Dec 12, 2014
Live from the Mariners Team Store at Bellevue Square. Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers are joined by Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik who talks about laying the ground work for future moves at the winter meetings and how they were able to sign Nelson Cruz. Shannon was able to talk to Nelson Cruz earlier about his path to Seattle and his solid season in Baltimore.
Mar 11, 2014
New Mariners bench coach Trent Jewett talks about the round of cuts made today and also a look into why they decided to use replay on a call today. Mariners outfield hopeful Stefan Romero talks about how he prepares for the season and giving what's known as "the bean drill" a try. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about his choice to come to Seattle after years in Kansas City. He talks a bit about what turned the Royals into a winning franchise last year after years of bad baseball. Peter Gammons of the MLB Network talks about how he got into baseball and the state of the AL West. He thinks the division will be a scramble and thinks the division will be open and the Mariners can compete for the title with a quick start.
Mar 11, 2014
Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak talks about off-season adjustments he's made and getting better hitting from the right side. Mariners OF Dustin Ackley talks about the benefit of sticking to one position and being able to work on his mental approach, which helped his overall play in the second half last season. Relief pitchers Danny Farquhar and Lucas Luetge talk about their off-seasons involving kids and what they need to do in their bullpen roles.
Mar 4, 2014
Mariners starting rotation hopeful Blake Beavan talks about his biggest goal this off-season was getting his knee healthy. He also talks about trying to get his wife to go hunting with him. New Mariners minor league catching coordinator Dan Wilson talks about what he does with the catchers, how the new rules may impact the game and favorite Lou Piniella memories. Mariners minor league outfielder James Jones talks about his strong start to the Cactus League season and his hopes of making it to the big leagues. Greg Johns of mlb.com talks about what moves the Mariners might make to shore up the team and how the pitching might shake out to begin the season.
Mar 4, 2014
Rick, Aaron and Shannon talk to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon about camp so far and who he's been impressed with so far in the Cactus League. Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush talks about who he plans to interview on Bullpen Banter this year as well as how he learned to throw his slider. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his quick rise through the minors and what he took from this off-season after getting some major league experience under his belt.
Feb 25, 2014
Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor joins the show to talk about getting healthy again after missing nearly all of 2013 and his offseason in Tennessee. Mariners starting rotation hopeful Erasmo Ramirez talks about fighting injuries last season and being honored as athlete of the year in his native Nicaragua. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times takes a look at the state of the Mariners roster and who he thinks could be a surprise. He also talks about the expansion of replay and wonders how the challenge system will be implemented.
Feb 25, 2014
Rick, Aaron and Shannon talk with Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik about the state of the current roster, taking a look at some lesser known minor league prospects. They also ask if more moves are in the works. Mariners shortstop Brad Miller talks about the competition between Nick Franklin and him and how he spent his offseason. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager talks about what he's learned from Robinson Cano after watching him from afar for years. He was busy with raising his newborn son this offseason.
Feb 18, 2014
Matt, Rick and Dave talk about the Mariners rotation as it currently stands and the chances of Paxton and Walker being in it. Another pitcher and starting rotation hopeful, Scott Baker joins the show and talks about why he chose Seattle over places close to his home in Louisiana. Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated joins the show to talk about Robinson Cano and a piece he's writing on his choice to sign with Seattle and his work in the Dominican Republic. Dave Valle has a unique perspective on the Mariners opening of the baseball academy in the Dominican Republic and how signing Cano has helped increase the cache of the Mariners in that country.
Feb 18, 2014
Matt congratulates Dave Valle on his new job as the manager of the Mariners short A Everett Aquasox! Shannon Drayer joins the guys from Peoria and talks about Robinson Cano's first day in camp and Lloyd McClendon's opening words today. New Tacoma Rainiers manager Rich Donnelly talks about his journey to getting his new job and shares some stories. Mariners catcher John Buck talks about why he chose the Mariners over other opportunities. Mariners pitcher James Paxton talks about what he learned last year and the benefits of hot yoga.
Feb 11, 2014
Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and Rick, Shannon and Mike talk about stories from last year's spring training. Mariners OF Michael Saunders talks about meeting new manager Lloyd McClendon and talking with him about expectations coming into the season. He also talks about his heavy rooting interest for team Canada hockey in the Olympics. New Mariners infield coach Chris Woodward talks about working with the minor league infielders last season and the key for someone like SS Brad Miller positioning himself correctly during an at bat based on the runners on base and how they are pitching the hitter. The Yankees new starter from Japan Masahiro Tanaka chartered his own 787 plane for his big move to the US and spring training. Mike talks about heading the other way in the final year of his career.
Feb 11, 2014
Oakland A's play-by-play announcer Vince Cotroneo talks about the state of the A's after the contract extension of Coco Crisp. He adds the team has lost on opening day 9 years in a row and is happy to not be facing Felix Hernandez to start the season this year. Rob Neyer of FOX Sports.com talks about his move to FOX and is happy to now be colleagues with Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi. He talks about the new TV contracts teams are signing which is raking in huge dollars for them and leaving the smaller market teams behind. Mariners marketing manager Camden Finney talks about the Twitter campaign for Felix Hernandez to win the "Face of Baseball" competition, and all the promotions at Safeco Field this year like beard hat night (4/25), full size Kyle Seager bat night (5/10) and Bark in the Park night (7/8) where dogs and owners can run the bases after the game.
