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Statement from Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton on passing of Paul Allen

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen:

On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and ownership, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul's family and many friends.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen:

On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and ownership, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul's family and many friends.

His life and his legacy are a great example for us all.

Paul had a myriad of interests and he pursued them with dedication and curiosity. He had great success in business, but his passion was working to make his community, and the world, a better place. His success in those good works are his bequest to so many whose lives he changed, and to so many whose lives will be changed by the research still underway.

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Mariners Care raises over $1.4 million for Northwest charities in 2018

Over $26 million raised since 1991

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $1.4 million for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $26 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.

"The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I'm proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community," said John Stanton, Mariners Chair and CEO. 

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $1.4 million for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $26 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.

"The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I'm proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community," said John Stanton, Mariners Chair and CEO. 

During 2018, Mariners Care and the Mariners corporate partners supported over 1,500 local organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Seattle Children's, United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program, Northwest Harvest, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, every Mariners player participated in and supported various community programs and causes.

Mariners Care Highlights

Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
Rich Rizzs and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club held the 17th annual dinner and auction to benefit several Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $300,000.

Goodwill Refuse To Abuse® 5k Run/Walk at Safeco Field
The 7th Annual Goodwill Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk, held on July 21 at Safeco Field, raised $190,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse® campaign.


Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $175,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 333rd annual golf tournament and auction held on July 2 at Broadmoor Golf Club.

Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held on Saturday home game at Safeco Field, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $126,360 for Mariners Care in 2017. Since 2000, the Mariners Care Silent Auctions have raised over $1.73 million.

Peoria Diamond Club Annual Spring Training Charity Game
The annual Spring Training Charity Game between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres raised $100,000 for local charities in Peoria, AZ, home of the Seattle Mariners Spring Training complex.

Mariners Care Charity Night
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host the 8th annual online tele-auction during the June 14 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The total for this year was $78,350.

PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners RBI during the 2018 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. This year, the program raised $75,000.

Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Level in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to Mariners Care. The season ending total is $45,500.

Premera Steals for the Cure
For each Mariners stolen base in 2018, Premera Blue Cross made a donation to Susan G. Komen. The Steals for the Cure program raised $40,972.

Seattle Mariners "Groundskeeper for a Day" Fundraising Program
This season, $36,650 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the "Groundskeeper for a Day" experiences offered at various auctions.

Jack in the Box for Seattle Children's
In 2018, Jack in the Box and the Mariners teamed up to help raise $31,727 for Seattle Children's through donations from customers at Seattle area Jack in the Box restaurants.

BECU Saves
For every save made by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field, Boeing Employees Credit Union donated $1,000 to Junior Achievement of Washington. The 2018 program resulted in a donation of $30,000.

Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $27,789 to benefit Mariners Care, the team's nonprofit foundation.

Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Education
For every home run hit by a Mariners player, Alaska Airlines donated airline miles to the United Negro College Fund Seattle serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. In 2018, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,500, were donated to help worth students succeed in education.

Holland America Line K's for Kids
For every strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care Fund. The 2018 program raised $25,000.

Pearl Jam Mariners Care Silent Auction
On July 20, Mariners Care and Pearl Jam hosted a silent auction at Safeco Field with Mariners and band memorabilia. The auction raised $21,377 for Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation's homelessness relief initiative.

Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by members of the 2018 team raise $19,320 for Mariners Care.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On June 3, Mariners fans and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The equipment and cash donations totaled $12,500.

Marineros Jersey Auction for Puerto Rico Relief
Game-used Marineros jerseys from Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night on September 8, along with unique items from Edgar Martinez and Edwin Diaz, were offered in a silent auction at Safeco Field. The auction raised $12,000 to benefit the Hispanic Federation and Unidos Disaster Relief & Recovery program to support Puerto Rico.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Field Maintenance Clinic
The Mariners Grounds Crew and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to present a Field Maintenance Clinic where a $10,000 grant was presented to Seattle Parks & Recreation to support sports field maintenance.

Moneytree Wins for Mariners Care
For every Mariners win, Moneytree made a donation to Mariners Care. The 2018 program totaled $9,000.

Hempler's Doubles
For every double hit by a Mariners player at Safeco Field, Hempler's donated $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2018, the program raised $5,600.

Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at two home games this season, featuring memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $4,377 for Mariners Care.

Fight Hunger Presented by 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
The annual food drive collected $3,775 in cash donations, providing 16,928 meals to families in need through Northwest Harvest.

Page Ahead Book Drive Presented by PACCAR
On August 21, Mariners Care and PACCAR hosted a book drive at Safeco Field to benefit the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. Participating Mariners fans donated 1,073 books, valued at $3,219.

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Mariners special license plate

Proceeds from special plate to provide educational & sports opportunities for disadvantaged youth

Seattle Mariners fans can show their allegiance to the team with a new special license plate for their vehicle starting on January 2, 2019.

Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib was on hand Sunday before the Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game to unveil the design for the team's first-ever special plate, and to tout the new programs the plate sales will support. It features the Mariners logo on a dark blue background with a "compass rose" motif. 

Seattle Mariners fans can show their allegiance to the team with a new special license plate for their vehicle starting on January 2, 2019.

Washington Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib was on hand Sunday before the Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game to unveil the design for the team's first-ever special plate, and to tout the new programs the plate sales will support. It features the Mariners logo on a dark blue background with a "compass rose" motif. 

Beginning next year, fans can purchase the special plates by filling out a form available on the Washington State Department of Licensing website. Completed forms, with payment for either the Mariners background or personalization, can be sent to the Department of Licensing headquarters in Olympia or, for the special background only (and not personalized plates), orders can be processed at any local vehicle licensing office in the state of Washington. The special plates cannot be ordered online.

The cost for the Mariners special plate for passenger vehicles is $72.75 per year for the standard special plate and $124.75 per year for a personalized version. The price does not include annual vehicle registration fees, which will be added at the time of purchase or renewal.

Net proceeds from the sale of the special plates will benefit two new statewide programs for Washington youth: The Washington World Fellows program, and the Washington Sports Mentorship Grant program. The two programs, established through a partnership between the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Association of Washington Generals, with support from the Seattle Mariners, aim to make college and sports more inclusive for disadvantaged youth. The Lt. Governor's Washington World Fellows program is an equity-focused study abroad and college-readiness fellowship designed to support high school students who plan to be the first in their families to attend. The Washington Sports Mentorship Grant program will provide grants to help under-served children and those with disabilities to have greater access to sports programs within organizations that foster inclusive sports environments.

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Mariners add Frankie Thon Jr. as Director, International Amateur Scouting

Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Tom Allison announced Wednesday that the Mariners have hired Frankie Thon Jr. and named him Director, International Amateur Scouting. 

