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Mar 25, 2013
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik says he's very happy with what he's seen with the offense so far in spring training. He's says he's not surprised that Brandon Maurer has forced himself into potentially making the starting rotation. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez says they have a special team this year with a great mix of veterans and young players and thinks they will "surprise people" this year. Mariners director of player development Chris Gwynn talks about some of the lower level minor league players that he expects to see be eventual contributors to the big league club. Former Mariners catcher and current broadcaster Dan Wilson talks about some of the catchers in the minor leagues specifically Mike Zunino and John Hicks and what to expect from them at the big league level. Mariners senior director of marketing Gregg Greene talks about the changes to Safeco Field and the open house where the team will show the season opener on the huge video screen at the ballpark.
Mar 25, 2013
Shannon Drayer talks about who she thinks will make the Mariners starting rotation. Also does Endy Chavez spell the end of Casper Wells in Seattle? M's skipper Eric Wedge talks about the last few decisions he has to make for the starting rotation, bullpen and OF. He plans to have the roster set before heading to Salt Lake City for a Saturday exhibition game. Mariners OF Jason Bay says he's glad to have success early in the spring to show he's completely healthy after back to back disappointing season in New York. M's shortstop Brendan Ryan says he's worked extensively with Dave Hansen to rework his swing to where it's easily repeatable after his disastrous year at the plate in 2012. Jim Caple of ESPN.com talks about some Mariners prospects rising through the system. He thinks catcher Mike Zunino will be up with the big club before the end of June.
Mar 18, 2013
Mariners first base coach Mike Brumley talked about how the team is coming together with the addition of veterans mixed with the young players. M's pitcher Charlie Furbush talks about the bullpen coming together with the kids who throw hard and how hard it is to get into a rhythm in early spring. Mariners IF prospect Brad Miller talks about trying to get acclimated to 3rd base after being drafted as a shortstop. Top-rated M's IF prospect Nick Franklin talks about his biggest goal this spring is staying healthy. He also talks about adjusting from AA to AAA. Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner talks about his role mentoring young Mariners players and interacting with manager Eric Wedge. He thinks the talent on this team can take them far.
Mar 18, 2013
Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley talks about his adjustment from last spring to this one and possibly shifting to lower in the batting order. Mariners OF Michael Saunders talks about his experience in the World Baseball Classic and what clicked for him last season. Mariners 3B Kyle Seager talks about completing his first full season and what he's changed since making his debut in 2011. Mike Blowers joins the crew for a roundtable segment on what the younger players can learn from the newly acquired veterans.
Mar 11, 2013
Mariners pitching prospect Andrew Carraway talks about his experience in his first big league camp and bouncing back after a tough first inning yesterday. M's catching prospect John Hicks talks about his first time in the major league camp, about last year's stacked AA squad and growing up playing baseball with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about his experience in Peoria so far and his impression of the young kids trying to make the club. Rick sits down one on one with Ken Griffey Jr. He talks about his new role with the team and his future induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Mar 11, 2013
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik talks about the spring being a positive experience with the young players feeding off the veterans and "vice versa". Former Mariners 1B Alvin Davis talks about his new role with the club and who he's been working with so far. He also goes over from stories from his playing days. Mariner pitcher Lucas Luetge talks about the difference between this year's camp and last year (where he said he was hiding in the corner).
Mar 4, 2013
Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor talks about his journey from AA to the majors last year and how he got the news from his AAA manager. Mariners 2012 first round draft pick, catcher Mike Zunino talks about his whirlwind 2012 season from college to AA and what his first spring training has been like. Seattle Times reporter Larry Stone gives his rundown of the early spring Mariners and how this power shouldn't be a fluke. Dave Fanucci who wrote a book about the 2000 gold medal USA Olympic baseball team and 4 players who were in the Mariners system at the time. He talks about how this team was able to beat Cuba, a team that actually beat the Baltimore Orioles in a 2000 exhibition game.
Mar 4, 2013
Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis joins the show to talk about the early going of spring for the pitchers, including Felix getting his first start on Thursday. He gives an evaluation on what the young pitchers have done so far. Mariners outfielder Casper Wells talks about his hot start this spring and his approach to being a consistent hitter. Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen joins the show to talk about how he treats the closer role as opposed to guarding a 7th inning lead.
Feb 25, 2013
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer, and Aaron Goldsmith host live from the Salty Seniorita in Peoria, AZ. Mariners skipper Eric Wedge gives his impressions of the spring so far and who has impressed him the most in the team's brief time in Arizona. Starting rotation candidate Blake Beavan talks about his adjustment from AAA to the big leagues and how he plans to stick in the M's rotation. Former and now current Mariner Michael Morse talks about his battle back from injury playing in Washington and his desire to play for the Mariners again.
Feb 25, 2013
Rick, Shannon and Aaron talk to pitcher Brandon Maurer, who talks about his jump in the minors to where he is close to big league ready. Taijuan Walker talks about his journey to baseball and his strong season in Double-A Jackson. Pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and James Paxton talk about their seasons, where Ramirez got to Seattle and Paxton jumped to Tacoma. Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns talks about the new-look Mariners and says this team does look better and could surprise a lot of people. Third-time Mariner OF/DH Raul Ibanez talks about his memories of playing here and his role on this year's team.
Feb 19, 2013
Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen talks about his struggles after getting promoted to Tacoma last year. His goal is to make the team out of spring. Rob Neyer of SB Nation breaks down why Smoak is starting at first and if the fences moving in can help his confidence. We replay an interview Shannon did after Felix signed his new contract.
