Robinson Cano played his first game with Estrellas De Orientales last night in the Dominican Republic. It was a home game in his hometown and it was basically sold out. He went 1-for-4 with a RBI groundout and two-run double. You can follow the team’s twitter page here.
Here’s some video of his double
Cano is scheduled to play the remaining four games and any postseason games. They are scheduled to play again tonight.
Talked with Chris Gwynn last night about the minor league staffing stuff for Baseball America.
Much to the delight of Chris Gwynn, Seattle’s director of player development, there is little change from 2014.
The Mariners retained the majority of their minor league managers and coaches from the year before, maintaining continuity within the organization.
“The message doesn’t get muddled,” Gwynn said. “Having the same guys – they’ve heard it all before and understand what is expected. You know they’re going to do what’s best for the players and the organization.”
Of the managers at their affiliates, only Pat Listach – the new manager of Class AAA Tacoma – wasn’t in the organization last season.
Listach, who was first base coach for the Astros last season, replaces Roy Howell.
“I think Pat is going to be big for us because of his experience at Triple A and at the big league level,” Gwynn said. “He knows what it takes and is expected. It helps bridge the gap.”
The other change from a managerial standpoint comes at Class A Everett, where Rob Mummau, who managed the Aqua Sox in 2012 and 2013, returns to take the place of Dave Valle, who managed Everett for just one season.
Valle, a former Mariners catcher, talked with the team about their then-managerial opening before the 2014 season. In hopes of gaining some experience, he managed the Aqua Sox last season. But Gwynn said that Valle’s commitments as an analyst for MLB Network and the Mariners’ broadcasts were just too much to go with managing.
“Time constraints,” Gwynn said. “He’s got a lot of stuff on his plate. It’s quite a commitment and he has so much stuff going on. But I have no doubt he’d be good at this if he wanted to do it full time.”
Mummau managed the Mariners’ affiliate in Pulaski last season. But the team chose not to have a team in the Appalachian League this season.
“It’s hard for me to say, it really wasn’t my decision,” Gwynn said of ending the affiliation. “But we can make it work. We have to make it work.”
Players will now be going vie for spots at Low-A Clinton, Everett and the Arizona Rookie League team.
“There will probably be some intense battles in spring training for those spots,” Gwynn said.
The Mariners announced their 2015 home game promotions. Yes, there are bobbleheads – six of them to be exact, including this one.
Here’s the list from the Mariners …
There are six bobblehead giveaways on the 2015 schedule, including Felix Hernandez in crown and royal robe, and Fernando Rodney launching an imaginary arrow as he notches another save. (First 20,000 fans.)
- Felix Hernandez (April 18, vs. Texas Rangers)
- Fernando Rodney (May 9, vs. Oakland Athletics)
- Kyle Seager (June 2, vs. New York Yankees)
- Nelson Cruz (July 11, vs. Los Angeles Angels)
- Jamie Moyer Hall of Fame (August 8, vs, Texas Rangers)
- Robinson Cano (August 22, vs. Chicago White Sox)
The popular postgame fireworks have been expanded to four nights this season. Themes will include a salute to the 90s and a ballpark-wide sing along.
- May 29, vs. Cleveland Indians (I Love the 90s)
- June 19, vs. Houston Astros (Star Wars)
- July 24, vs. Toronto (Sing Along)
- August 21, vs. Chicago White Sox (Songs of the Summer)
Kuma Bear Hats
There are five hat giveaways on the calendar including the third annual Beard Hat Night (first 20,000 fans, April 17, vs. Texas Rangers), the return of the popular Mariners fedora (first 20,000 fans, May 15, vs. Boston Red Sox), a tribute to the Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads (first 20,000 fans, May 16, vs. Boston Red Sox), a Mother’s Day sunhat (first 10,000 moms, May 10, vs. Oakland Athletics), and the Hisashi Iwakuma “Bear” Hat (first 20,000 fans, April 25, vs. Minnesota Twins).
The Mariners Express train adds another car this season with the Dustin Ackley “Ack Attack” car (first 20,000 fans, June 6, vs. Tampa Bay Rays) and Bark at the Park returns on July 9 (vs. Los Angeles Angels) with special ticket prices for our four-legged fans and their best friends.
Guys & Girls
There are special ticket prices available for two Guys Nights (April 24, vs. Minnesota Twins; July 10, vs. Los Angeles Angels); two Girls Nights (May 8, vs. Oakland Athletics; August 7, vs. Texas Rangers); and four College Nights (April 17, vs. Texas Rangers; May 15, vs. Boston Red Sox; June 5, vs. Tampa Bay Rays; September 12, vs. Colorado Rockies).
Just for Kids
There are two Salute to Kids Days (April 26 vs. Minnesota Twins and August 23 vs. Chicago White Sox); four Little League Days (May 10, vs. Oakland Athletics; May 17, vs. Boston Red Sox; May 31, vs. Cleveland Indians; June 7, vs. Tampa Bay Rays) and One Youth Baseball Day (June 21, vs. Houston Astros). Nelson Cruz Bat Night is May 30, vs. Cleveland Indians; Kids Appreciation Day closes out the season on October 4 vs. Oakland Athletics.
There are numerous opportunities for savings at Safeco Field this season with Family Pack Nights, Family Nights, Senior Sundays, Military specials, and King’s Court for Felix Hernandez starts.
A full list of ticket specials and promotions are available at mariners.com/tickets.
Opening Day Tickets Pre-Sale
Tickets for Mariners Opening Day on April 6, against the Los Angeles Angels, will be available during a special pre-sale leading up to and during FanFest. There is a limit of eight tickets per account.
Mariners season ticket holders — 12 pm, Thursday, January, 22 (online only)
Mariners Mail subscribers, Mariners social media followers, Ticketmaster subscribers — 12pm, Friday, January 23 (online only)
All fans – 10am, Saturday, January 24 until 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 26. (Safeco Field box office, Mariners Team Stores and mariners.com/tickets)