Thon Jr. will oversee all facets of the Mariners international scouting operation.

Seattle Mariners Vice President of Scouting Tom Allison announced Wednesday that the Mariners have hired Frankie Thon Jr. and named him Director, International Amateur Scouting. 

Thon Jr. will oversee all facets of the Mariners international scouting operation.

"Frankie will be a great addition to our organization," Allison said. "He has strong experience in both pro and amateur scouting, has worked extensively in the international market and has had steadily increasing responsibilities in cross-checking and supervising other scouts."

Thon spent the last two years (October 2016 - present) with the Los Angeles Angels as their Assistant International Director / International Cross Checker. His responsibilities included both scouting in Latin America and Asia and overseeing scouts working in five countries.

Prior to joining the Angels, he worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks for eight years. He began his scouting career in Jan. 2009 as the D-backs Ohio Valley area scout, before being promoted to South Florida & Puerto Rico area scout in October 2011. He was promoted again in October 2014 to Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Checker (overseeing 14 states), a position he held for a year prior to being promoted (in October 2015) to the role of Southeast Regional Cross Checker, where he supervised scouts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. He held that position until joining the Angels.

Thon Jr. graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy in 2004. He received a master's degree in Philosophy and Asian Religions from Florida International University in 2008.

Thon Jr. is the son of longtime MLB scout Frankie Thon, who is currently scouting for Baltimore.

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Mariners announce player development contract with Class A West Virginia

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today a new Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League. The agreement is for two years, covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

"We are ecstatic to partner with the West Virginia Power," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Our conversations with their leadership team immediately revealed that we have similar values and priorities. As with all of our affiliates, we will work to put the best possible product on the field with the goal of winning baseball games and playing meaningful games late in the season. Off of the field, we look forward to our community service responsibilities and will always value the relationships we will build with the fans."

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today a new Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League. The agreement is for two years, covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

"We are ecstatic to partner with the West Virginia Power," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Our conversations with their leadership team immediately revealed that we have similar values and priorities. As with all of our affiliates, we will work to put the best possible product on the field with the goal of winning baseball games and playing meaningful games late in the season. Off of the field, we look forward to our community service responsibilities and will always value the relationships we will build with the fans."

The Mariners enter into a two-year Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League after spending the last 10 seasons in the Midwest League with the Clinton LumberKings. The Mariners had an affiliate in the Midwest League dating back to 1981 and will join the South Atlantic League for the first time in club history. The Mariners become the 7th different parent club that the West Virginia baseball club has had since it joined the South Atlantic League in 1987. Other Major League clubs that have been in West Virginia have been: Pittsburgh (2009-18), Milwaukee (2005-08), Toronto (2001-04), Kansas City (1999-2000), Cincinnati (1990-98) and Chicago-NL (1988-89). The Power plays their home games at Appalachian Power Park, in Charleston, West Virginia.

"Joining the Seattle Mariners family is an exciting moment for our franchise," said Power Executive Vice President Ken Fogel. "The Mariners boast a minor league system filled with talent that we cannot wait to showcase at Appalachian Power Park throughout 2019 and beyond. While we are grateful for the 10 years spent under the Pirates umbrella, we are excited to share this new opportunity with the city of Charleston and the surrounding fan base. We are confident that our partnership with the Mariners will bring unbridled success both on the field and in the community."

The history of professional baseball in Charleston dates back to 1910 with the Charleston Statesmen, though baseball was not always a constant. The city was without its favorite pastime from 1917 through 1930, during and shortly after World War II, 1965 until 1970, and for two years in the mid-1980's. The Charleston baseball club has been known by several names over the years. From its earliest incarnation as the Statesmen to a long run as the Senators (1912-61) to the Indians (1962-64) and the Charlies (1971-83), fans had an array of parent clubs, players and mascots to root for. After a short hiatus, the city saw baseball return as the Wheelers (1987-1994) and the Alley Cats (1995-2004) in the South Atlantic League.

"The opportunity to partner with the West Virginia Power is truly exciting for the entire Mariners organization," said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto. "The combination of quality, experienced baseball people and a beautiful ballpark in a capital city provide all of us with something to look forward to for 2019 and beyond."

Former Mariners catcher and current Player Development Special Assistant, Dan Wilson, made his professional debut with the Charleston Wheelers in 1990 after he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 7th round of the 1990 MLB June Draft. He also appeared in 52 games with Charleston in 1991.

The Mariners currently have Player Development contracts for all 7 of their minor league affiliates for the 2019 season: AAA Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League, AA Arkansas in the Texas League, High-A Modesto in the California League, A West Virginia in the South Atlantic League, Short-A Everett in the Northwest League, Rookie Arizona League Mariners and Rookie Dominican Summer League Mariners.

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Seattle Mariners Homestand Highlights: September 24-30, 2018

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Monday, September 24 -- Eric Sauve, Grandview, WA, winner of the 2018 Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes
•   Tuesday, September 25 -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety
•   Wednesday, September 26 -- Hisashi Iwakuma
•   Friday, September 28 -- Dave Eskenazi, Northwest baseball historian, Mariners season ticketholder and 2018 Mariners Fan of the Year
•   Sunday, September 30 -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.
National Anthem
•   Saturday, September 29 -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will perform the National Anthem as part of the annual Mariners Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Awareness Night.

Monday, September 24 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch --Eric Sauve, of Grandview, WA, winner of the 13th Annual Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes. Sauve's name was drawn at random from all entries. As grand prize winner, he receives four tickets neat the Mariners dugout, a full Mariners uniform, the chance to watch batting practice from the field, dinner at the Hit It Here Café, an overnight at the Stadium Silver Cloud Hotel, a $1,000 Team Store shopping spree and the chance to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Ceremonial First Pitches
•   Monday, September 24 -- Eric Sauve, Grandview, WA, winner of the 2018 Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes
•   Tuesday, September 25 -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety
•   Wednesday, September 26 -- Hisashi Iwakuma
•   Friday, September 28 -- Dave Eskenazi, Northwest baseball historian, Mariners season ticketholder and 2018 Mariners Fan of the Year
•   Sunday, September 30 -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.
National Anthem
•   Saturday, September 29 -- Pearl Jam's Mike McCready will perform the National Anthem as part of the annual Mariners Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Awareness Night.

Monday, September 24 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch --Eric Sauve, of Grandview, WA, winner of the 13th Annual Mariners Team Store Dreamstakes. Sauve's name was drawn at random from all entries. As grand prize winner, he receives four tickets neat the Mariners dugout, a full Mariners uniform, the chance to watch batting practice from the field, dinner at the Hit It Here Café, an overnight at the Stadium Silver Cloud Hotel, a $1,000 Team Store shopping spree and the chance to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.

