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Dec 11, 2015
New Mariners manager Scott Servais talks a bit about how he got tabbed to be the manager, his managerial style and what he envisions the lineup might look like. He talks about his relationship with Jerry Dipoto and about players he has visited and worked with this offseason. Rob Neyer of FOXSports.com talks about the moves Jerry Dipoto made and what happened last year to the Mariners who many picked to win it all. He also talks about how the Royals were able to build championship club.
Dec 11, 2015
The inaugural show of the off-season live from the Mariners Team Store at South Center Mall. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto joins hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers all hour long. He talks about the lineup additions, specifically Adam Lind, and what he hopes to get from the starting rotation. He says the team is much closer to how he envisioned it being much quicker than he anticipated.
Apr 1, 2015
It's the final edition of the Cactus League Report for 2015. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik stops by to give a team status report heading into the regular season and talks about trading Erasmo Ramirez to the Rays for LHP Mike Montgomery. We listen to an encore presentation of the Nelson Cruz interview from last week. Also Logan Morrison and Dominic Leone stop by to talk about being ready for the regular season and end by speaking in Boston accents.
Mar 25, 2015
Live from the ballpark in Peoria. Aaron Goldsmith talks to new Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz about growing up in the Dominican and being involved in playoff series. Rick Rizzs talks to Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano about what he expects from the Mariners with the new additions to the roster. Shannon Drayer talks to Felix Hernandez who gives his expectations of the team and his offseason vacation around eastern Europe.
Mar 18, 2015
The Cactus League Report live from the Salty Seniorita in Peoria, AZ. Hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer talk about not counting out Erasmo Ramirez from the starting rotation as he is out of options and having a good spring. Outfielder James Jones and pitcher Tyler Olson talk about their push to make the team and some adjustments they've made this spring. Jim Caple of ESPN joins the show to give a national perspective on the Mariners and how he got started as a writer.
Mar 11, 2015
It's the "Cactus League Report" live from the Salty Seniorita in Peoria. Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about being encouraged by Danny Hultzen's first outing in over a year. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his first season in the league and battling adversity at the plate. Mariners starting shortstop candidate Brad Miller talks about battling his early season slump last season and becoming 'battle tested'. Mariners IF/OF prospect Patrick Kivelehan talks about his conversion from playing college football into baseball and his track through the minors.
Mar 4, 2015
It's the first 2015 edition of the Cactus League Report live from Peoria, Arizona. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon who talks about today's win, the reemergence of Jesus Montero and a bit on the shortstop competition maybe being a 3-person race. Mariners 3rd baseman Kyle Seager talks about getting back into the swing of things and a little heckling from his younger brother. Pitchers Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush talk about their starring roles in a new Mariners commercial and the communication they have between McClendon. Plus Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes on to talk about the state of the team and compares them to other AL West foes.
Feb 24, 2015
Rick, Aaron and Dave talk to Shannon Drayer who is down in Peoria taking a look at how the bullpen might shake out with Joe Saunders now in the fold. Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke talks about his first year with the Mariners last year and how he is glad the Mariners no longer play on AstroTurf. Also MLB Senior Vice President Chris Marinak talks about the pace of play and replay rules that are being implemented this season.
Feb 24, 2015
Hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Dave Valle talk to NY Times writer Tyler Kepner about the pace of play rules and A-Rod's return to the Yankees. He also says the Mariners should be a favorite in the AL West. Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor talks about his offseason and what he expects in the battle for starting SS.
Feb 17, 2015
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners 1st base and infielder's coach Chris Woodward who gives his thoughts on the shortstop battle. Mariners trainer (since 1983) Rick Griffin joins the show and talks about his first training experience with the rodeo and how his first game with Seattle, was actually the first Major League game he'd ever been to.
Feb 17, 2015
Hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports about the national outlook on the Mariners as a legitimate playoff contender. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his offseason and working on hitting the other way. We listen to another national baseball voice in ESPN's Jayson Stark who says a GM predicts the Mariners in the World Series.
Feb 10, 2015
Rick, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney who gives us a look at upcoming promotions. Plus a two segment interview with Rob Neyer of SB Nation who gives us a look at the Mariners and the rest of the AL West. Plus they look at possible solutions to speed up pace of games.
