Spring #3: Seattle Mariners (2-0) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (2-0) | 1:05 pm | Maryvale Baseball Park
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, —) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, —)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle will broadcast today’s game live…also available via mariners.com
TV: No TV for today’s game
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 / 34 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
Mariners Spring Training Games Begin Tomorrow
The past two weeks of workouts has been fun, but the real fun starts tomorrow. The Mariners open the Cactus League season with the Charity game against the San Diego Padres. Left-hander James Paxton will make the start against the Padres against left-hander Robbie Erlin. Be sure to tune in on 710 ESPN Seattle starting at 12:10 pm Seattle time. As you can see, the lineup is already posted. Looks good!
Domingo Ayala Signs With Mariners
If you’re not familiar with YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala, you can check out his Domingo Ayala YouTube page. Domingo was in Mariners camp today, spending time in the clubhouse and taking the field with the club, showing off his defensive prowess and his skills at the plate. Be sure to watch the video to check out highlights from his day including comments from GM Jerry Dipoto and Manager Scott Servais.
If you want to read more about his day, check out MLB.com’s feature: Comedian Ayala cracks up Mariners at camp
Felix Throws A Bullpen
Yes, Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen today which included several dozen offerings…but the highlight for Felix was looking over during his session and seeing Jamie Moyer in camp. Jamie will be here for roughly a week and will be followed by several former players throughout the spring.
Edgar And The Hall of Fame
A crew from the National Baseball Hall of Fame was in Mariners camp today and they spent time talking to Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Mike Hampton, Casey Candaele and Jamie Moyer about former teammates who are now in the Hall of Fame. Hopefully soon, the Hall of Fame crew will be going to different camps around the league talking to former teammate of Edgar.
Mariners Sign Cuban Outfielder Guillermo Heredia
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has signed outfielder Guillermo Heredia. The 25-year-old outfielder, who defected from Cuba in early 2015, played six seasons with Matanzas in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, where he hit .285 (336×1177) with 231 runs, 57 doubles, 15 triples, 23 home runs and 121 RBI in 374 games.
As a 21-year-old in the 2011-12 season, he broke through by hitting .343 with a.439 on-base percentage and a.527 slugging percentage in 443 plate appearances and won a Gold Glove award in center field.
Jamie Moyer Arrives In Camp
Jamie Moyer arrived in Mariners camp today and will be with the club working with pitchers for the next week. It is always good to have the left-hander in camp, and he won’t be the only former Mariners player that joins us this spring as Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner and Julio Cruz will all make appearances.
MBC Sports Plus Visits Camp
MBC Sports Plus, a Korean TV outlet, was in camp to follow first baseman Dae-Ho Lee. The crew chatted with third base coach Manny Acta, hitting coach Edgar Martinez, Manager Scott Servais, GM Jerry Dipoto and of course, Dae-Ho Lee.
Mariners Spring Training Gallery Day 12
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A sure sign that spring, and Spring Training, are right around the corner, the equipment truck loaded up and hit the road today filled with everything from baseball equipment to jerseys to training equipment and office supplies.
The truck departed Safeco Field on its way to Peoria, Arizona for the 40th edition of Seattle Mariners Spring Training. The truck will make a couple of stops on its 1,506 mile journey to the Peoria Sports Complex.
When the truck arrives, it will be greeted by members of the Mariners Clubhouse crew who will spend a few days unpacking. Pitchers and catchers report to Peoria on Friday, February 19, and the position players arrive on February 24. The first full squad workout is Thursday, February 25.
Here are some photos of the moving party, with a special appearance by The Mariner Moose.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced that the Mariners have signed the following players to minor league contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
- Mike Baxter, OF
- Casey Coleman, RHP
- Ed Lucas, INF
- Brad Mills, LHP
- Blake Parker, RHP
These obviously won’t be the only invites to Spring Training, but it’s a start. The remainder of the list will begin to trickle out in the coming weeks and we hope to have a full list out in January.