Girls Night Out - Gather your BFFs for a fun night out at Safeco Field. Ticket package includes Main or Club Level seats, a free drink voucher and a Mariners tank top, while supplies last. The offer is available only at Mariners.com/Girls. The price is $40. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Monday, September 24 at noon.

Guys Night Out -- Make Safeco Field your man cave with this specially priced ticket offer. For $40, you get a Main or Club Level seat and a voucher for a free drink. Tickets are available only at Mariners.com/Guys and must be purchased by noon on Monday, September 24.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Deal of the Day -- Foot Long Hot dog is $5 (a $10 value) at all High Cheese Pizza locations (Sections 109, 132, 141, 241, 312, 329) and Hempler's Carts (Section 131, 147, and Center Field Bleachers). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Tuesday, September 25 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch -- Bradley McDougald, Seattle Seahawks Safety

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Season Ticketholder Early Gate Opening -- Mariners Season Ticketholders get early access to the ballpark with an exclusive early gate opening at 4:10pm (Right Field Gate only).

Deal of the Day -- Big League Burger for $4 (an $8 value), at Big League Burger (Sections 106 and 340). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Wednesday, September 26 vs. Oakland (7:10pm)
Ceremonial First Pitch - Hisashi Iwakuma, who pitched seven seasons for the Mariners, has opted to return to Japan to continue his recovery from shoulder surgery, and attempt to extend his professional baseball career. While at the Mariners, Kuma compiled a record of 63-39 and threw the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Paint at the Park, Presented by Imagery Wine -- This special ticket offer includes a Main or View Level tickets, a complimentary drink voucher and access to a pregame paint class led by Wine & Canvas. The class is at the Outside Corner (above the Home Plate Gate) from 5:10-7:10pm. The cost is $54 for View Level and $69 for Main Level. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Paint. Deadline to purchase through this online only offer is Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00pm.

TBTL Listeners Night -- The Tens are invited to share their love for the podcast Too Beautiful to Live at a special Safeco Field Listeners Night out. Tickets are available online only for $20 each. They come with a TBTL t-shirt (while supplies last). Deadline to purchase tickets through this special offer is Tuesday, September 25 at noon, only at Mariners.com/TBTL.

Deal of the Day -- Pizza by the slice for just $4 (an $8 value) at High Cheese Pizza locations (Sections 109, 132, 141, 241, 312, 329). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Thursday, September 27 vs. Texas (7:10pm)
Safeco Field Soil Night -- The first 4,000 postgame will receive a bag of Cedar Grove potting soil. Cedar Grove, one of the Mariners sustainability partners, helped the Club to its first-ever Green Glove Award as 2017's top recycler in all of Major League Baseball with a 96% diversion rate.

Safeco Field Employee Appreciation Night -- The Mariners pay tribute to the dedicated Game Day staff who strive to provide the best guest experience possible to all fans, making Safeco Field one of the best places in baseball to watch a game.

Flannel Night -- Get your grunge on with Flannel Night at Safeco Field. Tickets are available online only for $45 for View Level and $57 for Main Level seats. Those who purchase through this special offer will receive a Mariners green and navy plaid flannel shirt, while supplies last. Tickets can be redeemed at Section 339 before the end of the third inning. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Wednesday, September 26 at 5:00pm only at Mariners.com/Flannel.

Dawg Daze -- Join the University of Washington First Year Programs for Dawg Daze at Safeco Field. UW students and family members can get a discount ticket and a Dawg Daze t-shirt (while supplies last). This online only offer is available Mariners.com/DawgDaze. The cost is $17 for View Level and $35 for Main Level seats. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is 5:00pm, Wednesday, September 26.

Hutch Heroes -- The Mariners and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center spotlight a survivor who is fighting cancer with the same determination and spirit as baseball legend Fred Hutchinson, namesake of Seattle's world-renowned cancer research center.

Mariners Value Game, presented by BECU -- Fans can purchase select View Level and Bleacher seats for $15 or select Main and Club Level seats for $30. Log onto Mariners.com/Specials for more information.

Deal of the Day -- Sodo Dog is just $3 (a $6 value) at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Sections 109, 118, 126, 141, 190, 222, 244, 319, 329, 347). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Friday, September 28 vs. Texas (7:10pm)
Fan Appreciation Night, Presented by Emirates Airline and Holland America Line -- The Mariners thank our fans for being True to the Blue with random drawings for dozens of prizes throughout the game. All fans will receive a 2018 Mariners team poster. Stick around after the game for a special postgame fireworks show, presented by T-Mobile.

Awards - During the pregame ceremony, several awards will be presented including the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, Baseball Writers' Association of America Seattle Chapter team awards, Major League Baseball Players Association Heart & Hustle Award and the ROOT SPORTS Ultimate Northwest Fans Award.

College Night -- Kick off the new school year with a night out at the ballpark. Arrive early to take advantage of extended happy hour in The 'Pen, Edgar's Cantina, Edgar's Home Run Porch presented by Sol & View Level concession stands until first pitch. The price is $13 for View Level seats ($16 on day of the game) and can be purchased until noon on Friday, September 28 at Mariners Team Stores, the Safeco Field box office or online at Mariners.com/College. Valid College ID is required for in-person purchases, and is limited to one ticket per ID.

Back to School Night -- Students heading back to school can enjoy specially priced tickets for Fan Appreciation Night. The online only offer is available at Mariners.com/GroupEvents. Tickets are $13 for View Level and $31 for Main Level and are available through 5:00pm on Thursday, September 27.

Deal of the Day -- Fan Appreciation Night Fan Pack special: a soda and popcorn for one low price, $5, a $10 value, at Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Sections 109, 118, 126, 141, 190, 222, 244, 319, 329, 347). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Saturday, September 29 vs. Texas (6:10pm)
Ken Griffey Jr. Pop Collectable Night -- The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a Funko! Pop Ken Griffey Jr. collectable figure.

Oktoberfest -- The 10th Annual Oktoberfest at Safeco Field features specialty beers throughout the game, a voucher for one free drink, a Mariners stein (while supplies last). Tickets are $39 for View Level and $51 for Main Level and are available online only at Mariners.com/Oktoberfest. Deadline to purchase through this special offer is Friday, September 28 at 5:00pm.

Season Ticketholder Appreciation Night -- Special 2:40pm gate opening (Right Field Gate), with prizes and specials to thank our best customers for their support.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Night -- Support a great cause, get a cool knit hat and hear Pearl Jam's Mike McCready perform the National Anthem before the game. Tickets are available online only at Mariners.com/Crohns. The cost is $25 for View Level and $45 for Main Level and must be purchased by 5:00pm on Friday, September 28. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through the online only offer will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Deal of the Day -- Cracker Jack is $2 (a $6 value), available at all concession stands. Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

Sunday, September 30 vs. Texas (12:10pm)
Note special 12:10pm start time. All MLB games will begin at the same time.
Ceremonial First Pitch -- King County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Connor, who has worked security in Mariners dugouts for 38 years and is retiring after a 40-year public safety career.

