Mariners spring training took another big step forward over President’s Weekend, with the position players reporting to camp. The full squad is in Peoria.
Soon we’ll have not just photos of guys stretching and playing catch, but actual games. The Mariners annual charity game against the Padres is Saturday, and that will start the Cactus League season.
There isn’t much to report on from the Rainiers perspective yet. Manager Pat Listach is in camp, helping out the major league staff at least until the Triple-A games get underway in mid-March. That means throwing batting practice, hitting lots of fungos, and working with the infielders on fielding technique.
Listach is probably already keeping an eye on the many new players in camp who could open the season in Tacoma, learning their strengths and weaknesses.
The many stories from over the weekend focused on the Mariners major league roster, and the key position players who reported to camp. There is one story on potential Rainiers reliever Nick Hagadone, who is trying to come back from a serious injury and a long layoff.
- With position players reporting this past weekend, Bob Dutton asked seven questions facing the Mariners.
- John McGrath wrote a handy primer for determining what are good signs and bad signs coming from Arizona.
- “Whatever it takes” is the Mariners slogan for 2017.
- Robinson Cano arrived in spring training after a much quieter offseason.
- New shortstop Jean Segura arrived with Cano, and he is ready to help his new team.
- Slugger Nelson Cruz says that the Mariners goal is to win the division. Cruz also said he no longer minds being a primary designated hitter.
- Ryan Divish has a detailed look at potential Rainiers reliever Nick Hagadone, the lefty from Sumner who is coming back from an elbow fracture.
- Matt Calkins has a column on Felix Hernandez‘s chances of regaining his form.
- Danny Valencia has been with many teams, but the Mariners are happy to have him.
- The team is working hard to improve its baserunning, which was a problem last season.
- The Mariners projected starting rotation had an impressive first round of workouts.
- The World Baseball Classic makes it difficult for the Mariners pitching coach to schedule throwing sessions. The team is going to lose a bunch of key players in early March.
- Apparently the most impressive throwing session so far was a bullpen by likely Double-A Arkansas reliever Thyago Vieira.
- Rain pushed spring training indoors on Saturday and scuttled the first full-squad workout on Sunday, but manager Scott Servais gave his season-opening speech to the team.
- The Times has a photo gallery from spring training.
We’re getting closer!