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August 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

A few morning Mariners links, notes and video — Robinson Cano to represent MLB in Japan

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A quick piece of travel advice – always double check AM and PM when you are hurriedly booking a flight or you’ll end up with a 10:45 p.m. flight.

Sorry about posting the wrong postgame video yesterday. Here’s the correct postgame video (above), though McClendon doesn’t say a whole lot in it.

While McClendon didn’t seem to upset following the loss, first baseman/designated hitter/sometime outfielder Logan Morrison was a little more critical of his team’s showing. From the game story ….

The season is winding down, and the Mariners are playing for the postseason. Yes, every game counts on the schedule, but the meaning of the final 36 games has escalated. The 126th game of the season was a loss and it should have been a win.

“It still hurts and it still sucks,” Morrison said. “We needed this game just like we need every game. When the opportunity is there, you have to take advantage of it. And we didn’t do that today.”

Instead, the Mariners dropped two of three to a Phillies team that is going nowhere slowly at 56-71 with the destination being 90-plus losses. It’s a team Seattle should beat two out of three games, not lose two out of three.

“We know where we are at in the race,” Morrison said. “Good teams don’t do that. Playoff teams don’t do that. We have to come out and be better. We have been, and we will.”

Here’s the notebook which talked with Mike Zunino about getting hit by pitches.

Here’s the wildcard standings …

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Playoff tickets

It may seem a little or a lot premature, but the Mariners have become offering tickets for  potential postseason games at Safeco Field. To be fair, it does take time to get all the tickets printed and all the other details worked out. Of course, if you look at the press release below. This is a way to generate season ticket sales for 2015. Regardless, here’s the info for those involved.

In preparation for the possibility of the Mariners making their first trip to the postseason since 2001, Major League Baseball has granted permission to begin offering tickets to potential postseason games at Safeco Field. Mariners season ticket holders have priority access to this initial offer, and have the opportunity to purchase full or partial strips of tickets, depending on their plan. In addition, fans who make a deposit for new 2015 season tickets will also receive priority to purchase 2014 postseason tickets.

Current Mariners season ticketholders have been notified about how they can secure their tickets for potential postseason games including a Wild Card Game, Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series. A potential tie-breaker game is not included in postseason strips. 

Fans can make a non-refundable $500 deposit toward new 2015 Full Season, Half-Season, Business or Weekend Plans, which will qualify them for the opportunity to purchase a full strip of postseason tickets. A non-refundable $250 deposit for new 16 Game Plans will provide the opportunity to purchase a partial strip of postseason tickets. All deposits will be applied to the cost of new 2015 Mariners Season Tickets. Deadline for new deposits to qualify for this priority offer is Monday, September 22. More information is available at, or by calling 206-346-4001.

The Mariners will make an announcement at a later date about the sale of single-game tickets to potential postseason home games.



Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig, Adam Jones and Albert Pujols will represent MLB in Japan in November. They will head a group of MLB players that will play a five-game series against the Japanese National Team, which is named “Samurai Japan” (awesome name)  in what is being called “All-Star Series 2014″ (not as cool of a name). Rangers manager Ron Washington will manage the team.

The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908.  The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars.  MLB’s 2006 roster – which included All-Stars such as Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Howard, John Lackey, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Chase Utley – went 5-0 in the All-Star Series.

All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome).  Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Maybe I can get the Times to send me on this trip.


*** Here’s the latest updates on free agent Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. He had a private workout with the Mariners this week. This was a workout that was scheduled for a few weeks ago and rescheduled. Not sure if that puts them in the forefront. A source said they expect Castillo to make a decision in the next few days. A playoff team would want to put him on the 25-man roster before Sept.1.  There are reports he could command a 5-year, $60 million contract. That might push the Mariners out of the bidding. Seattle can afford it, but I expect them to use a fair amount of money to sign 1B/DH in the offseason and possibly a right fielder.

*** It looks like the Angels will be without Garrett Richards for the rest of the season. The young pitcher, who is in the midst of a breakout season,  suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee surgery last night.

*** Interesting blog from Peter Gammons on the struggles of top prospects

*** Chris Taylor and I were both on the Buster Olney podcast yesterday at different times.

*** Podcast of my hit with Dave Mahler

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