Seattle Mariners

During MLB shutdown, Mariners players demonstrating individual drills for kids to try

Baseball is shut down — and not just for the big leaguers.

Minor leaguers, college players, high school players and little leaguers are missing out on playing catch, taking batting practice, fielding ground balls, and everything else that comes along with Amercia’s pastime, during the coronavirus pandemic.

But, the Seattle Mariners are trying to help kids keep baseball in their routines until practices and games resume.

The club has been periodically posting videos on social media of big league players working through individual drills kids (or anyone, really) can try at home while still practicing appropriate social distancing.

The News Tribune will update this page as more drills are posted. Here’s what Mariners players have demonstrated so far:

Mariners first baseman Evan White works on picks, short hops, throwing stance and batting visualizations. Materials needed: Wall, tennis ball, bat.

Mariners right-handed reliever Dan Altavilla works on balance and hand-eye coordination. Materials needed: Wall, two tennis balls, pad or pillow for balancing.

Lauren Smith covers the Seattle Mariners for The News Tribune. She previously covered high school sports at TNT and The Olympian, beginning in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Emerald Ridge High School.