We’ve got lots of stories but not much news from Mariners spring training camp – and that’s not a bad thing. Usually any news from this early in camp is injury-related and we want to avoid that.
The large number of links from the weekend give a little insight into how new Mariners manager Scott Servais is going about things in his first spring training as the man in charge. He shared some of his thoughts on how he wants to manage the roster and the type of games he wants to play.
Servais meets with the media every morning in Arizona – it’s part of the job – and from the reports that come out of these meetings we’ll start to get a feel for what the atmosphere is like around the squad.
Here are a weekend’s worth of Mariners reports from the start of spring training:
- Scott Servais is excited about running his first spring training. He wants his team to be aggressive on the basepaths.
- Servais said that when picking a bullpen, he’ll take pitchers with proven track records over a spring training “flash in the pan.”
- James Paxton is your spring training cliché.
- Here’s a quick little video interview with Felix Hernandez. In news that shocked nobody, Felix was named the Opening Day starter.
- It was first things first for the Mariners two new catchers: they had to meet the pitchers.
- Outfielder Leonys Martin is looking to bounce back from a bad year.
- New reliever Steve Cishek is looking to re-establish himself as a closer.
- Looks like Ryan Divish is punishing himself by posting “Mariners Morning Musings” this spring. Here are his musings from Saturday, Sunday, and today. One of the storylines over the weekend is that likely Rainiers reliever Paul Fry is getting a late start due to a recent battle with some sort of illness.
- Interesting piece from John McGrath remembering how the 1996 Mariners were doomed by a lack of pitching depth.
- The Times has a Mariners spring training photo gallery.
- From Toronto, we have an update on former Rainiers and Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders. Short version: he’s healthy.
- Reno Aces reliever Evan Marshall has been cleared to play in 2016. He was involved in a scary situation when he was struck in the head by a line drive late last season.