Lots of new faces as Mariners begin introductions
The Mariners are having their first team meeting with pitchers and catchers this morning and will hit the field shortly to begin workouts.
It’s always interesting to see the first day of camp, when old teammates exchange greetings and newcomers begin feeling their way into the group like new kids on the first day of school.
“You always look forward to this day throughout the offseason,” said catcher Adam Moore. “The time is here. Now we’re going to get after it, get to work and turn it around from last year. That’s the No. 1 goal, to turn it around and do things a little different around here.”
The first group to throw today will be Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, Garrett Olson, Michael Pineda and Nate Robertson.
They’ll be followed by Denny Bautista, Dan Cortes, Manny Delcarmen, Charlie Haeger, Josh Lueke and Mauricio Robles and the final group will be Blake Beavan, Fabio Castro, Yoervis Medina, Edward Paredes and Chaz Roe.
The other half of the Mariners staff — including Felix Hernandez — will throw their first bullpens Tuesday and the groups will then alternate days the rest of the week.
Moore, one of five catchers in camp, hasn’t worked with a lot of these pitchers. Of the 33 pitchers in camp, 19 have never pitched for Seattle in the Major Leagues and a dozen haven’t even been in Mariners camp before.
But that’s part of the annual process of baseball.
“It’s the same every year,” Moore said. “You want to come in here, meet the guys, work with the guys you haven’t caught before in bullpen sessions, understand what they’re trying to do and just go from there.”
Reliever Manny Delcarmen, who spent the first 5 1/2 seasons of his Major League career with his hometown Red Sox, was among those feeling his way through a new situation.
“I know [David] Pauley and [David] Aardsma and Chris Smith from Boston, so it’s always easier when you know somebody,” Delcarmen said. “This is a fresh start and it’s all the way on the West Coast, so it’s a little different. I’ve been in Fort Myers [Florida] the last 10 years and now I’m in Arizona, so it’s a little change, but I’m definitely excited about it.”