Feb 10, 2015
Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about moving day as the trucks head to Arizona. Mariners 3rd base coach Rich Donnelly talks about his offseason in Ohio and looking forward to getting back on the field again. Mariners shortstop Brad Miller talks about his offseason and reminisces about his big day in Kansas City last season.
Feb 3, 2015
Aaron, Shannon and Bill talk to Chris Calcaterra with the Peoria Sports Complex who talks about all the improvements made this year. Texas Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel joins the show and talks about originally wanting to be a hockey broadcaster. he also talks about the upcoming season for the Rangers after the disaster in 2014. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about what he expects to see from the Mariners in 2015.
Feb 3, 2015
Hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger talk to Mariners hitting coach Howard Johnson who talks about the hard work Dustin Ackley has put in and the team's belief that he will reach the expectations put upon him. Also Mariners minor leaguer DJ Peterson joins the show and talks about his first year as a professional.
Jan 27, 2015
Rick, Shannon and Dave talk to Mariners Director of Public Information Rebecca Hale who talks about the new LED lights and new alternate uniforms. Former Mariners pitcher and current Angels broadcaster Mark Langston talks about the Angels and how they stack up with the Mariners, saying the AL West is the best division in baseball. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times joins the show to talk about the pace of play and how batters stepping out of the batter's box wasn't tolerated over 20 years ago. They also go into new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred's comment on trying to limit defensive shifts.
Jan 27, 2015
Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Dave Valle talk to Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn who gives us an update on the progress of Alex Jackson, Patrick Kivlehan and Danny Hultzen. Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker talks about last season and now knowing he has the ability to pitch during the stretch run. He also talks about the many shoes he has.
Jan 24, 2015
Mariners Fan Fest is where the Hot Stove League is broadcasting from today! In this hour, Rick, Aaron, and Shannon are joined by lefties, James Paxton and Charlie Furbush. Also, Center Fielder, Austin Jackson stops by the show. The guys close out Saturday's show hearing from the man in charge, skipper Lloyd McClendon!
Jan 24, 2015
The Hot Stove is live from Safeco Field for Mariners Fan Fest! In this hour, Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, and Shannon Drayer are joined by The Boomstick himself, Nelson Cruz. Also, top M's prospects Alex Jackson and John Hicks stop by, too.
Jan 20, 2015
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners marketing manager Mandy Lincoln all about Fanfest which is this weekend 11am-4pm both Saturday and Sunday. A's broadcaster Vince Cottroneo joins the show to talk about the Oakland A's and how their 2014 season ended and the odd offseason. MLB.com Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns takes a look back at 2014 Felix getting robbed of the Cy Young and also looks ahead to this season and some future pace of game changes.
Jan 20, 2015
Hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk to Mariners bench coach Trent Jewett about how last season unfolded and what he expects to see from this 2015 team. New Mariners OF Justin Ruggiano joins the show to talk about his reaction to getting traded and his expectations of the Mariners this season. Plus Aaron, Shannon and Mike have a roundtable on the AL West in 2015.
Jan 13, 2015
Rick, Shannon and Bill talk to ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian who thinks the moves the Mariners have made may put them over the top. Mariners pitcher Danny Farquhar talks about the excitement looking forward to this season after a solid 2014 campaign and talks about a wild month and a half where he was with 5 different teams. Former Mariner Jamie Moyer talks about the honor of being inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, talks about his career longevity and the development of his change up.
Jan 13, 2015
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger talk to Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits about the pitching staff and how health will be a key heading into the season. New Mariners OF Seth Smith talks about his trade to the Mariners and what it's like facing Felix Hernandez.
Jan 6, 2015
Larry Stone from the Seattle Times joins the show to talk about the Hall of Fame process and what changes could be made. Plus he previews what the AL West should look like in 2015. Former Mariners catcher Dave Valle talks about his memories of Randy Johnson and his first stint managing the Everett Aquasox. Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush talks about the Mariners caravan and his off-season.
Jan 6, 2015
Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about the news of Randy Johnson being elected to the Hall of Fame and remember his career. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon talks about the new additions to the team and how that should help push them to where they need to be to compete for a division title. Mariners OF Stefan Romero joins the show from the Mariners caravan and talk about his off-season. Aaron, Shannon and Mike all think Edgar Martinez should make the Hall of Fame, but will he?
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