Pictures from Peoria: Saturday version

Saturday was a light day at Mariners camp as manager Lloyd McClendon gave the pitchers a day off from throwing, as planned, with coaches tossing batting practice on the various fields at the Peoria complex.

Things heat back up on Sunday and Monday with live batting practice sessions, then Tuesday brings an intrasquad game leading up to Thursday’s Cactus League opener. So, yeah, games aren’t too far away. As for today’s news, you can get it all here in my Saturday notebook, which includes the story of Felix Hernandez and seven other teammates from Venezuela making a statement for peace in their homeland, where political strife has made for an explosive situation.

I also wrote about Kendrys Morales being the last big bat on the market after Nelson Cruz signed with the Orioles, along with Lloyd McClendon’s thoughts on replay and some other tidbits from camp. You can read all that here.

And if it’s photos you’re looking for, here ya go:

McClendon can have a stern demeanor at times, but the new skipper likes to have fun as well and enjoyed himself during a run-down drill when he stepped in as a baserunner and broke for second, with bat in hand.

McClendon Lloyd

Kyle Seager talks hitting with batting instructor Howard Johnson.
Seager and HoJo

Veteran catcher John Buck works with Mike Zunino, a pretty common sight at camp in the early going.
Buck and Zunino

Johnson, the new hitting coach, chats with Willie Bloomquist.
HoJo and Bloomquist

John Hicks is soaking up things in his second Major League camp as one of seven catchers getting work.
Hicks, Dan

Right fielder Corey Hart is hard to miss, a big man at 6-foot-6 and a big part of the Mariners’ offensive plans.
Hart, Corey

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