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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.
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