The Mariners announced their annual lineup for FanFest, which will be held on Jan. 25-26 at Safeco Field. The headliner will be second baseman Robinson Cano, who will be there for the two day event along with manager Lloyd McClendon.
Other players scheduled to participate:
- Michael Saunders
- Mike Zunino
- James Paxton
- Taijuan Walker
- Brad Miller
- Logan Morrison
- Corey Hart
- Tom Wilhelmsen
The Mariners also invited prospects Stefen Romero, Chris Taylor, Carson Smith and D.J. Peterson.
If you’ve never been to a FanFest, it’s great for kids. They get to do quite a bit of stuff. FanFest tickets are on sale now at mariners.com and at Mariners Team Stores. All kids 14 and younger can attend for free. Adults are $10. FanFest hours each day are from 11am-4pm. Parking will be available at the Safeco Field garage for $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets for FanFest will also be available in person at the Safeco Field ticket windows on event days.
Some of the things that are featured:
- Dugout Dialogue with Mariner players, coaches and Front Office personnel (streamed live on mariners.com)
- Get autographs
- Run the bases
- Tour the Mariners Clubhouse
- Ride the Safeco Field Zip Line (Due to popular demand, a second Zip Line has been added!)
- Throw a pitch in the bullpen
- Play carnival games in the Kids Fun Zone
- Hit against a simulated Felix Hernandez fastball in the visitor clubhouse batting cage
- Tools of the Trade – swing an actual bat and try on game-used batting gloves
For planning purposes: The Mariners will also be having pre-sale for tickets for the home opener during FanFest.
The Mariners have three players that are arbitration eligible – Justin Smoak, Logan Morrison and Michael Saunders. Expect all three to file for arbitration on Tuesday, which is the first day players are eligible to do so. This is a procedural move for them. The Mariners are in the process of figuring out a logical salary, which will avoid arbitration. On Friday, numbers can be exchanged by both parties. I highly doubt that the Mariners will go to arbitration with any of the three players.
The Mariners will announce their non-roster invitees to spring training also on Tuesday. We’ll also find out the minor league staffing on Wednesday. So there will be some small news coming out. Obviously, it’s not the news everyone is expecting to hear.
The Masahiro Tanaka drama will continue to grow in the next week. There were reports out of Japan that Tanaka had narrowed his choices down to three teams – the Dodgers, White Sox and Yankees. But I would think that might be a little premature.
Still, it seems like the Dodgers and Yankees are willing to play exorbitant sums to get Tanaka. It would probably price the Mariners out of the negotiations. And if the pricetag is above $100 million over five years, the Mariners should probably walk away and invest in Matt Garza or Ubaldo Jimenez. The deadline for him to sign is on Jan. 24.
Jerry Crasnick had this tweet, no it wasn’t for comedic purposes:
I’m pretty certain the Mariners aren’t interested.
The stuff on Tony Bosch and Biogenesis was on 60 Minutes last night, including Bosch telling the show he personally injected A-Rod. You can watch it here. In the least surprising news of the year, Rodriguez has decided to sue MLB and the players’ union. There are reports that he is spending $1 million a month in legal fees.
Former Mariners prospect and current Japanese home run king Wlad Balentien was arrested at the home of his soon-to-be-ex-wife in Florida on domestic abuse charges.