Pictures from Peoria: Friday’s fun in the sun

Lots of outfield news from Mariners camp today. I talked to outfield coach Andy Van Slyke, a three-time All-Star and very intense personality who is making a big impact right out of the gate with his unique approach. You can read that story here.

And my notebook with all the news of the day includes Lloyd McClendon talking about Dustin Ackley focusing on left field, plus an update on Taijuan Walker and Felix Hernandez and a back issue that sidelined Brandon Maurer.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from a sunny Friday:

Van Slyke has his outfield group pointed in the right direction with his aggressive early workouts.

VanSlykeBat

Danny Farquhar was one of 14 pitchers who threw live batting practice today.
Farquhar, Danny

Charlie Furbush throws up his hands after giving up a batting practice bomb to Michael Saunders in what was the first home run of live BP. “Somebody had to be first,” Furbush said.
Furbush, Charlie 2

Justin Smoak makes a tough catch during pop-up drills.
Smoak catch

Veteran outfielder Endy Chavez waits his turn to hit.
Chavez, Endy

Pitching coach Rick Waits offers words of wisdom to young right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen.
Waits-Kohlscheen

Shortstop Nick Franklin and second baseman Robinson Cano have all eyes to the skies awaiting a pop fly.
Franklin-Cano popup

1 Comment

Smoak loves digging out those low throws or stretching all the way for a wide throw. Look at the guy’s face. How can anybody give up on a guy like that?

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