Tagged: Tom Wilhelmsen

Mariners Acquire Leonys Martin & Anthony Bass


Since Jerry Dipoto was hired as the Mariners General Manager, he’s been talking about having a more athletic team, especially in the vast Safeco Field outfield. Today’s trade with the Texas Rangers that brought Cuban centerfielder Leonys Martin did just that, it brought an athlete that can cover a tremendous amount of ground in the outfield.

“The addition of Martin gives us a premier defensive center fielder,” said Dipoto. “His athleticism and speed will be strong additions to our lineup as we continue to mold the roster.”

To give you an idea of Martin’s defensive prowess, over the last three seasons (2013-15), Martin ranks 4th in the Majors amongst center fielders in defensive runs saved (44) behind the Mets Juan Lagares (56), Royals Lorenzo Cain (49) and Astros Carlos Gomez (46).

To give you some background on Leonys, he defected from Cuba in the late summer of 2010 and established residency in Mexico before signing with the Texas organization. When he was still a free agent, he took part in the same workouts as Mariners lefty Roenis Elias as they were looking to latch on with a Major League organization. During his career in Cuba, he played five seasons with Villa Clara in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, where he hit .314 (417×1329) with 329 runs, 62 doubles, 1 triple and 38 home runs.


Mariners In New York City

It was a busy day for several Mariners players prior to tonight’s game vs. the Yankees. Four players (Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Brandon Maurer) took over the MLB Fan Cave, and Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at the MLB.com headquarters to participate in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.

We’ll post some video and more photos of the two visits later, but here a few quick pics of the guys from this morning.

Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge and Tom Wilhelmsen at the MLB Fan Cave.

Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge and Tom Wilhelmsen at the MLB Fan Cave.

Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at MLB.com headquarters today.

Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez were guests at MLB.com headquarters today.

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.

Closing Time with Tom Wilhelmsen

Tom Wilhelmsen makes the journey from the bullpen to the mound to close out a Mariners win.

Tom Wilhelmsen just finished his last warm-up pitch in the bullpen, he takes a deep breath, Jimi Hendrix starts to play over the speakers, and Mariners fans start to cheer.

This could mean only one thing, It’s Closing Time.

After a handful of fist-bumps, and a short trek down the ramp to the bullpen gate, #54 appears through the opening in the outfield wall and then everything goes blank. For the next 289 feet, Tom has only his thoughts and a vast stretch of outfield grass before he takes his place on the mound to close out another Mariners victory.

In his first year as the Mariners closer, Wilhelmsen has been stellar converting 29 of 32 save opportunities since taking over the role in early June. With his success in the new role, we sat down with Tom to ask the former bartender a few light-hearted questions about what it is like to come into the game with the game on the line:

On the way to the bullpen gate, Tom collects his thoughts while Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child plays at Safeco Field.

You just finished your last warm-up pitch, and you are going into the game with a one-run lead. What are you thinking?
Quite honestly, I am trying not to think. Just take a few deep breaths, try to lock in and concentrate on the task at hand. Let everything else go and just think about throwing strikes.

This is a new role for you, so do you have any type of routine when coming out of the bullpen?
No, I just get focused, clear my mind and let the rest take care of itself.

You cross through the outfield fence and it is just you and the outfield grass on the way to the mound. What’s that like?
I would be lying if I didn’t say it was pretty cool. But you have to block that stuff out. I do hear some of the song that is played when I come out (Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix) and that kind of pumps me up. But really, whether the score is 1-0 of 5-3, I’ve got a job to do and that is usually get three outs.

So you come into home games to a song by Seattle native Jimi Hendrix. How did that come about?
I’ve always like Hendrix. How can you not? He’s the best, and it is just fitting that he is from Seattle.

Some closers run as fast as they can to the mound, some closers take their time. How would you describe your style?
Not slow, not fast…I don’t really know. Certainly not as fast as Heath Bell, but not as slow as Fernando Rodney. Just try to loosen up, clear my mind and get locked in. It is almost like a blur at times.

How would you describe that walk/run from the bullpen?
Really cool! I mean, what better spot to be in than come out and have the chance to lock up a win for your team. Whether it is the 2-3-4 hitters, or the bottom of the lineup, my focus is on getting three outs and shaking a lot of hands.

After throwing his final warm-up pitches, Tom gets locked-in and focuses on getting three quick outs.

– JE

Wilhelmsen at Ballard Fred Meyer on Monday

Mariners pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen will be signing autographs for fans at the Ballard Fred Meyer on Monday, July 2, from 12-1pm.

The store is located at 915 NW 45th Street in Seattle. The autograph session will be located just inside the main entrance of the store.

Relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen will be signing autographs Monday, July 2 at the Ballard Fred Meyer. (Seattle Mariners/Ben Van Houten)

– RH

Greetings from Peoria, Arizona

It feels like the 2011 season just ended, but here we are having landed in Phoenix, AZ, and arrived at the Mariners side of the Peoria Sports Complex today for the start of another great year of baseball. When the Mariners have their first official workout of the spring on Sunday, we’ll be the only Cactus League team, or Major League team for that matter, to be open for camp.

Seattle Mariners Administrative Offices in Peoria Arizona

A few players have already arrived including RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, LHP Jason Vargas, INF Alex Liddi and C Adam Moore and many more will be trickling in before their scheduled physicals on Saturday.

Carlos Guillen, Dustin Ackley, Brendan Ryan, Kyle Seager, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp have their lockers ready for camp.

The fields are not completely empty. The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, have been working out at the complex and will continue to work out here until February 19 in preparation for their regular season.

The Doosan Bears, a professional baseball team based in Seoul, South Korea, will be practicing at the Peoria Sports Complex ahead of their regular season.

It should be an interesting first few days being the only team in the Cactus League. With RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and INF Munenori Kawasaki joining Ichiro on the Mariners and with RHP Yu Darvish joining the Texas Rangers just down the road, we expect to have a higher-than-normal influx of Japanese media.

Here’s a quick run-down of what the schedule looks like for the Mariners in the next few days.

Important Spring Training Dates


Feb 10

Major League Camp Coaches Meeting


Feb 11

Major League Staff Meeting / Pitchers/Catchers Physicals


Feb 12

First Workout – Pitchers/Catchers


Feb 15

Minor League Mini Camp players report (more on this next week)


Feb 16

Mini Camp Physicals


Feb 17

Physicals Position Players / First Mini Camp Workout


Feb 18

First Full Squad Workout

– FA