Kids Appreciation Day -- The Mariners and Ivar's/Kidd Valley salute our youngest fans. All kids, 14 and under, take home a Moose poster, plus are eligible to win random prizes throughout the game. 

Deal of the Day -- Kids Moose Bucket (hot dog, popcorn, juice) for $4 (an $8 value) at select Rolling Roof Refreshment stands (Section 126, 190, 319). Offer is good from the time the gates open until the end of the game. Limit of two items per person per transaction.

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Mariners extend player development contract with Short-A Everett

Mariners and AquaSox agree to extension through 2022

Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the extension of the Player Development Contract with the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners Short-A affiliate in the Northwest League. The Player Development Contract, which would have run out at the end of the 2020 season, has been extended to cover the 2021-2022 seasons.

"Partnering with Everett for another four years fulfills multiple goals for us," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Aside from the geographic convenience, the AquaSox, with leadership of both Danny (Tetzlaff) and Pat (Filippone), provide our players with a first-class environment. Their commitment to our players is evident with the upgrades that they have spearheaded to the ballpark. We will continue to reciprocate by providing the best on-field product that we can while continuing to impact the surrounding community through our community service initiatives."

Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the extension of the Player Development Contract with the Everett AquaSox, the Mariners Short-A affiliate in the Northwest League. The Player Development Contract, which would have run out at the end of the 2020 season, has been extended to cover the 2021-2022 seasons.

"Partnering with Everett for another four years fulfills multiple goals for us," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "Aside from the geographic convenience, the AquaSox, with leadership of both Danny (Tetzlaff) and Pat (Filippone), provide our players with a first-class environment. Their commitment to our players is evident with the upgrades that they have spearheaded to the ballpark. We will continue to reciprocate by providing the best on-field product that we can while continuing to impact the surrounding community through our community service initiatives."

Everett has been affiliated with the Seattle Mariners for 24 seasons, becoming the Mariners affiliate in the Northwest League on September 12, 1994. The AquaSox play their home games at Everett Memorial Stadium, located in Everett, Wash., less than 30 miles north of Seattle. In 24 seasons as the Mariners affiliate, the AquaSox have compiled a 908-914 (.498) record. Since joining the Seattle organization, Everett has qualified for the postseason 7 times, including 6 times over the last 9 seasons (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2018). In 2010 the AquaSox led the Northwest League with a franchise record tying 49 wins (also: 1987 as San Francisco Giants) on their way to a Northwest League Championship. With the extension, the Mariners and AquaSox will continue to have the longest affiliation pairing of any clubs in the Northwest League. 

Everett has produced numerous Major Leaguers during their affiliation with the Mariners, including helping develop current Mariners RHP Matt Festa, RHP Félix Hernández, RHP Erasmo Ramírez and C Mike Zunino.

"The Mariners and AquaSox have had a stable relationship dating back to 1995 and we look forward to continuing working together for many years to come," said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto. "We are in a unique situation having our Northwest affiliate so close to Seattle. The city of Everett and the AquaSox fan-base have always been great supporters of our minor leaguers and the entire Mariners organization. 

The AquaSox wrapped up the 2018 season with a 38-38 overall record, which was T2nd-best overall record in the Northwest League North Division and trailed only the Hillsboro Hops (52-25) and the Vancouver Canadians (40-36) for the best in the league. The AquaSox qualified for a postseason berth after winning the North Division First Half title, but fell the Spokane Indians in the Northwest League North Division Finals.   

The AquaSox featured 21 players selected by Seattle in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including C Jake Anchia (7th), RHP Grant Anderson (21st), RHP Joey Gerber (8th), INF Cash Gladfelter (27th), RHP Nolan Hoffman (5th), INF Bobby Honeyman (29th), INF Connor Kopach (25th), OF Charlie McConnell (13th), OF Keegan McGovern (9th), RHP Penn Murfee (33rd), INF Ryne Ogren (12th), LHP Benjamin Onyshko (24th), LHP Michael Plassmeyer (4th), C Cal Raleigh (3rd), OF Ryan Ramiz (23rd), INF Nick Rodriguez (22nd), RHP J.T. Salter (20th), INF Matt Sanders (10th), OF Josh Stowers (2nd) and RHP Noah Zavolas (18th). 

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Mariners extend player development contract with Triple-A Tacoma

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the extension of the Player Development Contract with the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. The Player Development Contract, which would have run out at the end of this season, has been extended to cover the 2019-2022 seasons.

"The Mariners are excited to be able to extend our relationship with the Rainiers," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "The Rainiers have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing the best possible environment for our prospects to develop as well as providing an opportunity for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest to meet the next generation of Mariners."

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay announced today the extension of the Player Development Contract with the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. The Player Development Contract, which would have run out at the end of this season, has been extended to cover the 2019-2022 seasons.

"The Mariners are excited to be able to extend our relationship with the Rainiers," Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. "The Rainiers have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing the best possible environment for our prospects to develop as well as providing an opportunity for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest to meet the next generation of Mariners."

The Rainiers have been the Mariners Triple-A affiliate since 1995 with the upcoming 2019 season marking the 25th season the two clubs have been affiliated together. In 24 seasons as the Mariners affiliate, the Rainiers have a 1,741-1,690 (.507) record. Since joining the Seattle organization, Tacoma has collected five division titles (2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016), three conference championships (2001, 2005, 2010), and two Pacific Coast League Championships (2001, 2010). Rainiers players and field staff have also accumulated numerous awards over the course of the affiliation, including 45 mid-season all-star selections, one PCL Pitcher of the Year, two PCL Rookies of the Year, three PCL Managers of the Year, five league ERA titles, and one league strikeout champion. The Rainiers have been in the PCL every year since 1960, for the longest current active streak of membership in the league.

"The relationship between the Mariners and the Rainiers has been a staple of baseball in the Pacific Northwest since 1995," said Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jerry Dipoto. "While we are two franchises, we remain one baseball family and couldn't be more thankful for our terrific partners in Tacoma. We fully believe this is simply the next chapter in what will soon be a quarter century of tradition."

The 2018 Rainiers polished off their 59th season of play with a record of 66-73 (.475) while finishing in 3rd place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern Division, 16.0 games behind the division-leading Fresno Grizzlies. There were also 29 Mariners minor league players that appeared in a game with both Seattle and Tacoma during the 2018 season, including 17 of the players on the current 38-man roster.

