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January 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Mariners notes: Cano’s winter league season ends, new lights, new alternate uniforms

The sun is out in the Puget Sound!!! Sorry about the lack of posts the last few days. I’m helping out with Seahawks coverage because, well, I do what I’m told. But I’m not going to completely ignore the Mariners for obvious reasons.

We are basically a month away from Mariners’ pitchers and catchers reporting to Peoria — Countdown clock

Let’s get to it

First, a  few housekeeping items …

  • There will be a presale for opening day tickets at 10 a.m.  …. here’s the info. Still pretty excited to not start the season on the road for once.
  • Thursday is the annual pre-spring training luncheon. So we will speak with Jack Zduriencik, Lloyd McClendon, Jeff Kingston, Chris Gwynn, Rick Griffin and J.A. Happ. So some news will come out of that.
  • A reminder that Fanfest starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday at Safeco Field.


Robinson Cano’s brief stint in the Dominican Winter League came to an end on Monday night after five games. His team Estrellas De Orientales lost 4-0.  Cano went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch. In the five games as the Stars’ DH, he hit .500 (9-for-18) with a triple, two doubles,  three runs scored and five RBIs. His team still has more games left to play in the nine-game championship, but Cano is done.

Here’s some google translated comments from the story on website, which is in Spanish,  from Cano about his experience.

“Playing a final with Star’s something I’ve always dreamed of. I played in the World Series, I played the Classic (World), are things that you do so at heart, but to play in front of your people, people who saw you grow, people with old classmates, family, grandfather grandmother, everyone, and see how they jump with excitement, as celebrated in the stands is something inexplicable, “Cano said before the second game of the finals at the Julian Javier Stadium journalists. 

Cano didn’t get hurt which is a good thing for the Mariners. He also got some game swings in as well. Manager Lloyd McClendon mentioned this offseason that he hoped Cano would come in a little more trim – perhaps 10 pounds less than last season – to take some pressure off his legs.


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So Jerry Crasnick had this tweet. It’s not surprising. The Mariners like Endy Chavez and Chavez likes the Mariners. Lloyd McClendon trusts him and Chavez was serviceable and at times effective when used properly. If Seattle does bring him back, it will be under a minor league contract with an invite to spring training – like last season. It would be a move for outfield depth and insurance in case Dustin Ackley or any other outfielder were to struggle to get hurt.


Fernando Rodney is hanging out in South Korea. He visited a South Korea Little League team that adopted his arrow shooting celebration during the Little League World Series. On Monday, he was at a U.S. Army Base.

From the @Mariners twitter feed

From the @Mariners twitter feed


There are lots of people who really get into uniforms, specifically baseball uniforms. The Mariners have had a cavalcade of uniforms over  the years. On Friday, they will add another to their current collection – a Sunday home alternate uniform.

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I’m not sure the exact details of what the uniform. Some fans are hoping for throwback uniforms to the royal blue and gold. But I did hear talk of a cream colored uniform last season. So that may be a possibility. And, no, they are not getting rid of the teal or “Northwest Green” tops.

The announcement will be on Friday morning at 10 a.m. at an unveiling at Safeco Field for media and season ticket holders.


The Mariners have installed LED stadium lights to illuminate the field. They are the first MLB team to do this.

From the release …. 

The Mariners partnered with Planled to replace outdated metal halide fixtures at Safeco Field with state-of-the-art GigaTera LED fixtures from KMW Inc. The conversion was completed this month and will be unveiled to the public at the 17th Annual Seattle Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field on January 24 & 25.

LED (light emitting diode) fixtures focus multiple narrow beams of light. They produce brighter, more uniform light, which significantly reduces glare and shadows on the field and creates a better atmosphere for players and fans watching the game at the ballpark.

For fans watching on HDTV, LED lights provide better color rendering by more evenly distributing light across the spectrum. There is also no flicker, which is necessary for the super-slow-motion technology now in use during game telecasts.

Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, said: “Thus far, our experience has indicated that the Mariners new LED technology at Safeco Field will be better for our players, fans in the ballpark and viewers watching at home. We applaud the Mariners for an innovative step that promises to improve efficiency and the fan experience in numerous ways, all while serving as a welcome addition to our overall greening efforts.”

In addition to the improved experience for players and fans, LED fixtures are more efficient and have a longer lifespan than metal halide lamps. Safeco Field’s LED conversion will reduce energy consumption for field lighting by 60-70 percent. In addition to energy efficiency, the LED lamps last over 100,000 hours, or more than 30 years. Metal halide lamps must be changed every 3,000 hours or so. And unlike metal halide lights, which need a 20 minute warm-up, LED lights respond instantly when switched on.

“The benefits of converting to LED lighting are across the board from the play on the field to supporting the Mariners long-established sustainability goals,” said Joe Myhra, Seattle Mariners Vice President Ballpark Operations. “The GigaTera fixtures represent the latest in LED technology. This project was the result of the work of many partners, including Planled and KMW, working together on this new approach to sports lighting.”

NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which is hosting the 2015 Super Bowl on February 1, and Staples Center in Los Angeles are among the professional sports facilities in the U.S. that have converted to LED lighting.

Safeco Field LED Light Facts

  • 579 metal halide lights were replaced with 578 GigaTera SUFA LED fixtures.
  •  The metal halide lights ranged from 1,000-2,000 watts.
  • The LED fixtures use only 800 watts.
  • The LED lights are 20-30 percent brighter while using 60 percent fewer watts than metal halide lights.
  • The more efficient LED lights will reduce power usage by 784,000 kWh each season, saving more than $50,000 in energy costs alone.
  • Because LED lights last longer, there are also savings in maintenance costs over the life of the fixtures.
  •  Sun light registers 100 on the Color Rendering Index. Metal halide fixtures register 63, and LED lights are at 81, making for dramatic improvements in visibility for players on the field, fans in the stands and those watching at home on TV.
  • The GigaTera system is the first in MLB to offer ultra-slow motion replay without any flicker.
  • The GigaTera SUFA fixtures are manufactured by KMW, Inc., and have met all safety, energy efficiency and MLB lighting requirements.
  • Before the final installation, the Seattle Mariners went through two years of planning for the conversion.
  • The Safeco Field LED lighting system has been audited by Major League Baseball and meets or exceeds all lighting requirements.
  • The Safeco Field LED lighting project is supported by the Green Sports Alliance, Human Centric Lighting Society and Lighting Design Lab.



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