Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS


This week on Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS, in honor of PLAYBALL WEEKEND at Safeco Field and across Major League Baseball, a show dedicated to Little Leaguers and childhood baseball memories.

Wiffle Ball® – Learn how the Mariners got introduced to the game, how the Wiffle® Ball came to be and why the Mariners as an organization are committed to distributing 100,000 Wiffle Balls to kids throughout the Northwest.

Baseball Outside the U.S. – Little League isn’t just played in the United States. We’ll hear from some of the Mariners international players on their earliest memories of the game and the expectations that came with growing up in baseball-loving countries.

Player You Wanted to Be Like – Discover which players the Mariners wanted to be like growing up.

Who taught you to throw – For most players it was a simple game of catch in the backyard that planted the seed of becoming a Big League player. Hear the advice they got and learn who taught them to throw a baseball.

What did you break – You weren’t supposed to play baseball in the house, but inevitably it happened and something got broken as a result. Find out the results of Mariners playing baseball in the house.

You’ll also learn about the baseball cards collected by Mariners players, favorite baseball movies, best treats after Little League games and more. Plus, Take Me Out to the Ballgame as performed by several Mariners including Nelson Cruz and Felix Hernandez — on kazoo.

Mariners All Access airs:

  • Sunday 12:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00 a.m.
  • Thursday 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday 3:00 p.m.



Mariners Mondays – Taijuan Walker Impresses


On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Taijuan Walker shows why he’s one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball.

On May 29, Walker turned in one of the best starts of his career with a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians. He gave up just two hits over eight innings, did not walk a batter and struck out eight for his first victory at Safeco Field. A two-run homer by outfielder Seth Smith was all the offense the Mariners would need to give Walker his second win of the season.

Two months later, Walker was even better as he tossed a one-hitter at Target Field for a 6-1 win over the Twins on July 31. It was his first complete game in 29 Major League starts and it was a crucial bounce-back for Walker, who had yielded 19 runs in his previous four starts. Nelson Cruz and Jesus Montero both homered to give the Mariners a 6-1 win. The game was also the Major League debut of Ketel Marte, who batted leadoff and played second.

Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.

Mariners Mondays – Great Finishes


There’s nothing quite like a walk-off win. Or getting the “W” with the last at-bat of the game. On the February 8 episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS we’ll relive some of those late-innings heroics from the 2015 season.

There were 21 games last season that the Mariners won on the last at-bat or as a walk-off. One of them was a 10-inning game at Tampa Bay on May 26. The Rays led the Mariners 1-0 until the 8th inning when Kyle Seager connected for a grand slam. But when the Rays answered with three runs in the bottom of the 9th, Kyle had to do it again, with a solo homer in the 10th to seal the victory.

For sheer enjoyment, there may not be anything more fun than a walk-off.

April 19, the walk-off came in regulation play when the Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 11-10. The Mariners needed to overcome two five-run deficits to do it, but Nelson Cruz came through big with 5 RBI, including the game winner in the bottom of the 9th.

On May 8, the Mariners needed extra innings to best the Oakland A’s 4-3 when Logan Morrison delivered a solo home run on the first pitch of the 11th inning.

It was another extra innings affair on July 26 when the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 6-5 in 10. The hero was Franklin Gutierrez, who drove an 0-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field. Cruz’s bat also played a role when he tied the score 5-5 in the 7th with his 25th homer. Defense was also a highlight of the game as the Mariners turned a triple-play in the 4th inning.

Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.

Mariners Offseason and Spring Training Programming


If you can’t wait for the baseball season to get started, you’re not alone. With that in mind, our radio (710 ESPN Seattle) and television (ROOT Sports) partners have confirmed their programming plans for the Mariners offseason as well as Spring Training.

Here’s a handy list so you don’t miss a minute of the action.


Hot Stove


Cactus League Report



Beginning January 4, ROOT SPORTS NW will carry “Mariners Mondays” from 7:00-10:00 pm. Each show will feature 2-3 of the best Mariners games from the 2015 season. A total of 12 shows through March 21.