"This has always been a great relationship," Tacoma Rainiers owner Mikal Thomsen said. "Our fans in Tacoma and I are all Mariners fans, so it is a natural thing to follow players on both teams from the fan standpoint. On the business side, the Mariners - to a person and as an organization - have been great to work with, and we look forward to maintaining this affiliation far into the future."

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Mariners reinstate Marco Gonzales; recall Matt Festa and Nick Rumbelow

Gonzales will start tonight's game vs. San Diego at Safeco Field

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Marco Gonzales, LHP, reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
• Matt Festa, RHP, recalled from AA Arkansas.
• Nick Rumbelow, RHP, recalled from AA Arkansas.

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Marco Gonzales, LHP, reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
• Matt Festa, RHP, recalled from AA Arkansas.
• Nick Rumbelow, RHP, recalled from AA Arkansas.

Gonzales (#32), Festa (#67) and Rumbelow (#52) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field.

Gonzales is scheduled to be the Mariners starting pitcher in tonight's (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field.

Gonzales, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 27 (retro to 8/24) with a cervical (neck) muscle strain. He is 12-9 with a 4.32 ERA (70 ER, 145.2 IP) with 128 strikeouts and 28 walks in 25 starts with the Mariners this season. He leads the club in wins, while ranking 2nd in strikeouts, 3rd in quality starts (12), 4th in starts and 4th in innings pitched. Through the end of July, the 6-foot-1, 199-pound left-hander ranked among American League leaders in wins (T4th, 12), ERA (10th, 3.37), BB/9.0 IP (5th, 1.79) and K/BB ratio (7th, 4.44). He tossed his 1st career complete game on June 29 vs. Kansas City, holding the Royals to 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 7. He was named to his 1st career Opening Day roster this season.

Gonzales split the 2017 season between Seattle and St. Louis, going 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA (27 ER, 40.0 IP) with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in in 11 games (8 starts). He was acquired by the Mariners from St. Louis in exchange for minor league outfielder Tyler O'Neill on July 21, 2017. Over his last 5 appearances (2 starts) of 2017, he went 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA (5 ER, 16.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts and 4 walks with the Mariners.

In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Cardinals (2014-15, '17) and Mariners (2017-c), he is 17-12 with a 4.72 ERA (117 ER, 223.0 IP) with 192 strikeouts and 61 walks in 47 games (39 starts). Gonzales, who resides in Seattle in the off-season, was drafted by St. Louis in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 2013 Draft out of Gonzaga University, becoming the highest draft pick in the history of the Bulldogs baseball program.

Festa, 25, is appearing in his 3rd stint with Seattle this season (also: 7/14-15 and 8/18-19). In 2 relief appearances with the Mariners this season, he has a 3.38 ERA (1 ER, 2.2 IP) with 1 walk. He made his Major League debut with Seattle on July 14 at Colorado, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings in relief. He led the Texas League in saves this season, successfully converting 20-of-22 (90.9%) opportunities. In 44 relief appearances with AA Arkansas, he went 5-2 with 20 saves and a 2.76 ERA (15 ER, 49.0 IP). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-hander struck out 67 while walking only 12 (5.58 K/BB ratio). He was named to the Texas League Postseason All-Star team.

The native of Brooklyn, NY, attended Dominican (NY) College in 2012 before transferring to East Stroudsburg University, where he became the highest draft pick in program history after the Mariners selected him in the 7th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Rumbelow, 27, is appearing in his 5th stint with the Seattle this season (also: 6/14-22, 7/4-12, 8/9-11 and 8/22-28). In 9 relief appearances with the Mariners this season, he has a 6.75 ERA (10 ER, 13.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts and 3 walks. The 6-foot, 190-pound right-hander went 1-0 with 2 saves and a 2.04 ERA (4 ER, 17.2 IP) with 25 strikeouts and 8 walks in 13 outings with AAA Tacoma this season. After being optioned to AA Arkansas on Aug. 28, Rumbelow has allowed only 2 hits in 2.0 scoreless innings over 2 appearances. He began the season on the Tacoma disabled list with a brachial plexus injury before being reinstated on June 5.

Rumbelow has appeared in the Majors with New York-AL (2015) and Seattle (2018-c) and is a combined 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA (17 ER, 29.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances. He was drafted by New York-AL in the 7th round of the 2013 amateur draft out of Louisiana State University. Rumbelow was acquired by the Mariners from the Yankees in exchange for minor leaguers JP Sears (lhp) and Juan Then (rhp) on Nov. 18, 2017.

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Mariners celebrate Japanese Heritage Night Sept. 7

Special guest "Iron Chef" Morimoto to throw out ceremonial first pitch

The Seattle Mariners are celebrating Japanese Heritage Night on Friday, September 7, when the New York Yankees come to Safeco Field for a three-game series.

Specially priced tickets are available for the game that include a Mariners Japanese Heritage Night T-shirt. Tickets are $25 for View Level and $40 for Main Level and are available online only at Mariners.com/Japan. The deadline to purchase tickets through this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6. 

The Seattle Mariners are celebrating Japanese Heritage Night on Friday, September 7, when the New York Yankees come to Safeco Field for a three-game series.

Specially priced tickets are available for the game that include a Mariners Japanese Heritage Night T-shirt. Tickets are $25 for View Level and $40 for Main Level and are available online only at Mariners.com/Japan. The deadline to purchase tickets through this online only offer is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6. 

Masaharu Morimoto, who rose to international fame as one of the stars of the television program Iron Chef, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Chef Morimoto, who has received numerous accolades for his cuisine and aesthetic, has announced he is opening a Momosan Ramen & Sake restaurant in Seattle in 2019, the third of his popular restaurants featuring the chef's signature take on Japanese-inspired ramen and grilled yakitori dishes plus a diverse selection of sake, beer and Japanese whiskey.

The Mariners hospitality partner, Centerplate, has collaborated with Chef Morimoto on a special dish for the Hit It Here Café menu. A spicy tempura rock shrimp appetizer is available through Friday's game for $16. The tempura battered bites are served on a bed of lettuce with a spicy Asian-style mayo dipping sauce.
 

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Mariners outright RHP Rob Whalen to AAA Tacoma

Whalen appeared in 1 game with the Mariners this season

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster move:

•    Rob Whalen, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster move:

•    Rob Whalen, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma. 

Whalen, 24, who was designated for assignment on September 1, appeared in 1 stint with the Mariners this season (6/14-17). He made 1 relief appearance with Seattle, working 4.0 scoreless innings in the Mariners 7-6 comeback win on June 15 vs. Boston, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced (1 H, 1 BB). He has made stops with 3 of the Mariners minor league affiliates this season. In 20 starts with AAA Tacoma, he was 7-7 with a 5.16 ERA (57 ER, 99.1 IP) with 92 strikeouts and 37 walks. He made 2 starts with AA Arkansas, where he was 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA (5 ER, 6.0 IP) with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound right-hander also made 2 starts with short-A Everett, going 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA (5 ER, 4.2 IP) with 5 strikeouts. 

