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Mar 30, 2017

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.

Mar 30, 2017

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.

Mar 23, 2017

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.

Mar 23, 2017

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.

Mar 16, 2017

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.

Mar 16, 2017

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.

Mar 9, 2017

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.

Mar 2, 2017

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".

Mar 2, 2017

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.

Feb 22, 2017

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.

Feb 22, 2017

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.

Feb 15, 2017

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.

Feb 15, 2017

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.

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 1, 2017

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.

Feb 1, 2017

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".

Jan 25, 2017

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.

Jan 25, 2017

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.

Jan 17, 2017
Rick, Shannon and Bill talk to Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. about the pitching summit the team held this off-season which involved all the major and minor league pitching coaches, along with minor league pitchers and working on a system-wide approach to pitching. He goes on to talk about some of the pitching prospects in the Mariners system, highlighting Rob Whalen and Max Povse they acquired from Atlanta. Aaron Goldsmith caught up with James Paxton on the Mariners Caravan who talks about how he developed a new arm slot last year and how it led him to better results on the mound.
Jan 17, 2017
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger host. Joe Posnanski with NBC Sports joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Cubs/Indians World Series (he grew up in Cleveland) and his thoughts on Hall of Fame voting and Edgar Martinez' chance at getting in tomorrow. He talks about how he got to know Buck O'Neil and how he was almost like a second father to him. Gary Hill goes into depth on why he thinks Edgar should be in the Hall.
Jan 10, 2017
Rick, Aaron and Shannon talk to Mariners pitcher Dan Altavilla who was out in the Mariners Caravan going from Wenatchee to Spokane. He talks about what they do on the caravan and talks about his journey from Double-A to the Majors last season. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times talks about Edgar Martinez and his surge in Hall of Fame votes. He tells us about his chances to make the Hall and why voters start to vote for players as their time on the ballot comes to a close. He also talks about the offseason moves made by the Mariners and speculates as to what the rookies and young players might do in the lineup.
Jan 10, 2017
Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith, and Shannon Drayer host. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto joins the show for the majority of the hour to talk about how he needed basically two full offseasons to get the team to where he likes it now. He talks about how the starting rotation should be stronger now with a more athletic outfield who can turn more fly balls into outs. He also likes the addition of speed to the lineup in Jarrod Dyson, Jean Segura and the other speedy outfielders as he thinks that style of baseball plays better at Safeco Field.
Dec 9, 2016
Rick, Shannon and Mike talk about what GM Jerry Dipoto had to say about the offseason and that getting one more starting pitcher would cap a nice offseason. Mariners manager Scott Servais talks about what he learned after a season at the helm as manager and what he expects to see from the team this season. The trio of Rick, Shannon and Mike talk about the new collective bargaining agreement reached by the players and owners and what changes have been made.
Dec 9, 2016
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers host live from the Bellevue Square Mariners Team Store. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto joins the show all hour long to talk about offseason moves and what he expects to see from this team in 2017. He says after a year of being GM, he now knows this team and what they are capable of.
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