Hour two of the first Hot Stove League of the season starts off with a visit from Mariners Hall of Famer and longtime catcher Dan Wilson. Later in the hour, Ryan Spaeder of Sporting News joins the show to discuss his campaigning for Edgar Martinez's Hall of Fame candidacy in his second to last year of eligibilty. The show concludes with a look towards Spring Training.
It's been a wild offseason so far and we're only getting started. Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers, and Shannon Drayer get you all caught up to speed in the very first Hot Stove League Show of the offseason. In this hour, Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto joins the crew live from Orlando and the MLB Winter Meetings. Dipoto recaps the flurry of activity that went down as well as hint at what Seattle's roster plans are leading up to Spring Training.
710 ESPN Seattle's Mike Salk joins James and Shannon for an hour of baseball talk. The trio does the post-mortem on the Mariners attempt to sign Shohei Ohtani and takes a look at where the team stands as the Winter Meetings wrap up in Orlando. Is it time to rebuild or can the Mariners compete in 2018? Can the Dipoto systems and analytics make a difference in the absence of the addition of top tier talent? Salk is also treated to a round of "Good news, bad news, no news" from his own "Brock and Salk" show, this time, Mariners style.
Mariners beat reporter Shannon Drayer and 710 ESPN Seattle personality James Osborn break down the 2017 off season work for the Mariners and preview the frenzy that is about to occur with Shohei Ohtani to be posted soon.
The final hour of the 2017 "Cactus League Report" features Mariner Hall of Famer Alvin Davis who talks about his first season in the big leagues, his role as a special projects coach and his thoughts on the career of Ken Griffey Jr. Also Rick talks with Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano and Aaron has a chat with Mariners shortstop Jean Segura.
It's the 2017 finale of the "Cactus League Report". Mariners minor league coordinator Andy McKay talks about the philosophies the organization instills in the minor leagues which has helped them succeed more than in year's past. Also Mariners pitcher Dan Altavilla and Mariners OF Leonys Martin join the show.
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners beat writer Greg Johns as he talks about the state of the team now that everyone is back from the WBC. Mariners producer/engineer Kevin Cremin is retiring at the end of the season and he gives us a special Spring Training edition of "Road Eats". Plus an interview with Mariners Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer.
Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers are live from the Salty Seniorita. Mariners manager Scott Servais, minor leaguer infielder (and UW alum) Brandon Bishop, and first baseman Dan Vogelbach join the show this hour.
Hour 2 of the Cactus League Report from the Salty Senorita features Mariners IF/OF hopeful Taylor Motter, pitching prospect Chris Heston and bullpen coach Mike Hampton. Aaron Goldsmith joins Rick and Shannon this hour.
The gang is back live from the Salty Senorita in Peoria. Mariners first base coach Casey Candaele, outfield prospect Boog Powell, and pitching prospect Dillon Overton all join Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers this hour.
The second installment of the Cactus League Report is a one-hour special leading into the Mariners night game against Cleveland. Aaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers give their thoughts on the spring so far. Shannon talks to Felix Hernandez about his offseason, working with Carlos Ruiz and his expectations for the WBC. Rick sits down with Kyle Seager who talks about his offseason featuring the birth of a daughter, how he prepares for a 162-game season and about his baseball playing family. Aaron talks with Mariners closer Edwin Diaz about his whirlwind year taking him from a starter at AA, converting to a reliever and then closer. Not only that but his son was born during the All-Star break. He talks about how he worked Joaquin Benoit to make his slider into the weapon it is now. He says he's perfectly fine spending the rest of his career as a closer.
Rick, Aaron and Shannon talk to Mariners IF/OF Shawn O'Malley who talks about the team speed the team has and the benefit of versitility. He also shares a story about trying to get a lineup card signed by the team. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times talks about some of the stories in camp and talks about the mythical Scott Servais Twitter account. Servais is trying to get him working out with "Iron Glenn".
In the inaugural 2017 Cactus League Report, Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer talk to Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto who made a trade minutes before the show acquiring starting pitcher Chris De Jong from the Dodgers for SS Drew Jackson and P Aneurys Zabala. He's projected to start the season in Tacoma, but they see him as a possibility to join the team sometime this season. He also says the OF defense should save 40 runs more than last season. Mariners pitcher James Paxton talks about his improvements last season and striking out Mike Trout four times in a game. Plus 3rd base coach Manny Acta talk about the use of analytics the team has adopted and waving home more runs thanks to the team speed.
Aaron, Mike and Gary Hill talk about the value of Kyle Seager in the Mariners lineup and how the next step in his progression could be as a .300 hitter. The guys talk about Mike Zunino and what he needs to do to take a step forward and nail down the starting job. It's a weak time in the game for catchers, so any improvement he makes could put him in an elite group. Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns of mlb.com talks about looking forward to seeing how the speed plays in the Mariners lineup. Also, can this starting rotation with five pitchers all with big league experience under their belt be one of the more dominant in the league? Plus, the bullpen appears to have much more depth than last season.
Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers talk about the early reports out of spring with Felix and his conditioning this offseason. Shannon Drayer joins the show and talks about his work with "Iron Glenn" to build up leg strength. She also talks about the early emphasis not being on base stealing, but base running which was troublesome in 2016. New Mariners assistant hitting coach Scott Brosius talks about his role compiling information for hitters based on pitchers they will be facing. He talks about how he was able to help lead his Linfield College team to a national championship in his years years as head coach. Mariners pitching hopeful Nick Hagadone talks about his hopes to get back on a big league roster after elbow surgery kept him out all 2016. Previously with Cleveland, Hagadone went to Sumner High School and the University of Washington.
Rick and Blow talk to former Mariners rookie pitcher of the year Mark Langston who talks about how good the Mariners farm system was in the early 80s when he came up. Langston is a current Angels broadcaster and gives us his take on the 2017 Angels and his thoughts on the AL West race this year. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times talks about what he likes most about the early parts of spring training. He talks about how just 3 moves have turned the Mariners into a dangerous offense. He also thinks the bullpen is in much better shape than it was last season.
Rick Rizzs and Mike Blowers host as we listen in to Felix Hernandez who spoke with the media earlier today about his offseason. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin talks about his very first spring training with the Mariners in 1983, where he was hired just four days before spring. He talks about what he does at this point of the spring and the player who he worked on the most over the years. Mariners bench coach Tim Bogar talks about what his expectations are for this season after a 10-win improvement last year. He talks about what he does in-game where they bounce strategic ideas off each other and communicating well with the players.
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk about the value or lack thereof power as there may have been in the past as guys like Mike Napoli and Chris Carter just recently signed low money deals. Superintendent of the Peoria Sports Complex Blake Englert talks about some of the new additions to the complex including the biggest video board in all Spring Training facilities and a new children's play area called Peoria Cove inside of a ship. Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated talks with Aaron about the Cubs winning the World Series and the use of the bullpens in the postseason. He gives his thoughts on the best way to build a pitching staff. Plus today was Moving Day at Safeco Field as the big truck heads down to Arizona and Gary Hill tells us what gets moved.
Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about some proposed changes to the strike zone and how the World Baseball Classic could make that a tough transition. New Mariners OF Mitch Haniger joins the show and talks about getting to meet Mariners fans for the first time at Fanfest. He talks about how a change in his hitting mechanics have led to better success and how beneficial it was to get his feet wet in the majors last season. Mariners manager Scott Servais talks about his first year as a manager and also how superstitious he is. He also talks about his working relationship with GM Jerry Dipoto and what the addition of Scott Brosius means to the coaching staff. Plus, the Oakland A's name the Coliseum after Rickey Henderson.
Rick, Shannon and Dave talk a little about Edgar Martinez as Dave shares a funny story from Edgar's final season. Mariners Director of Marketing Kevin Martinez talks about this being the 40th anniversary of the Mariners franchise and talks about some of the special appearances and giveaways from the upcoming season. The pride of Longview, WA Jim Caple of ESPN.com joins the show and tells us why Edgar Martinez is getting more support from writers in Hall of Fame voting this year. He also shares his thoughts on the World Baseball Classic and how he thinks it's a great thing to showcase the game and wishes American players would take it more seriously. He also talks about facing Bert Blyleven in a fantasy camp.
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Dave Valle host. They recap the Fanfest weekend and talk about the young guys they expect to see help the big club. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino joins the show to talk about what he's working on to improve his hitting and how he's getting to know the new pitchers the team has acquired. Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay talks about how he was able to help leading every single level of the M's system to the playoffs. He says his belief is that practice needs to be done at "game speed".
Aaron, Dave and Mike talk to Mariners first base coach Casey Candaele who takes a look at this current roster and says the team will definitely be more focused on the run game more this year. Also Casey played with Tim Raines and shares some memories about his career and shares a story about Tim buying him a purple suit! Mandy Lincoln from the Mariners marketing department gives us a rundown of what to expect at Fanfest this weekend. Also, Edgar Martinez sat down with Aaron Goldsmith to talk about what it means to him to have his number 11 retired by the Seattle Mariners.
Aaron Goldsmith, Dave Sims, and Mike Blowers host. The guys talk about the big news of the day, that Edgar Martinez will be getting his number 11 retired this season. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News joins the show to talk about what the Texas Rangers have done this offseason. He also talks about Hall of Fame voting and how he voted for Edgar Martinez and he thinks he will be inducted in the next two years. New Mariners first baseman/OF Danny Valencia talks about his role with the Mariners, meeting Scott Servais for the first time (at Danny's Miami home), and how he has become a better hitter against right-handed pitchers.