Whalen was acquired by the Mariners from Atlanta along with Max Povse (rhp) in exchange for Alex Jackson (of) and Tyler Pike (lhp) on Nov. 28, 2016. He made his Major League debut with the Braves in 2016. In parts of 3 Major League seasons with the Braves (2016) and Mariners (2017-18), he is 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA (23 ER, 36.0 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 8 games (6 starts). The native of Stroudsburg, PA, was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Haines City High School (Haines City, FL). 

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Bee Ball: Mariners & Woodland Park Zoo partner with local author to call attention to the plight of pollinators

The Seattle Mariners have earned a reputation over the years for the team's environmental and sustainability programs. In fact, Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in all of professional sports. In 2017, the team won the Green Glove Award for recycling 96% of all waste generated at the ballpark. That's the highest recycling rate in all of Major League Baseball.

Now, the Mariners are joining with Woodland Park Zoo and local author Lynn Brunelle to draw attention to the plight of pollinators and the effects the dwindling beepopulation has on agriculture, our economy and the environment.

The Seattle Mariners have earned a reputation over the years for the team's environmental and sustainability programs. In fact, Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in all of professional sports. In 2017, the team won the Green Glove Award for recycling 96% of all waste generated at the ballpark. That's the highest recycling rate in all of Major League Baseball.

Now, the Mariners are joining with Woodland Park Zoo and local author Lynn Brunelle to draw attention to the plight of pollinators and the effects the dwindling beepopulation has on agriculture, our economy and the environment.

On Sunday, September 9, when the Mariners meet the New York Yankees, fans can get specially priced tickets for the game and learn how to help save bees. Tickets are $28 and include admission to a pregame educational event at the Outside Corner and a copy of Brunelle's bookTurn This Book Into A Beehive! (while supplies last). In addition, $5 from each ticket sold through the special online-only offer at Mariners.com/Bee,will benefit Woodland Park Zoo, which actively works to promote pollinator conservation programs.

Brunelle's book teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees and engages kids in bee life and behavior through fun activities. Following a few simple steps, kids can actually turn the book into a habitat for backyard bees, and do something simple to help reverse the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.

Brunelle, who makes her home on Bainbridge Island, specializes in books that bring science alive through fun, easy to do home-based experiments and activities. A four-time Emmy Award® winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy, Brunelle introduces kids to the mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees. Mason bees usually live in hollow reeds or holes in wood, but Brunelle's book shows how kids can make a home for them by rolling pages from the book into tubes and using the book's cover to create a hanging hive.

Turn This Book into a Beehive! is published by Workman, publisher of award-winning children's books as well as cookbooks, books on gardening, country living and parenting/pregnancy guides. Turn This Book Into A Beehive! is available at Workman.comAmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-Million andIndie Bound.

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Mariners recall Gordon Beckham, Casey Lawrence and Daniel Vogelbach

Mariners active roster is now at 35 players

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Gordon Beckham, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
• Casey Lawrence, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
• Daniel Vogelbach, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

• Gordon Beckham, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
• Casey Lawrence, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
• Daniel Vogelbach, INF, recalled from AAA Tacoma.

Beckham (#1), Lawrence (#61) and Vogelbach (#20) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (7:10 pm PT) game vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field.

Beckham, 31 (turns 32 on Sept. 16), is appearing in his 4th stint with Seattle this season (also: 5/14-31, 7/10-12 and 8/17-19). In 14 games with the Mariners this season, he is batting .222 (8x36) with 1 run, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks and 1 stolen base. In 94 games with AAA Tacoma this season, he hit .302 (108x358) with 64 runs, 24 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 51 RBI, 57 walks, a .400 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging mark (.858 OPS). He hit safely in 66 of his 94 games with the Rainiers, including 32 multi-hit games.

In parts of 10 Major League seasons with Chicago-AL (2009-14, 2015), Los Angeles-AL (2014), Atlanta (2016), San Francisco (2016) and Seattle (2017-c), he is a career .239 (759x3172) hitter with 174 doubles, 5 triples, 74 home runs and 336 RBI in 978 career games. The native of Atlanta, GA, was a 1st round selection (8th overall) by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.

Lawrence, 30, is appearing in his 5th stint with Seattle this season (also: Opening Day-4/14, 5/1-12, 7/13-28 and 8/9-13). In 8 relief appearances with the Mariners this season, he has posted an 8.31 ERA (16 ER, 17.1 IP) with 11 strikeouts and 7 walks. He made 19 appearances, including 16 starts, with AAA Tacoma this season, where he went 7-5 with 1 save and a 3.31 ERA (36 ER, 98.0 IP) with 89 strikeouts and 13 walks. He allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 16 starts, including 8 of his last 11 starts.

In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Blue Jays (2017) and Mariners (2017-c), he is 2-3 with a 6.81 ERA (55 ER, 72.2 IP) with 63 strikeouts and 32 walks in 35 games (2 starts). He was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from Toronto on May 11, 2017. The native of McSherrytown, PA, made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on April 8, 2017 at Tampa Bay. Lawrence was originally signed by Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on June 15, 2010.

Vogelbach, 25, is appearing in his 5th stint with Seattle this season (also: Opening Day-4/25, 5/22-27, 6/8-14, 7/20-30). In 25 games with the Mariners this season, he is batting .212 (14x66) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, 11 walks and a .342 on-base percentage. In 84 games with the Rainiers this season, he hit .290 (86x297) with 54 runs, 16 doubles, 20 home runs, 60 RBI, 77 walks, a .434 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging mark (.979 OPS). He led the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage, while ranking 2nd in walks, 3rd in OPS, 6th in slugging and T14th in home runs. From July 3 through the end of the triple-A regular season, he hit .320 (41x128) with 19 runs, 6 doubles, 7 home runs, 29 RBI and 26 walks in 34 games with the Rainiers.

Vogelbach made his Major League debut with Seattle in 2016, appearing in 8 games in September. He was acquired from Chicago-NL on July 20, 2016 along with Paul Blackburn (rhp) for Mike Montgomery (lhp) & Jordan Pries (rhp). In parts of 3 seasons with Seattle, he is batting .198 (21x106) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 2 HBP and 15 walks in 49 games. Vogelbach was originally selected by Chicago-NL in the 2nd round of 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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Nelson Cruz is Mariners nominee for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball today announced that Nelson Cruz is the Seattle Mariners 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Major League Baseball today announced that Nelson Cruz is the Seattle Mariners 2018 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.

