Jan 30, 2016
Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer host this special edition of the Hot Stove League live from Mariners FanFest. They talk to new Manager Jerry Dipoto, Mariners President Kevin Mather, new catcher Steve Clevenger, James Paxton and Charlie Furbush.
Jan 26, 2016
Rick, Shannon and Bill talks about the season Nelson Cruz had and Bill thinks it's the last time a right handed hitter will hit 44 HRs at Safeco. Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush talks about rehabbing from a torn ligament, getting to know the other relievers and the secret to improving is simply getting strike one. New Mariners first base coach Casey Candaele talks about what he needs to do headed into the season, it being his first as a major league coach. He will be working with the outfielders and helping with baserunning as well. He also talks about his mother who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Jan 26, 2016
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer, and Bill Krueger host and talk about the upcoming Fred Hutch lunch coming up tomorrow. New Mariners closer Steve Cishek joins the show and talks about what they did on the Mariners Caravan and how he became a closer after a bad run as a starter. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News talks a little about how Texas was able to overcome some major injuries and still win the AL West in 2015. He also gives us a scouting report on new Mariners OF (former Ranger) Leonys Martin. Mandy Lincoln from the Mariners marketing department gives us a rundown of what to expect at Fanfest this weekend. Plus, could the National League end up getting the DH?
Jan 19, 2016
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk a little about Ken Griffey Jr. as he was a part of our trivia question. Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney joins the show to talk about some of the promotions the team will have this year, featuring the Nelson Cruz 'Boom stick' bobblehead and a King Felix beach towel. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com who covers the Houston Astros talks about their run to the playoffs and the moves they made this offseason. He talks about how much Jose Altuve means to the Astros. Plus, we learn quite an amazing stat about Nelson Cruz.
Jan 19, 2016
Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers host. New Mariners 1st baseman Adam Lind joins the show and talks about his reaction to being traded to the Mariners and about what he calls his 'man pavilion' as opposed to man cave at his home in Tampa Bay. We take a look at the moves GM Jerry Dipoto made in the offseason and what the lineup should look like once the season begins. The Mariners have completely changed their bullpen this offseason (which was a huge trouble spot in 2015). We look at how the new arms could impact things in 2016. The Mariners catching depth took a hit as Jesus Sucre broke his leg in a Winter League game. We talk about the catching depth on the roster.
Jan 12, 2016
Rick, Shannon and Bill talk about some moves the Mariners have made and how the team shapes up heading into spring. David Schoenfield of ESPN talks about his first memory of Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez chance of getting into the Hall of Fame. New Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. talks about getting a chance to coach in his hometown and takes a look at this pitching staff and what he's looking for in Spring Training. Mariners IF/OF Shawn O'Malley joins us from the Mariners Caravan and talks about his first season in Seattle and what he's been up to this offseason. Mariners OF Stefan Romero talks about getting married this offseason, what he's been up to this offseason and what he wants to show the new coaching staff.
Jan 12, 2016
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger host. This hour is dedicated to Ken Griffey Jr. Gary Hill put together a montage of highlights throughout Junior's career. Rick talks to 'The Kid' about his induction and takes a look back at his career. Mariners Vice President of Marketing Kevin Martinez talks about some events coming up throughout the season involving Griffey and a special night where he gets his number retired.
Jan 5, 2016
Rick, Shannon and Mike talk about their favorite Junior home runs and we listen to the highlights. New Mariners bench coach Tim Bogar who says he's excited about the team Jerry Dipoto has assembled. He talks about what his role will be and working with the players on aggressive baserunning. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times thinks Ken Griffey Jr. won't be a unanimous vote, but he has a great chance of getting the highest percentage of votes ever. He talks about Edgar's chances of getting into the Hall and other players he voted for. Plus a final look at the current vote totals that had been released and who will join Ken Griffey Jr. in the Hall of Fame.
Jan 5, 2016
Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers host the first show of 2016. Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto joins the show and says we are at the point of the off-season where GMs start figuring out arbitration cases and minor free agent moves. He says they accomplished exactly what they wanted with their pitching staff, with keeping Hisashi Iwakuma being the biggest boon to the team. He talks about heading into Spring Training working with the young players to turn them into effective major leaguers. Rick, Shannon and Mike talk about what to expect in Spring Training (just a month and a half away). Plus they share their memories of Dave Henderson who passed away over the holidays.
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.