Feb 4, 2014
The trivia question was about Felix Hernandez, so Aaron, Mike and Shannon talk about Felix's oblique injury and how that may have effected him throughout the season. Mariners new OF/DH Corey Hart joins the show to talk about his rehab from knee surgery and his love of superheroes, specifically Batman. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times talks about the Mariners roster and his take on how it could take shape this season specifically in the outfield and the catching corps. Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk about what other teams in the division have done to their rosters and what to expect from the Rangers, Angels and A's. Pitchers and catchers first workout on Feb. 13th.
Feb 4, 2014
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk a little about the Seahawks and their Super Bowl win. Rangers play-by-play announcer Eric Nadel talks about winning the Ford C. Frick Award that will put him in the Hall of Fame. He also breaks down the Rangers off-season moves. New Mariners 3rd base coach John Stearns talks about his excitement for the upcoming season after being the manager for Tacoma last season. Lou Piniella will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame this year and Mike Blowers shares his memories and a story where Lou didn't know Blowers' first name.
Jan 28, 2014
Shannon, Rick and Dave talk about the Mariners first winning season in 1991 and how great it felt to Dave to do it by building from the farm system. The trio talk about food, naturally and the new rule to protect catcher from home plate collisions. Former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston is now a broadcaster for the Angels and he gives us a look at what the Angels are doing making some trades instead of signing free agents this offseason. He also talks about how he made the team in 1984. Shannon and Rick talk to Dave about his charity called Esperanza which helps fund small businesses and schools in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Jan 28, 2014
Rick, Shannon and Dave talk to new Mariners president Kevin Mather about his plans for the team, including a large commitment to the Dominican academy, making it a top 3 facility. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his quick rise to the majors which he never even expected. He says he's kind of split on the idea of the new catcher's protection rules. Shannon, Rick and Dave talk about the role Kevin Mather will play in the organization as the new club president. Plus Bob Aylward is taking over the chairman of the board at ROOT Sports.
Jan 25, 2014
In this special edition of the Hot Stove League live from Mariners FanFest Shannon Drayer, Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith talk to James Paxton, GM Jack Zduriencik and DJ Peterson.
Jan 25, 2014
In this special edition of the Hot Stove League live from Mariners FanFest Shannon Drayer, Rick Rizzs and Aaron Goldsmith talk to Manager Lloyd McClendon, Stefen Romero, Carson Smith and Taijuan Walker.
Jan 21, 2014
Bill says the key for Taijuan Walker going into next year is to master his fastball command. New Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits talks about his pitching philosophies and talks specifically about Brandon Maurer and James Paxton. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about why he moved up here after being in Kansas City for many years and thinks the Mariners are an interesting team that isn't too far away from competing for a championship. Mariners marketing manager Mandy Lincoln gives us the lowdown on the Fanfest experience including the much talked about TWO ziplines. You can also taste new menu items being served at the ballpark this year.
Jan 21, 2014
Aaron, Shannon and Bill talk to the Mariners new manager Lloyd McClendon about his whirlwind tour around the country meeting personally with players. He says when a player does his job well, it's to be expected. Mariners shortstop Brad Miller talks about getting ready for bed right before his interview (he is on the East Coast). He also talks about his off-season routine, giving himself 2 weeks off and now lifts weights 3-4 days a week. Brad brings up his running style as being a "baby giraffe." It's supposed to be 50 and sunny for Mariners Fanfest this weekend Jan 25th and 26th. Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, Taijuan Walker and Lloyd McClendon are among the notable players who will be there.
Jan 14, 2014
Mariners pitcher Brandon Maurer joins the show to talk about his offseason and looking forward to working with the Mariners new pitching coach Rick Waits who was the M's minor league pitching coordinator. Mariners infielder Nick Franklin talks about his offseason diet/exercise plan which has him consuming a lot of calories. He also addresses the Robinson Cano signing and how this can effect him moving forward. Greg Johns of mlb.com joins the show and talks about the Mariners reaching an agreement with John Buck as a backup catcher and a look at the Hall of Fame voting. Shannon, Rick and Dave talk about what the players want when it comes to who goes into the Hall of Fame and who votes for it.
Jan 14, 2014
Rick, Shannon talk to Dan Wilson about his new role with the Mariners as minor leagues catching coordinator. New Mariners first base coach Andy Van Slyke talks about why he got back into baseball as a coach and what he expects from new manager Lloyd McClendon. Shannon, Rick and Dan talk about how the AL West looks so far after the offseason moves. Mariners radio play-by-play announcer Aaron Goldsmith joins the show from out on the Mariners caravan in Idaho and talks about competing with Nick Franklin and Dave Valle for food. He also talks about his first year as a Major League play-by-play announcer.
Jan 7, 2014
Mariners pitcher Danny Farquhar talks about his journey from an off the radar minor league pitcher to Mariners closer last year. He also talks of his experience pitching in the Dominican Republic and the Mariners Caravan. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times talks about the Hall of Fame and how this year's class could hurt Edgar Martinez's chance at getting elected. Also will any of the known steroid users get elected? Mariners TV play-by-play announcer Dave Sims talks about getting pumped up for the season and spending his New Year's Eve watching Ken Burns' Baseball. He also talks about his experience on the Mariners Caravan.
Jan 7, 2014
Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk to new Mariners bench coach Trent Jewett about what a bench coach actually does and his history working with new manager Lloyd McClendon. Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush joins the show as he is snowed in in Maine. He talks about how Cliff Lee inspired him to learn a new pitch. He also says he'd be open to starting again. Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk about what to expect from the new coaching staff and some memories from the 95 playoff run.
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.