Feb 19, 2013
Matt and Shannon remember Dave Niehaus as today was his birthday. M's pitcher Carter Capps talks about his first big league season and the rookie hazing he endured. Rick Rizzs joins the show sharing his Niehaus memories and had a story about a broken windshield thanks to Carlos Peguero. M's outfielder Eric Thames talks about the support and balance in the Mariners clubhouse and doing what he can to claim a roster spot.
Feb 12, 2013
Matt and Shannon go over Jack Z's comments and talk about famed baseball statistician Bill James who says the Mariners should be the biggest surprise team in baseball. Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan talks about how happy he is for Felix getting a new lucrative contract and how great a person he is off the field too. He says he was fortunate to leave near a clinic where he could easily rehab his shoulder. He says he was disappointed he didn't win the Gold Glove, but he expects to have just as good a year defensively this season. We give you an encore presentation of the Jack Zduriencik interview.
Feb 12, 2013
Hosts Matt Pitman and Shannon Drayer talk about the big news of the day, Felix Hernandez signing a new 7-year deal with the Mariners. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik comes on to talk about the new Felix Hernandez contract, which can make him a Mariner through 2019. He talks about the effect this can have on the rest of players around baseball on how they perceive Seattle. Director of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Jeff Idelson talks about why no players were elected to the Hall this year and says he expects a huge induction class next year. Mariners bench coach Robby Thompson talks about last year being a vital year for the young players and how they have made adjustments. Matt and Shannon go over who would be on the Mariners Mount Rushmore.
Feb 5, 2013
Matt, Shannon and Rick talk about who can benefit most from the fences being moved in. Oakland Athletics broadcaster Vince Cottroneo talks about the recent trade between the A's and Astros and the unexpected run to the AL West title in 2012. Former Mariners beat writer Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about moving on from the Mariners beat and into local news. He talks about some of his favorite baseball memories and his book Major League Encounters. Matt, Shannon and Rick bring in Mariners radio engineer Kevin Cremin who talks about Mariners TV engineer Mark Englebrecht getting a hole in one the other day. They also remember Griffey stories.
Feb 5, 2013
Matt, Shannon and Rick discuss Mike Zunino's chance of making the club out of Spring Training. Mike Zunino joins the show and talks about his plan on making the team and tempering expectations for making the club out of spring. Ken Griffey Jr calls in to talk about his upcoming induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame and what moving the fences in could mean for the hitters. Shawn Kelley talks about coming back from injury last season and how the new dimensions at Safeco could effect him. New Mariners hitting coach Dave Hansen talks about working with the hitters, specifically Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak.
Jan 29, 2013
Matt, Rick and Shannon talk to former Mariners beat writer Jim Street who has a new book out. He talks about covering late Raiders owner Al Davis, his least favorite person to cover. Former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston talks about making the team in 1984 and his newest endeavor, full-time Angels radio broadcaster. Rick talked to former Mariners manager Lou Piniella who was in town as the keynote speaker for the Fred Hutchinson Award show. He talked a lot about the glory days of the Mariners in the 90s and what the clubhouse was like.
Jan 29, 2013
Matt, Rick and Shannon talk about a new edition to the Mariners, catcher Kelly Shoppach just signed today. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN talks about the state of the Mariners compared to the rest of the division, saying they do have a lot of young talent. Also, he addresses the newest PED allegations surrounding Alex Rodriguez. He can't quit Seattle! New Marinera outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez talks about the playoff run with the Yankees last season, raves about new M's hitting coach Dave Hansen and his wife having a child at the same time the Yankees were in the playoffs.
Jan 26, 2013
In this Special FanFest edition of the Hot Stove League Shannon Drayer, Rick Rizzs, and Aaron Goldsmith talk to Mariners Players Casper Wells, James Paxton, Nick Franklin, Blake Bevan, Manager Eric Wedge and GM Jack Zduriencik.
Jan 22, 2013
Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel joins the show to talk about the Rangers tumble at the end of the season. He also takes a look at the newest AL West member, the Houston Astros. With Fanfest coming up this weekend, Many Lincoln joins the show to talk about the fun events this year, including the zipline. The crew give Aaron pointers on what to experience in his transition to Seattle. He's open to Twitter suggestions @aaronmgoldsmith.
Jan 22, 2013
Shannon and Rick chat with USA Today and Baseball Weekly writer Paul White about his memories of Ken Griffey Jr. as it was announced he'll be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. The newest member of the Mariners broadcast team Aaron Goldsmith joins the show and talks about his journey from AAA Pawtucket to Seattle. Newly acquired Mariner outfielder Mike Morse talks about his quirky walkup music "Take on Me" and getting traded back to Seattle.
Jan 15, 2013
Matt, Rick and Shannon chat with Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis about the competition for the starting rotation and how the World Baseball Classic could interfere with spring training. Mariners outfielder Casper Wells joins the show and talks about his offseason and the new dimensions at Safeco Field. Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush reminisces about the combined no-hitter he was apart of and his expectations of the 2013 season.
Jan 15, 2013
Matt, Shannon and Rick talk to Greg Johns of Mariners.com about the offseason moves and what he expects to see to round things out on the roster and the big trade Justin Upton that he rejected. Mariners analyst Mike Blowers talks about his trip on the Mariners caravan to eastern Washington and Idaho and also takes a look at the roster heading into spring. Kevin Martinez VP of the Mariners marketing department talks all about all the field changes this offseason and the upcoming Fanfest. One word: ZIPLINE!
Jan 8, 2013
Rick Rizzs, Matt Pitman and Shannon Drayer talk Mariners baseball on the Hot Stove League. In this hour they're joined by M's reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and third baseman Kyle Seager.
Jan 8, 2013
The Hot Stove League continues with Rick Rizzs, Matt Pitman, and Shannon Drayer. Seattle Times baseball writer Larry Stone and M's broadcaster Dave Sims join the show.
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