Yes, Robinson Cano is in the building. He was here bright and early, accompanied by his cousin and locker neighbor Burt Reynolds. He was in the clubhouse long enough to talk with Felix Hernandez, his former Yankees teammate Hector Noesi and WBC teammate Fernando Rodney. Everyone was all smiles. He then exited for early batting cage work. He’s a cage rat, who likes to put in hours in there.
There are plenty of media outlets here early. That number will likely grow as the day goes on.
The schedule for the first workout is this …
- 9:30 — Team Meeting On Field #1
- 10:00 — Stretch
- 10:30-11 — Position Players skills work (time approx.)
- 11-11:30 — Team Fundamental (bunt coverages)
- 11:30-12:20 –batting practice
- 12:30 — baserunning / conditioning
There will be 68 players on the field today, which is a lot. Rainiers manager Rich Donnelly is running camp.
“Rich hasn’t slept in about three days trying to get this program ready,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He does a great job. I told him it doesn’t have to be perfect but it damn well better be. He does a hell of a job for us. It’s a big camp, but it’s workable.”
The Mariners are hosting a mini-camp for rookies. DJ Peterson, Victor Sanchez are among those participating. Here’s the roster for that.
From today’s paper …. here’s my story on Taijuan Walker and James Paxton handling the expectations of making the starting rotation. And here’s my notebook leading with Cano’s debut today, the comments from his former hitting coach Kevin Long and there’s also some stuff from Felix Hernandez.
Columnist Kevin Kernan of the New York Post is here Peoria and filed this column on player reaction to Cano.
One of my favorite baseball writers – Tim Brown of Yahoo – wrote this column on a player who might be more important to the Mariners than Robinson Cano.
Scott Baker, Joe Beimel, Blake Beavan, Erasmo Ramirez
Andrew Carraway, Anthony Fernandez, Nick Hill, Lucas Luetge, Matt Palmer, Tom Wilhelmsen
James Gilheeney, Logan Kensing, Dominic Leone, Chance Ruffin