With that said, here are a few tidbits about the five that were signed this week.
Baxter, 31, spent last year in the Chicago Cubs organization, splitting time with AAA Iowa and the Chicago Cubs. In 34 games in the Majors, he hit .246 (14×57) with 6 runs, 1 double and 2 RBI. With Iowa, he hit .279 (62×222) with 31 runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, 20 RBI and a .390 on-base percentage in 74 games. In parts of six Major League seasons with San Diego, New York (NL), Los Angeles (NL) and Chicago (NL), he has hit .228 (95×417) with 52 runs, 23 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs and 28 RBI in 232 games. During his minor league career, he has hit .280 (978×3494) with 528 runs, 208 doubles, 53 triples, 63 home runs, 423 RBI and a .355 on-base percentage. He was originally drafted by San Diego in the 4th round of the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).
Coleman, 28, spent last season with AAA Omaha in the Kansas City Royals organization where he was 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA (45 ER, 82.1 IP) with 54 strikeouts in 33 games including 6 starts. In parts of four Major League seasons with Chicago-NL (2010-12) and Kansas City (2014), he is 8-13 with a 5.72 ERA (113 ER, 177.2 IP) with 123 strikeouts in 58 games including 26 starts. In eight minor league seasons, he has combined to go 50-30 with a 3.73 ERA (287 ER, 692.0 IP) with 467 strikeouts in 194 games including 90 starts. He was originally drafted by Chicago (NL) in the 15th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL).
Lucas, 33, spent last season with AAA Round Rock in the Texas Rangers organization where he hit .316 (124×393) with 43 runs, 17 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 48 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage in 107 games. In two Major League seasons, both with Miami (2013-14), he has combined to hit .255 (135×530) with 62 runs, 19 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 37 RBI in 163 games. In 12 minor league seasons in the Kansas City, Atlanta, Los Angeles (AL), Miami and Texas organizations, he has hit .282 (1058×3747) with 538 runs, 177 doubles, 24 triples, 72 home runs, 471 RBI and a .355 on-base percentage in 1,049 games. He was originally drafted by Kansas City in the 8th round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH).
Mills, 30, spent last season in the Oakland organization. He spent most of the season with AAA Nashville where he went 5-12 with a 4.52 ERA (69 ER, 137.1 IP) with 95 strikeouts in 24 starts. He made one appearance, a start, with Oakland. In parts of six Major League seasons with Toronto (2009-11, 2014), Los Angeles-AL (2012) & Oakland (2014, 2015), he is 4-4 with a 7.97 ERA (70 ER, 79.0 IP) with 71 strikeouts in 21 games including 14 starts. In nine minor league seasons, he is 59-58 with a 3.82 ERA (412 ER, 970.2 IP) with 826 strikeouts in 174 games including 165 starts. He was originally drafted by Toronto in the 4th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ).
Parker, 30, appeared in only three games with AAA Iowa before having surgery to remove loose bodies in his right elbow on June 16th. In parts of three Major League seasons with the Chicago Cubs, he is 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA (30 ER, 73.1 IP) with 85 strikeouts in 74 games, all in relief. In 2013, he posted a 2.72 ERA (14 ER, 46.1 IP) with 55 strikeouts in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs. In nine minor league seasons in the Cubs organization, he is 14-18 with a 2.86 ERA (122 ER, 383.1 IP) with 424 strikeouts in 295 relief appearances. He was originally drafted by Chicago (NL) in the 16th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR).
Tuesday, March 2, 2015 / 35 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Look Ma, We’re (Soon To Be) On TV:
As you already know, the Mariners begin Cactus League action with the annual Charity Game against the Padres. Be sure to tune in to ROOT SPORTS to catch the action from Peoria Stadium. The Mariners will televise 16 games this spring including Wednesday and Thursday at 12:05 pm Seattle time. Here’s a full broadcast schedule for the spring.
