Seattle Mariners spring training is just around the corner and while we don’t have all the info we need, we do have more than a few dates of importance locked in.
Mariners fans may not be looking forward to the 2020 regular season. But baseball, like spring itself, is the inevitable reality of the world. So while the win totals in 2020 may be low, the enthusiasm surrounding Mother Nature’s rebirth should not be understated.
With that in mind, the Mariners have announced a few important dates that fans should remember. Let’s dive into the schedule and mark the calendar for these semi-important dates.
First up, a day baseball nerds simply refer to as “truck day”. On this day, the Mariners load up the trucks with their equipment to ship to Peoria to set up the spring training facility. It has no real significance to most, but to others, it can be considered a promissory note that baseball will soon arrive. This year, truck day lands on Monday, February 3rd.
Next up, the more important day that includes 4 of the best words in all of sports, “pitchers and catchers report”. If ever there is a clearer indication of baseball season around the corner, it is the phrase “pitchers and catchers”.
This will be our first look at the Mariners and while we won’t tell much, we will be delighted to see the video and hear the pop of the glove and the clacking of cleats. Music to our ears. On February 12th they report, and on February 13th they will have their first workout.
The position players will report on February 17th and the first full-squad workout will commence on the 18th. Four days later, Seattle will play their first Cactus League game, playing the San Diego Padres in a matchup of Vedder Cup rivals.
Finally and most importantly, the Mariners will open the 2020 regular season on March 26th at home against the new-look Texas Rangers.
We are still waiting for the spring training TV schedule on Root Sports, but that should come soon. Baseball is just around the corner and every minor milestone feels like a major barrier passed after the 4+ months without baseball.