Picture this: A sun-warmed baseball field, the call of peanut vendors, a pitch cracking off of Justin Smoak’s bat for a grand slam…
Sounds great, right? While the Mariners Cactus League games won’t be televised until Monday, March 4, MLB.com offers a snippet of the spring training action in Peoria.
First up, postgame interviews with Justin Smoak and Danny Hultzen. Following Saturday’s 8-6 drubbing of the San Diego Padres, Smoak appeared confident and determined heading into the season. His offseason adjustments included shortening his swing, which appeared to come in handy as he took Brad Boxberger deep to the right-field berm.
Hultzen spoke to his struggles in Triple-A last year, citing them as an “important process to go through” as he climbs his way to the majors. His goal this spring? To throw quality strikes and let the rest of the team field what they can.
Next, Robert Andino discussed his experience as a utility infielder and the process of re-adjusting to live pitching in spring training.
Finally, Lucas Luetge offered a little insight into the dynamics of spring training camp. While he is focused on personal adjustments—regaining control of his pitches, refining his fastball command—he made it clear that every position on the 25-man roster will be fought for.
Want more? Head over to Geoff Baker’s Mariners blog on the Seattle Times’ website. He offers coverage of Felix Hernandez’s bullpen session, a peek at the fan experience in Peoria, and an interview with, well, himself.