By Bob Dutton The News Tribune
SEATTLE — Be warned, Seattle Mariners fans, if you don’t know already: Quipsters don’t come much quicker than newcomer Logan Morrison, a multi-position player acquired last month in a trade from the Miami Marlins.
Question one Saturday to Morrison at the Mariners FanFest concerned his health. That’s not unexpected; Morrison battled knee injuries over the much of the two previous 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 off-season 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 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.”
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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 promoted Mather on Friday to replace Chuck Armstrong, who is retiring next Wednesday. 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,” he said, “and hash out some things in terms of his vision and where we’re at and where we need to go to. 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.”
Are you an autograph hound who couldn’t make it Saturday to Safeco Field for the first day of the Mariners FanFest?
Every player and prospect who held an autograph session Saturday will be available again today — along with newcomer Corey Hart, who was unable to attend Saturday’s session.
But if Saturday is any indication, don’t dawdle. Lines formed early at the Home Plate Gate for the required vouchers, and each session is limited to 450 people.
Scheduled to appear at 11:30 sessions: Robinson Cano at Station One; Corey 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 Logan Morrison at Station Two; Mike Zunino at Station Three; and Stefen Romero and D.J. Peterson at Station Four.