My favorite photos from Peoria this spring

The Mariners are breaking camp today, headed for one last game against the Rockies at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale before flying to Anaheim to start the season on Monday night.

Before we go, just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the spring. If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, this will at least save me a lot of writing today. Enjoy!

Fernando Rodney and his crooked cap became a familiar sight this spring in Peoria.
Rodney, Fernando
Erasmo Ramirez never seems to go anywhere without his friendly smile.
Ramirez, Erasmo
Roenis Elias turned out to be the biggest surprise of camp, jumping from Double-A ball to a starting rotation berth.
Elias, Roenis

New skipper Lloyd McClendon enjoyed being back in the manager’s role.
McClendon Lloyd
McClendon will enjoy things even more if he can get improvement from Justin Smoak and some of the other key youngsters in the lineup.
Smoak, McClendon

Kyle Seager imparted his wisdom on young shortstop Brad Miller: “Yup, this is a baseball.”

Dustin Ackley and his beard had a big spring. Ackley hit over .400.  The beard batted 1.000.
Ackley, Dustin (2)

Things are looking up for catcher Mike Zunino, who looked comfortable from the start both at the plate and behind it.
Zunino, Mike

Outfield coach Andy Van Slyke was a looming presence with his energetic approach.

Robinson Cano fit in immediately with his easy-going style. It didn’t hurt that he hit .500 much of the spring as well.
Cano, Robinson

And if everything comes together, you’ll see a lot more of Happy Felix this season.
Felix smiling


you are the bomb🙂 Thank you for the pictures. I was at ST this year for 3 days. My second time. I am not as good with the camera as you are though. Good work again this year. I hope you get to write more of the pre game articles this year.

Loved the pictures Greg!

Nice work, Greg. And thanks for your captions. While the picture is often worth 1000 words, it’s always great to get some of the context as well — which might not be possible without the scribe.

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