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Spring Training, Day 3

Hello again from the hotel computer lab!

I’m still unable to load pictures and video (trust me, there’s plenty more), but I’ll give you a brief update of my day thus far.

I spent the afternoon back out at Peoria, this time checking out the back fields as the Mariners geared up for a 1:00 PM game against the San Diego Padres.  I didn’t run into any former LumberKings out there, but I did get the chance to see current Kings manager John Tamargo, Special Assistant John Boles, Director of Player Development Pedro Grifol and General Manager Jack Zduriencik.

I unfortunately missed the Felix Hernandez/Cliff Lee simulated game by just minutes, but I did get a nice souvenir.  Upon seeing JT, he handed me the last baseball used by Lee in his session.

I shot a few photos of Dustin Ackley getting some cuts and also got a good look at Eric Byrnes and Franklin Gutierrez as they took BP.

Following that, I met up with Jeff Evans and Fernando Alcala of the Mariners’ Media Relations staff and was able to talk shop and get a behind-the-scenes look inside their offices.  I also got my hands on my first Mariners’ 2010 Media Guide and a trip to the pressbox.

At the game, I was able to chat with former LumberKings right-hander Andrew Carraway (’09), the man scheduled for emergency duty out of the bullpen today.  I snapped a few pictures and got video of Carraway throwing in the pen, but unfortunately he did not get into what turned out to be a 9-3 Mariners’ loss.

As soon as I can, I’ll get pictures and video up on the Peoria back diamonds and Carraway’s big-league bullpen session.

Tomorrow, I venture out to Camelback Ranch to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Chicago White Sox.  Hopefully I’ll see Manny being Manny, some “he gone” action and more.


Special Guest: John Boles


Boles April 09.jpgSpecial Assistant to GM Zack Zduriencik of the Mariners, John Boles is here in Clinton getting a look at the talent on the roster.  He’s pictured above, talking with LumberKings’ outfielder Daniel Carroll.

I had the opportunity to catch the two-time Florida Marlins manager and Seattle talent evaluator on my pregame show for tonight.  Amongst the topics we covered, his thoughts on Carroll and Denny Almonte, other offensive stars like Nate Tenbrink and Travis Howell, the strong starting rotation of Steven Hensley, Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic, and the Mariners themselves.

Listen Here: 
John Boles Interview 4.29.09.mp3

The LumberKings get a tough test with the 14-4 Fort Wayne TinCaps coming in for a three-game series starting tonight.  Listen to the game online at