The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

Each team nominates one current player to be considered for the award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5, marks the 17th Annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge the 30 team nominees. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.

Nelson Cruz is a six-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger, 2017 Edgar Martinez Award Winner, and Major League Baseball's active Home Run Leader since 2009. Since joining the Mariners in 2015, his impact off the field and in community has been equally impressive.

In September 2016, Nelson launched his Boomstick23 Foundation with the goal of creating social impact by empowering at-risk children and young people to develop leadership skills and abilities through education and sports.

The Boomstick23 Foundation partnered with Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle in honor Nelson's parents, who were both teachers, and their commitment to ensure that all students graduate from high school. At the Foundation's 2016 kickoff event in Seattle, Nelson presented a $10,000 check to the school's principal along with equipment for the school's baseball team. In 2018, Nelson provided 10 scholarships for Chief Sealth students.

During Spring Training this year, Nelson and the Boomstick23 Foundation teamed up with Billy Hamilton, of the Cincinnati Reds, and Amyloidosis Support Groups to help raise funds and awareness at the 8th Annual Celebrity Bartender Night in Scottsdale, AZ. The event raised $22,000 for to support those living with amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by a buildup of protein that can affect the heart, liver, spleen, nervous system and digestive tract. Severe cases can lead to life-threatening organ failure.

Nelson is also committed to the health and safety of the people of his native Dominican Republic. In 2012, he donated a fire truck to the Las Matas de Santa Cruz Fire Department, which provides services to tens of thousands of people. In 2015, his first season in Seattle, Nelson partnered with the Seattle Fire Department to collect surplus equipment, including boots, pants, jackets, gloves, and helmets to donate to firefighters in his hometown. 

Nelson also serves as a spokesman for AID FOR AIDS International and the "Un Batazo Contra El VIH," (A Hit Against HIV) initiative. AID FOR AIDS is a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV, and the population at large, through prevention, access to treatment, advocacy and education. Nelson also served as an awards presenter at the AID FOR AIDS annual "My Hero" Gala in New York.

Nelson has participated in numerous PLAY BALL events, a collaborative initiative between MLB, USA Baseball, and USA Softball that aims to give kids an opportunity to play baseball and softball. He also takes part each year in various Mariners Care activities including DREAM Team assemblies, Mariners Education Day and Home Runs for Education.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto's wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning tomorrow, fans can vote for nominees at mlb.com/clemente21. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees. Voting will close on September 18. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.

Mariners players have received the Clemente Award three times: Harold Reynolds in 1991; Jamie Moyer in 2003; Edgar Martinez in 2004.

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Mariners add 7 players as rosters expand

Mariners reinstate LHP James Paxton from DL; Recall RHP Chasen Bradford, RHP Ryan Cook, C David Freitas and LHP James Pazos; Select RHP Justin Grimm and INF/OF Kristopher Negrón; Outright RHP Christian Bergman; DFA RHP Rob Whalen

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

•    James Paxton, LHP, reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
•    Chasen Bradford, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    Ryan Cook, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    David Freitas, C, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    James Pazos, LHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    Justin Grimm, RHP, selected from AAA Tacoma.
•    Kristopher Negrón, INF/OF, selected from AAA Tacoma. 
•    Christian Bergman, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma.
•    Rob Whalen, RHP, designated for assignment. 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves:

•    James Paxton, LHP, reinstated from the 10-day disabled list.
•    Chasen Bradford, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    Ryan Cook, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    David Freitas, C, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    James Pazos, LHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma.
•    Justin Grimm, RHP, selected from AAA Tacoma.
•    Kristopher Negrón, INF/OF, selected from AAA Tacoma. 
•    Christian Bergman, RHP, outrighted to AAA Tacoma.
•    Rob Whalen, RHP, designated for assignment. 

Paxton (#65), Bradford (#60), Cook (#46), Freitas (#36), Pazos (#47), Grimm (#57) and Negrón (#45) will be in uniform and available for tonight's (6:05 pm PT) game vs. the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Paxton is scheduled to be the Mariners starting pitcher in tonight's game. 

The Mariners now have 7 days to trade, release or outright to the minors the contract of Whalen. 

Paxton, 29, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left forearm contusion on Aug. 15 after being struck on the left forearm by a line drive off the bat of Jed Lowrie in the 1st inning on Aug. 14 at Oakland. In 24 starts with the Mariners this season, he is 10-5 with a 3.68 ERA (57 ER, 139.1 IP) with 176 strikeouts and 37 walks. Among American League leaders, he ranks 8th in strikeouts and 5th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.37/176 K, 139.1 IP). The 6-4, 235-pound left-hander has struck out 10-or-more batters in 7 starts this season, T4th-most in the AL. Paxton pitched the 6th no-hitter in Mariners history on May 8 at Toronto. He became the first American League pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game (5/2 vs. OAK) and a no-hitter in the same season since Nolan Ryan in 1991.  

The Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, native is 40-25 with a 3.38 ERA (211 ER, 561.1 IP) with 585 strikeouts and 163 walks in 98 career starts. Paxton was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft and has spent 8 years in the Mariners organization, including parts of 6 Major League seasons. 

Bradford, 29, is appearing in his 4th stint with Seattle this season (also: 4/9-7/31, 8/3-9 & 8/19-8/21). In 38 relief appearances with the Mariners this season, he is 5-0 with a 3.23 ERA (17 ER, 47.1 IP) with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks. His 47.1 innings pitched are 2nd-most among Mariners relievers (Edwin Díaz, 64.0 IP). Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma on Aug. 21, the 6-foot-1, 230-pound right-hander is 1-for-1 in save opportunities and has struck out 3 in 2.2 scoreless innings across 3 relief appearances. Overall, he has 1 save in 7 games with the Rainiers this season, striking out 4 in 6.2 scoreless innings. 

Bradford was claimed off waivers by Seattle from the Mets on Jan. 19, 2018. In parts of 2 big league seasons with the Mets (2017) and Mariners (2018-c), he is 7-0 with a 3.44 ERA (31 ER, 81.0 IP) with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks. The native of Las Vegas, NV, was originally selected by the Mets in the 35th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of the University of Central Florida.

Cook, 30, is appearing in his 2nd stint with Seattle this season (also: 5/17-6/22). In 11 games with the Mariners this season, he is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA (7 ER, 9.1 IP) with 14 strikeouts and 6 walks. Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma on June 22, he is 0-1 with 1 save and a 2.25 ERA (5 ER, 20.0 IP) with 20 strikeouts and 14 walks in 21 appearances. Overall, he is 0-2 with 3 saves and a 2.16 ERA (8 ER, 33.1 IP) with 37 strikeouts and 17 walks in 34 outings with the Rainiers this season. 

