Morrison not afraid to say (or tweet) what he thinks

Staff writerJanuary 26, 2014 

Be warned, Mariners fans, if you don’t already know: Quipsters don’t come much quicker than Logan Morrison, a multiposition player acquired last month in a trade from the Miami Marlins.

The first question Saturday to Morrison at the Mariners FanFest concerned his health. That’s not unexpected — Morrison battled knee injuries the past two seasons.

“The body is good to go,” he shot back. “The mind is never 100 percent. I’ve always got problems there.”

Morrison, 26, is best known to some as a quirky (and often voluminous) Twitter practitioner.

“I just haven’t been on it as much (lately),” he said. “I go in spurts with it. I get tired of it for a little bit, and then I get on there. A lot of ‘Are you a Seahawks fan?’ questions. The answer to that is, ‘In this game, yes.’ ”

Ah, the Super Bowl.

Morrison is spending the winter in Denver, which he viewed as the best fit for his offseason regimen, but he’s far from a Broncos fan.

“No,” he said. “No chance. I’m from Kansas City, Missouri. A Broncos fan? I can’t bring myself to root for them. Same division (as the Chiefs). I’ll root for the Seahawks.”

So … prediction?

“I’ll predict that Percy Harvin runs back a kick (for the Seahawks) if he plays,” Morrison said. “He’s going to run back either a kickoff or a punt return.”

As for who wins …

“I want to see what the weather is like,” he said. “If the weather is crappy and windy, I think the Seahawks win. … Do I think (Broncos quarterback Peyton) Manning will put 35 (points) on them? No.

“But I think, in order for the Seahawks to win, it has to be chillier. Windy. It has to have a little snow.”

That out of the way … that troublesome right knee?

“I’m doing full workouts,” he said. “Running and agility stuff. Throwing. Everything has been fine.”

THE NEXT PIECE

General manager Jack Zduriencik plans to sit down with new president/chief operating officer Kevin Mather over the next few days to discuss specifics in terms of bolstering the roster.

The Mariners on Friday promoted Mather to replace the retiring Chuck Armstrong. Mather marked the occasion by saying the club has sufficient financial flexibility to add players through trades or free agency.

That was welcome news for Zduriencik.

“(Mather) and I will sit down in the next couple of days and hash out some things in terms of his vision and where we’re at and where we need to go to,” he said. “But we’re not going to do anything foolish.

“If the right scenario is there that makes economic sense, and it makes talent sense, then that’s something you engage in. But there’s an awful lot more than just saying you have more money.

“That’s good if you spend it wisely. Just to spend it to spend it would be foolish. If the right opportunity is there, then I would have to present my case to get permission to do it.”

AUTOGRAPHS, ANYONE?

Are you an autograph hound who couldn’t make it Saturday to Safeco Field for the first day of the FanFest?

No problem.

Every player who held an autograph session Saturday will be available again Sunday — along with newcomer Corey Hart, who was unable to attend Saturday’s session.

But don’t dawdle. Lines formed early at the Home Plate Gate on Saturday for the required vouchers, and each session is limited to 450 people.

Scheduled to appear at the 11:30 a.m. sessions: Robinson Cano at Station One; Hart and Michael Saunders at Station Two; Taijuan Walker at Station Three; and Carson Smith and Chris Taylor at Station Four.

Scheduled to appear at the 1:30 p.m. sessions: James Paxton and Tom Wilhelmsen at Station One; Brad Miller and Morrison at Station Two; Mike Zunino at Station Three; and Stefen Romero and DJ Peterson at Station Four.

16TH ANNUAL MARINERS FAN FEST

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (conclusion of two-day event).

Where: Safeco Field.

Cost: Adult tickets are $10. Free for ages 14 and under.

Scheduled to attend: General manager Jack Zduriencik, manager Lloyd McClendon, minor league catching coordinator Dan Wilson and numerous players/prospects (Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, Logan Morrison, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen, Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, DJ Peterson, Chris Taylor, Stefen Romero, Carson Smith).

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