In the rather mundane world of infield instruction, there are two legends in the industry. Ron Washington is one. Perry Hill is the other. He’s got a trademark catchphrase – “Stop it!” – but it doesn’t mean what you might think.
A judge in Seattle has ruled that Lorena Martin’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the Mariners must be resolved in private arbitration rather than in court.
Once hailed as the franchise savior, Ackley returns on the bottom rung of the clubhouse hierarchy – a non-roster invitee with almost no chance to make the roster. Ackley’s initial chance, if it comes, almost certainly would occur with Class AAA Tacoma.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager enters the 2019 season after a physical and dietary remake. He learned to embrace flexibility training, spinach, and a long-term health plan. Seager played the second half of last season with a broken left big toe, which affected his ability to plant and drive forward and led to a .221 batting average and a .273 on-base percentage, both career lows.
After playing through foot injuries and some clubhouse tension last season, Dee Gordon is back healthy and will play full time at second base rather than bounce between positions.
Omar Narvaez is expected to do plenty with the bat as the Seattle Mariners’ new catcher – but he’s doing important work this spring with a 5-iron, too.
Ichiro Suzuki is back in spring training with the Seattle Mariners at age 45. He insists his focus is on each day and not the season-opening series in Japan that would offer him an opportunity to play MLB games in his home country. The Mariners expect him to be part of their expanded 28-man roster for those two games if he’s healthy. The former MVP says he’s very satisfied with how things went during the first full-squad workout.
Every day for several years, Felix Hernandez has walked past large photos of himself and Randy Johnson – the Seattle Mariners’ only Cy Young Award winners – in the hallway leading to the clubhouse of their spring training complex.
If nothing else, the Seattle Mariners’ early arrival for spring training will give them a little more meet-and-greet time.
With Mariners pitchers and catchers scheduled to report Monday in Peoria, Ariz., here are five things to watch this spring.
Major League Baseball says its independent investigation found no credible evidence to support claims of disparaging comments and discriminatory treatment by members of the Seattle Mariners front office. MLB released a statement saying the investigation found the Mariners did not violate baseball’s “workplace code of conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law,” in the treatment of Lorena Martin or in her termination by the club.
Edgar Martinez finally got to celebrate his Hall of Fame election in the place he called home for his entire career. Martinez spent last week being honored on the East Coast with a whirlwind of commitments. The Mariners couldn’t wait to revel with Martinez in the Pacific Northwest. Martinez was back in Seattle on Tuesday, walking into T-Mobile Park on a red carpet to be feted by the only franchise he ever played for.