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A weekly discussion of off-season Mariners baseball, featuring Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  • April 1, 2015 - Hour: 1
    It's the final edition of the Cactus League Report for 2015. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik stops by to give a team status report heading into the regular season and talks about trading Erasmo Ramirez to the Rays for LHP Mike Montgomery. We listen to an encore presentation of the Nelson Cruz interview from last week. Also Logan Morrison and Dominic Leone stop by to talk about being ready for the regular season and end by speaking in Boston accents.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  • March 25, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Live from the ballpark in Peoria. Aaron Goldsmith talks to new Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz about growing up in the Dominican and being involved in playoff series. Rick Rizzs talks to Mariners 2nd baseman Robinson Cano about what he expects from the Mariners with the new additions to the roster. Shannon Drayer talks to Felix Hernandez who gives his expectations of the team and his offseason vacation around eastern Europe.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  • March 18, 2015 - Hour: 1
    The Cactus League Report live from the Salty Seniorita in Peoria, AZ. Hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Shannon Drayer talk about not counting out Erasmo Ramirez from the starting rotation as he is out of options and having a good spring. Outfielder James Jones and pitcher Tyler Olson talk about their push to make the team and some adjustments they've made this spring. Jim Caple of ESPN joins the show to give a national perspective on the Mariners and how he got started as a writer.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

  • March 11, 2015 - Hour: 1
    It's the "Cactus League Report" live from the Salty Seniorita in Peoria. Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about being encouraged by Danny Hultzen's first outing in over a year. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his first season in the league and battling adversity at the plate. Mariners starting shortstop candidate Brad Miller talks about battling his early season slump last season and becoming 'battle tested'. Mariners IF/OF prospect Patrick Kivelehan talks about his conversion from playing college football into baseball and his track through the minors.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

  • March 4, 2015 - Hour: 1
    It's the first 2015 edition of the Cactus League Report live from Peoria, Arizona. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon who talks about today's win, the reemergence of Jesus Montero and a bit on the shortstop competition maybe being a 3-person race. Mariners 3rd baseman Kyle Seager talks about getting back into the swing of things and a little heckling from his younger brother. Pitchers Tom Wilhelmsen and Charlie Furbush talk about their starring roles in a new Mariners commercial and the communication they have between McClendon. Plus Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes on to talk about the state of the team and compares them to other AL West foes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • February 24, 2015 - Hour: 2
    Rick, Aaron and Dave talk to Shannon Drayer who is down in Peoria taking a look at how the bullpen might shake out with Joe Saunders now in the fold. Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke talks about his first year with the Mariners last year and how he is glad the Mariners no longer play on AstroTurf. Also MLB Senior Vice President Chris Marinak talks about the pace of play and replay rules that are being implemented this season.
  • February 24, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Hosts Rick Rizzs, Aaron Goldsmith and Dave Valle talk to NY Times writer Tyler Kepner about the pace of play rules and A-Rod's return to the Yankees. He also says the Mariners should be a favorite in the AL West. Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor talks about his offseason and what he expects in the battle for starting SS.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  • February 17, 2015 - Hour: 2
    Aaron, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners 1st base and infielder's coach Chris Woodward who gives his thoughts on the shortstop battle. Mariners trainer (since 1983) Rick Griffin joins the show and talks about his first training experience with the rodeo and how his first game with Seattle, was actually the first Major League game he'd ever been to.
  • February 17, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports about the national outlook on the Mariners as a legitimate playoff contender. Mariners catcher Mike Zunino talks about his offseason and working on hitting the other way. We listen to another national baseball voice in ESPN's Jayson Stark who says a GM predicts the Mariners in the World Series.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

  • February 10, 2015 - Hour: 2
    Rick, Shannon and Mike talk to Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney who gives us a look at upcoming promotions. Plus a two segment interview with Rob Neyer of SB Nation who gives us a look at the Mariners and the rest of the AL West. Plus they look at possible solutions to speed up pace of games.
  • February 10, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers talk about moving day as the trucks head to Arizona. Mariners 3rd base coach Rich Donnelly talks about his offseason in Ohio and looking forward to getting back on the field again. Mariners shortstop Brad Miller talks about his offseason and reminisces about his big day in Kansas City last season.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  • February 3, 2015 - Hour: 2
    Aaron, Shannon and Bill talk to Chris Calcaterra with the Peoria Sports Complex who talks about all the improvements made this year. Texas Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel joins the show and talks about originally wanting to be a hockey broadcaster. he also talks about the upcoming season for the Rangers after the disaster in 2014. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune talks about what he expects to see from the Mariners in 2015.
  • February 3, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Bill Krueger talk to Mariners hitting coach Howard Johnson who talks about the hard work Dustin Ackley has put in and the team's belief that he will reach the expectations put upon him. Also Mariners minor leaguer DJ Peterson joins the show and talks about his first year as a professional.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

  • January 27, 2015 - Hour: 2
    Rick, Shannon and Dave talk to Mariners Director of Public Information Rebecca Hale who talks about the new LED lights and new alternate uniforms. Former Mariners pitcher and current Angels broadcaster Mark Langston talks about the Angels and how they stack up with the Mariners, saying the AL West is the best division in baseball. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times joins the show to talk about the pace of play and how batters stepping out of the batter's box wasn't tolerated over 20 years ago. They also go into new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred's comment on trying to limit defensive shifts.
  • January 27, 2015 - Hour: 1
    Hosts Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Dave Valle talk to Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn who gives us an update on the progress of Alex Jackson, Patrick Kivlehan and Danny Hultzen. Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker talks about last season and now knowing he has the ability to pitch during the stretch run. He also talks about the many shoes he has.
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