Richie Sexson worked out early and has the rest of the day off to be with his son, who came down with a case of pneumonia late last night. Sexson has three kids.
Sexson popped his head into John McLaren’s often about 10 minutes before the team was set to take the field to let McLaren know he was headed to Scottsdale to be with his family.
* McLaren went into great length the how the addition of Miguel Cairo is going to benefit the Mariners.
There were times last season where in-game strategy was affected on when to use Willie Bloomquist as a pinch runner or defensive replacement. There were times where McLaren said they held off using Bloomquist to come in and steal a base and instead saved him for later in the game. And sometimes that thinking never allowed them to use Bloomquist at all.
But having Cairo around allows McLaren two options for the same scenario.
* Special instructor Richie Amaral is at the complex today and in uniform. He’ll be working with players on base running and base stealing. Jay Buhner was also supposed to be here today, but I hadn’t seen him as of late.
* Miguel Batista, the Mariners renaissance man, got to meet one of his heroes last night — Kenny G. Yeah, that’s not a typo. Batista loves Kenny G and he went to the Dodge Theater in Phoenix to meet the artist and watch him perform. We weren’t able to grab Batista before the workout, but we’ll see if we can get his thoughts afterward. Accoring to a couple people with the Mariners, Batista was quite giddy all evening.