Day two of Spring Training is in the books. Pitchers and catchers continued their work of pitching and catching, and some new faces reported to camp on the position player side. Bullpens were thrown, and our great group of intrepid local beat writers shared some nuggets from the day. As always, we are grateful for their hard work.
Courtesy of Ryan Divish, we got our first quick glimpse of Mike Zunino taking batting practice since this winter's hitting summit. Zunino appears to have a higher leg kick than he did last year. Steve Clevenger appears not to know when he's wandering into someone's shot:
Mike Zunino in BP pic.twitter.com/JfFHYT4lKm— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 21, 2016
From Divish's Morning Report, which you should read in its entirety, Scott Servais continues to highlight the changes in culture the new regime is attempting to implement. Players are starting each day with a 9 AM team wide meeting followed by position specific "chalk talks." We've heard all offseason about the renewed emphasis on communication as a means of enforcing consistency of approach throughout the different levels of the organization. Borrowing a bit from football, these meetings are meant to facilitate just that:
"I thought they went great," Servais said. "As far as the opening meeting with the team, the thing I want to get across is it's going to be different, a different environment, and I think they got a feel for that yesterday and will get more into it this morning. We'll get to know about the players and get them to talk a little bit, which we're going to have fun with."
- New center fielder Leonys Martin joined the early position player arrivals. He issued a statement through his representatives on the recent arrest of his former agent Bart Hernandez on human trafficking charges following Martin's smuggling from Cuba:
Here is Martin's statement .... pic.twitter.com/mrNKL1d1fn— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) February 21, 2016
In the clubhouse, Martin seemed eager to focus on how he'll contribute to the Mariners and rebound from a poor offensive year in Texas. In Bob Dutton's Mariners notebook, which you should also read in full, Martin said:
"I love Safeco Field. I said, `Thank you, God,' that this is going to be my home ballpark.
- Martin is also happy to be reunited with former Rangers teammate Nelson Cruz. We at Lookout Landing look forward to potential Cruz-Martin silliness:
CF Leonys Martin also excited at being reunited on #Mariners with Nelson Cruz: "He was like my dad for my first year in Texas."— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) February 21, 2016
- Finally, Bob Dutton gave us a look at Kuma and Karns, as well as our first Spring Training look at Jonathan Aro, who was brought over in the Carson Smith-Wade Miley deal.
Nathan Karns (foreground) and Hisashi Iwakuma in bullpen workouts Sunday at #Mariners' camp. pic.twitter.com/2dCJ9OQXc3— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) February 21, 2016
The right-hander is Jonathan Aro, whom the #Mariners got from Boston. pic.twitter.com/cTZoFC1ODh— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) February 21, 2016