The Mariners player their first baseball of the spring today, a four-inning intrasquad game that will feature more than 30 players.
For the fun of it, here’s a look at the 25 players who will make up the opening day roster on April 2. Barring a trade or injury, here’s that roster:
Rotation (5): RHP Felix Hernandez, LHP Jarrod Washburn, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Horacio Ramirez, RHP Jeff Weaver.
Bullpen (7): RHPs J.J. Putz, Chris Reitsma, Julio Mateo and Jon Huber, LHPs Arthur Rhodes, George Sherrill and Jake Woods.
Catchers (2): Kenji Johjima and Rene Rivera.
Infielders (6): Richie Sexson, Jose Lopez, Adrian Beltre, Yuniesky Betancourt, Willie Bloomquist, Ben Broussard.
Outfielders (4): Raul Ibanez, Ichiro Suzuki, Jose Guillen, Jeremy Reed.
DH (1): Jose Vidro.
All this, of course, before a single inning has been played – this wasn’t the spring to come to camp as a rookie, and Huber is the only first-year player who will make the team.
When general managers and managers feel the heat, they go with veterans.