Speaking of TV & Radio:
Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers, Radio Engineer Kevin Cremin and Television Director Mark Engelbrekt arrived in camp and are ready to get started. As you’ll see below, Aaron Goldsmith had not made it to camp yet because he was in the process of dealing with an interesting situation.
On The Radio:
Shortstop Chris Taylor jumped on the phone with KJR’s Mitch In The Morning Show and discussed his position battle with Brad Miller. He also talks about the positive outlook of the 2015 season and the addition of Nelson Cruz to the lineup. Check out the full interview here.
The Rain Arrives, Baseball Activities Continue:
The weather altered plans for the Mariners this morning. With the precipitation continuing to (pun definitely intended) rain down on the fields, the players moved their activities to the cages, the covered bullpens and the gym. Hisashi Iwakuma played long-toss in the rain and then moved over to toss his live batting practice (hitters not swinging). According to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish, Kuma accidentally hit prospect Gabby Guerrero between the shoulder blades with an errant pitch. Others joining him in throwing live BP included J.A. Happ and Danny Farquhar. Others throwing bullpens were Fernando Rodney, Yoervis Medina, Tom Wilhelmsen, Sam Gaviglio, Rafael Perez and Mayckol Guaipe.
The Instrasquad Game That Never Was:
The Mariners were supposed to play an intrasquad game today but the rains washed that away. If you’re interested, here are the lineups for the game that never was.
Dove Tail Bats:
The stream of bat companies in camp has continued and today it was Dove Tail Bats who arrived. Players got a chance to check out their products and see if they’d like to use their bats during the season.
Tweet of the Day:
Sunday, March 1, 2015 / 36 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
Ah, He’s A Funny Guy:
Japanese comedian Zakiyama Yamazaki, one of the most popular funny men in Japan, stopped by camp today to chat with a few players and staff. He met pitching coach Rick Waits in the morning during stretch, chatted it up with Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano & Nelson Cruz after workouts and then interviewed Hisashi Iwakuma to complete his day.
Felix Hernandez threw a bullpen session, Dominic Leone threw to live hitters, hitters took live and normal batting practice and pitchers worked on PFP. It was a short but productive day for the entire roster.
ESPN The Magazine Photo Shoot:
Felix Hernandez took part in an ESPN The Magazine photo shoot after workouts today. Here’s a brief behind-the-scenes look at the shoot itself.
Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes was in Mariners camp today to check in with some of the Mariners Latin stars. Be on the lookout for his work in the next few days to see his report on the Mariners.
Tweet of the Day:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 / 40 Days ‘til Opening Day (April 6 vs. Los Angeles Angels)
First Full Squad Workout:
The Mariners full squad took the field for workouts today and it gave fans a little bit of everything; hitting, pitching, fielding and the opportunity to meet some of their favorite stars.
First Workout Video:
They say pictures are worth a thousand words, we’ll stop typing so you can enjoy the following videos of today’s workout.
Boomstick Meets With Media:
After the workout, Nelson Cruz met with members of the media in the interview room to discuss his arrival at Spring Training and adjusting to his new surroundings.
MLB Players Association Meeting:
After today’s workout, the Major League Players Association met with the Mariners to talk about any questions they might have had.
MLBPA Executive Director Meets With Seattle Media:
After the Players Association meeting with the players, Tony Clark, the MLBPA Executive Director, met with members of the Seattle media. He spoke about pace of game, the collective bargaining agreement and the process that goes into that.
Cactus League Lunch:
The annual Cactus League Luncheon and Press Conference took place today at the newly renovated Peoria Sports Complex, which is home to the Seattle Mariners. Hall of Fame players, elected officials and MLB and spring training staff were present for the induction of Cactus League Hall of Famers.
New Balance In Camp:
New Balance was in camp today to drop off some of their products for the players that wear their brand and also spent time with the players showing them some of the products that are still in development.
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