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Today’s Interview: Casey Brett

I pulled double duty and got two interviews yesterday afternoon, so I’m sharing the second one today.  I caught up with Casey Brett, the Assistant to Director of Minor League Operations Pedro Grifol.  The son of 14-year MLB vet Ken Brett and nephew of Hall-of-Famer George Brett, Casey attained his position with the Mariners prior to last year and is one of the bright new faces of Seattle’s player development department.

Casey talks about his path to the position, growing up in the baseball-rich Brett family, his thoughts on the 2011 LumberKings and more.

Listen Here:  Casey Brett Interview 5.14.11

Today’s Game Notes:  5.15.11 kingsnotes

The Kings close the series with Wisconsin at 2:00 PM today.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

LumberKings, Mariners Extend through 2012

The big news of the day on the eve of the first round of the playoffs…

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings and Seattle Mariners have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract through the 2012 season, announced today by the two clubs.  The agreement keeps Seattle’s low-A affiliate in Clinton for two more years following a successful two-year partnership that began in 2009.

 

“We’re excited to be continuing a fantastic relationship with the Mariners, one that has brought success on and off the field for two seasons,” said LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow.  “Seattle has provided us with talented coaches and players and has stayed competitive for two seasons, giving us much to look forward to through 2012.”

 

After a 2009 season that saw the LumberKings narrowly miss the post-season with a 69-68 overall record (fourth in the Midwest League’s West Division), the 2010 edition of the club went 74-65, qualifying for the playoffs as the second-half West Division Wild Card.

 

“We are pleased to have reached agreement with the Clinton LumberKings on an extension of our player development agreement”, Mariners’ Director of Player Development Pedro Grifol said.  “Clinton has provided a great environment for our players to experience championship baseball.  The LumberKings ownership has been great to work with for us, the players get a first-class environment and get to play in front of great fans”.

Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik added some quotes in Seattle’s formal release:

“We are happy to continue our relationship with the Clinton LumberKings,” said Zduriencik. “Clinton continues to be a place where our prospects have developed and our working relationship has been a positive one. We’d like to thank the great Clinton fans for their continued support and wish the LumberKings the best of luck as they begin the postseason in search of a Midwest League championship.”

-DL

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.

-DL

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