ROOT SPORTS Earns Emmy For Its Coverage of Mariners Baseball


ROOT SPORTS Northwest was awarded two Emmys at this year’s 52nd Annual Awards Ceremony for the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

In the category of “Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited – Program/Special”, ROOT SPORTS was honored for its game coverage of Mariners Baseball.  The crew specially recognized by NATAS included:

Jon Bradford, Executive Producer
Sarah Hilsendeger, Production Manager
Curtis Wilson, Senior Producer
Liz Serrette, Operations Manager
Mark Engelbrekt, Senior Director
Pike Parker, Producer
Doug Herbison, Director
Lacey Cameron, Director
Andy Urlacher, Audio Specialist
Steven Hurd, Production Associate
Stu Vitue, Editor
Carl Severson, Editor

A second Emmy for “Graphic Arts” was also awarded to ROOT SPORTS this year, accepted by Richard Ealom.

“Congratulations to ROOT SPORTS Northwest for earning two Emmys this year, the fifth consecutive year it has been recognized by NATAS,” said Randy Adamack, Mariners Sr. Vice President of Communications. “The production quality of Mariners Baseball games on ROOT SPORTS ranks among the very best in baseball, both locally and nationally, which is a tribute to the hard work, pride and creativity of the staff.”

In 2015, ROOT SPORTS produced and distributed 161 of the Mariners 162 regular season games, as well as 16 spring training game telecasts, the most in team history.

ROOT SPORTS Northwest is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Big Sky Conference and Mountain West Conference. The network reaches 3.4 million households across five states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are available in high definition.

Mariners All Access


This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS – we talk hitting with Nelson Cruz and go one-on-one with Mariners Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer.

Cruz and Blowers 1-on-1 – Mike Blowers sits down with Nelson Cruz to talk hitting and approaches to different situations at the plate. Hear how he changes his swing as needed and how often he actually tries to muscle one out of the park.

Cruz 5 HR in 5 games – Nelson Cruz has been as hot as Seattle’s summer. We take another look at the homers he hit during the recent five-game streak.

Nelson Cruz and Angie Mentink in the cage – There’s no denying the strength in Nelson’s hands and upper body, but see how he really generates power as Cruz takes us inside the batting cage and breaking down his stance.

Moyer 1-on-1 – Jen Mueller sits down with Jamie Moyer during his Hall of Fame weekend festivities and gets his thoughts on pitching today, Felix Hernandez and how he might pitch to Nelson Cruz.

Happy Anniversary Felix – It’s been 10 years since Felix Hernandez made his Major League debut. Discover what the King remembers about that day and the months leading up to his first big league start.

Mariners All Access Airs:

  • Sunday noon, 7:30pm
  • Monday 6pm
  • Wednesday 6:30pm
  • Friday 1pm

An Emmy for ROOT SPORTS’ Mariners Games


Congratulations are in order for ROOT SPORTS. Over the weekend, the Mariners television partner, won a local Emmy Award.

The category was Sporting Event/Game – Live/Unedited – Program/Special. Also nominated was ROOT’S Big Sky Football broadcasts, the Seahawks game production, and the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup hydro races, produced by KIRO TV.

This is the fifth consecutive year ROOT SPORTS has won a local Emmy in the category, and the second win for Mariners baseball. (ROOT also won in 2013.). ROOT has earned two Emmy Awards for college football, and one for Portland Timbers Soccer broadcasts.

The ROOT SPORTS Mariners baseball crew includes Jon Bradford, Executive Producer; Sarah Hilsendeger, Production Manager; Liz Serrette, Operations Manager; Curtis Wilson, Senior Producer; Mark Engelbrekt, Senior Director; Mike Pike Parker, Producer; Doug Herbison, Director; Lacey Cameron, Director; Andy Urlacher, Audio Specialist; Steven Hurd, Production Associate; Stu Vitue, Editor; Carl Severson, Editor.