIzzs.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and Toys for Kids host Rick RIzzs.

The Seattle Mariners RBI Club awarded Eric and Kate Wedge the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award, an annual award given during our dinner and auction to a past or present member of the Mariners organization who has made a significant contribution to the community.

Eric and Kate Wedge received the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award.

Eric and Kate Wedge received the Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award.

With all the money raised, Rizzs and an entourage of  shoppers start clearing shelves at local toy stores beginning December 4. We’ll have an update on this blog after the first few shopping events. Thanks for all the helped raise money for a wonderful charity!

Photos courtesy of Rick Takagi Photography

Michael Saunders Plays Reporter

Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders may have a career after his current career, as a broadcaster. This morning he interviewed Mariners radio announcer Rick Rizzs about the upcoming 2013 season. As you can see, Michael has quite the personality and is a joy to be around (and to watch on the field)!

Hot Stove League Returns Tonight

Hot Stove League

The Hot Stove League Radio Show returns tonight from 7-9 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle. Fans across the country can also listen live online via Mariners.com.

The 2-hour long show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. Scheduled guests include third baseman Kyle Seager, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, third base coach Jeff Datz, TV announcer Dave Sims and Seattle Times National Baseball Writer Larry Stone.