Cook has appeared in parts of 6 Major League seasons with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012-15), Boston (2015) and Seattle (2018-c), compiling a record of 14-13 with 17 saves and a 3.58 ERA (86 ER, 216.1 IP) while striking out 224 and walking 95. The native of Clovis, CA, signed a 2-year minor league contract with the Mariners on Nov. 14, 2016. He missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on Oct. 20, 2016. He was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Southern California. 

Freitas, 29, is appearing in his 4th stint with Seattle this season (also: 3/30-5/27, 5/30-6/18 and 7/5-22). The 6-foot-2, 240-pound catcher is batting .192 (15x78) with 8 runs, 4 doubles, 1 home run, 4 RBI and 8 walks in 29 games with the Mariners this season. He belted his first career Major League home run on July 11 at Los Angeles-AL. Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma on July 22, he is batting .330 (34x103) with 12 runs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 18 RBI and 12 walks in 27 games. Overall, in 39 games with the Rainiers, he is batting .349 (51x146) with 15 runs, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 23 RBI and 17 walks. 

Freitas was claimed off waivers by Seattle from Atlanta on October 27, 2017. In parts of 2 Major League seasons with the Braves (2017) and Mariners (2018-c), he is batting .200 (19x95) with 10 runs, 6 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI in 35 games. He was originally selected by Washington in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the University of Hawaii - Manoa. 

Pazos, 27, is appearing in his 2nd stint (also: Opening Day-8/18) with the Mariners this season after spending the first 4-and-a-half months of the season with the club. He is 3-1 with 17 holds and a 2.68 ERA (12 ER, 40.1 IP) with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in 49 relief appearances with the Mariners this season. His 17 holds are tied for 12th-most in the American League. Earlier this season, the southpaw equaled the club record for consecutive relief appearances without a walk, set by Charlie Furbush in 2014. Pazos did not issue a walk in 26 straight outings, April 7 - June 12, a span of 22.1 innings pitched. Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma on Aug. 18, he has made 3 relief appearances, striking out 2 and walking 1 in 3.1 scoreless innings.  

Pazos was acquired by the Mariners from New York-AL in exchange for Zack Littell (rhp) on Nov. 18, 2016. The native of Gilbert, AZ, made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2015. In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Yankees (2015-16) and Mariners (2017-c), he is 8-6 with 27 holds and a 3.52 ERA (40 ER, 102.1 IP) with 106 strikeouts and 38 walks in 126 career relief appearances. Pazos was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 40th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft but did not sign. He was selected and signed by the Yankees out of the 13th round of the 2012 Draft. 

Grimm, 30, has made 10 relief appearances with AAA Tacoma this season, posting a record of 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER, 11.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts and 2 walks. He has not allowed a run in 7 of his last 8 outings (10.0 IP), holding opponents to a .200 (7x35) average against while recording 16 strikeouts and 2 walks. Prior to joining the Rainiers, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander appeared in 2 games with short-A Everett, allowing 1 run in 2.0 innings (4.50 ERA) while striking out 3 and walking 2. He began the season on the Kansas City Royals Opening Day roster and went 1-3 with a 13.50 ERA (19 ER, 12.2 IP) with 8 strikeouts and 14 walks in 16 relief appearances. In 9 games with AAA Omaha (Kansas City), he was 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA (9 ER, 9.1 IP) with 13 strikeouts and 6 walks.  

Grimm signed with the Mariners as a minor league free agent on July 19. He was originally drafted by Boston in the 13th round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign. He was selected and signed by Texas in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of the University of Georgia. He made his Major League debut with the Rangers in 2012. In parts of 7 Major League seasons with Texas (2012-13), Chicago-NL (2013-17) and Kansas City (2018), he is 20-23 with a 5.02 ERA (196 ER, 351.1 IP) with 358 strikeouts and 154 walks in 301 games, including 19 starts. 

Negrón, 32, was acquired by the Mariners from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations Thursday (8/30). He appeared in 2 games this season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. He spent most of the year with AAA Reno, appearing in 118 games and batting .283 (105x371) with 17 doubles, 5 triples, 15 home runs and 45 RBI. 

Negrón has appeared in parts of 5 Major League seasons with Cincinnati (2012, 2014-15) and Arizona (2017-18), combining to appear in 112 games with a .216 (58x269) average with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 21 RBI.

He has appeared in the Majors at every position except pitcher and catcher, making starts at the other 7 positions on the field. In his career he's appeared at: first base (4 games, 3 starts); second base (24 games, 17 starts); third base (27 games, 23 starts); shortstop (17 games, 11 starts); left field (16 games, 4 starts); center field (6 games, 3 starts) and right field (3 games, 2 starts).

Bergman, 30, appeared in 3 stints with the Mariners this season (5/16-17, 7/13 and 8/15-18), going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA (9 ER, 14.0 IP) with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks in 3 games (2 starts). In 25 games (24 starts) with AAA Tacoma this season, he is 8-10 with a 5.00 ERA (76 ER, 136.2 IP) with 111 strikeouts and 38 walks. 

Bergman has appeared in parts of 5 Major League seasons with Colorado (2014-16) and Seattle (2017-c), compiling a record of 11-15 with a 5.59 ERA (134 ER, 215.2 IP) with 130 strikeouts and 49 walks in 71 games (25 starts). The native of Glendale, CA, was originally selected by Colorado in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of UC Irvine. He made his Major League debut with the Rockies on June 9, 2014 vs. Atlanta. 

Whalen, 24, appeared in 1 stint with the Mariners this season (6/14-17). He made 1 relief appearance with Seattle, working 4.0 scoreless innings in the Mariners 7-6 comeback win on June 15 vs. Boston, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced (1 H, 1 BB). He has made stops with 3 of the Mariners minor league affiliates this season. In 20 starts with AAA Tacoma, he was 7-7 with a 5.16 ERA (57 ER, 99.1 IP) with 92 strikeouts and 37 walks. He made 2 starts with AA Arkansas, where he was 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA (5 ER, 6.0 IP) with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound right-hander also made 2 start with short-A Everett, going 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA (5 ER, 4.2 IP) with 5 strikeouts. 

Whalen was acquired by the Mariners from Atlanta along with Max Povse (rhp) in exchange for Alex Jackson (of) and Tyler Pike (lhp) on Nov. 28, 2016. He made his Major League debut with the Braves in 2016. In parts of 3 Major League seasons with the Braves (2016) and Mariners (2017-18), he is 1-3 with a 5.75 ERA (23 ER, 36.0 IP) with 27 strikeouts and 15 walks in 8 games (6 starts). The native of Stroudsburg, PA, was originally selected by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Haines City High School (Haines City, FL.). 

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