My apologies for the quiet blog the last couple days. I’ve flown home to Seattle to spend a little time with the family before gearing up for the final three weeks of camp and then the regular season. But MLB.com veteran John Schlegel is more-than-capably filling in on the beat with all the Mariners news on Mariners.com until my return on Thursday.
And to keep the blog fresh in the meantime, here are some pictures I took earlier in camp that I haven’t had a chance to unveil yet:
Felix Hernandez and catcher Mike Zunino have been working together regularly and seem to be building a good rapport.
Brad Miller has had a strong camp so far as he competes head-to-head with Nick Franklin for the shortstop job.
Veteran lefty reliever Joe Beimel is one of several non-roster invitees who appear to have strong shots at making the 25-man roster.
Scott Baker is another non-roster guy that has done very well and has an excellent chance at making the starting rotation.
First-base coach Andy Van Slyke (left) and third base coach Rich Donnelly have brought a lot of personality and experience to Lloyd McClendon’s new staff.
Young shortstop Chris Taylor, last year’s Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, has impressed coaches with his defensive ability and solid play.
Things were looking up in this drill for infielder Willie Bloomquist and right fielder Corey Hart as they converge on a pop-up.