A week before pitchers and catchers report to spring training for their first workout, the Seattle Mariners are sporting a new-look 40-man roster - and 22 non-roster invitees.That's 62 bodies in a camp with only two coaches returning from 2010, meaning introductions will be a daily occurance for the first few weeks.
First, new-manager Eric Wedge will have to get a new coaching staff - Robbie Thompson, Chris Chambliss, Jamie Navarro and Jeff Datz along with incumbents Carl Willis and Mike Brumley - working together smoothly.
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Then there's the matter of getting veterans like Jack Cust, Brendan Ryan and Miguel Olivo - all new to the roster - acquainted with the young pups like Michael Pineda, Josh Lueke, Dustin Ackley and Alex Liddi.
That doesn't count the 22 non-roster invitees coming to camp. Think Ichiro knows Charlie Haeger, Chris Ray, Luis Rodriguez, Chris Gimenez, Gabe Gross or Royce Ring? He'll be sharing the clubhouse and fields with them.
All clubs have turnover, but for the third consecutive spring under general manager Jack Zduriencik, the Mariners are sewing a lot of new names on uniforms.
Consider this: Only six of the 20 pitchers on Zduriencik's 2009 40-man spring roster remain with the team. None of the three catchers is still in the organization. The only two infielders left from that roster are Matt Tuiasosopo and Mike Carp.
Last spring when the team reported to Peoria, Ariz., Ryan Feierabend, Mark Lowe, Ricky Orta, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Ian Snell, Kanekoa Texeira, Anthony Vavaro and Sean White were among the 20 pitchers on the roster - and Rob Johnson, Ryan Garko, Jack Hannahan, Casey Kotchman, Jose Lopez, Eric Byrnes, Ezequiel Carrera and Ken Griffey Jr. were among the 20 position players.
Lose 101 games, of course, a roster changes. This spring, the Mariners will bring in their first crop of younger players drafted or acquired by trade who have the chance to play in the big leagues. Youngsters like Ackley, Pineda, Lueke, Liddi, Dan Cortes and Mauricio Robles.
A glance at the 62 players coming into camp with Seattle this spring isn't likely to worry anyone else in the American League West, and it may not inspire Mariners fans into thinking 'contention' in 2011.
It will, however, be a different team. The Mariners had two managers in 2010, Don Wakamatsu and Daren Brown. Two batting coaches, Alan Cockrell and Alonzo Powell. Twelve players from the opening day 25-man roster of '10 are gone, too. Anyone miss Eric Byrnes? Ian Snell?
Can Wedge and his staff turn these 62 players into a team that can play even .500 baseball in 2011? Before they try, they'll have to learn who's who.