Recently signed middle infielder Adam Kennedy was arrested Wednesday evening in Newport Beach, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence by the California Highway Patrol.
Kennedy was pulled over at 9:11 p.m. He was released early Thursday morning.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said the team had “no comment” until it gathered all the details surrounding the arrest.
However, Kennedy did comment. He got the phone numbers of the local beat writers to call and answer questions about his arrest.
“I just wanted to talk to you guys about what happened and face it,” he said in a phone interview. “It was something that was weighing heavily on my shoulders. It’s been a really tough day for me. This is not the first impression I wanted to make with Jack and with the fans and the organization. I just want to apologize for my behavior to the organization and the fans.”
Kennedy called Zduriencik upon his release.
“He was real stern about how this (is) not how we do things in this organization,” Kennedy said. “He said it was unacceptable, and he’s right. But he was also supportive (of) me wanting to reach out to you guys and face it head on.”
Major League Baseball announced the interleague series between the Mariners and the Marlins, scheduled for June 24-26 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. has been switched to Safeco Field.
“There was a scheduling conflict,” said Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack.
The conflict? The band U2 will be performing at Sun Life on June 29. While there isn’t a direct conflict, several days were needed to get ready for the concert.
There was some talk that the games might be played in Puerto Rico. However, the Marlins have a series June 28-30 in Oakland against the A’s on and the Mariners have home series June 27-29 against the Atlanta Braves, making it simpler for the games to be played in Seattle.
While the games will be played at Safeco Field, the Marlins will be the home team and the games will be played under National League rules, meaning there will be no designated hitter.
Adamack said season ticket holders would likely have the first option to buy tickets for the games before the remaining tickets would be released to the general public.
Zduriencik reiterated that Milton Bradley, who was arrested for making threats to a woman, is still a member of the Mariners. When asked if that could change depending on the outcome of his appearance in court on Feb. 8, Zduriencik said: “The legal issues are the legal issues. That’s something that takes care of itself.” Mariners trainer Rick Griffin discussed several of the players recovering from offseason surgery. Two players who won’t be ready at the start of the season are relievers David Aardsma and Shawn Kelley. Aardsma had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip. The hope is he will be ready two weeks into the season. Kelley had elbow surgery to reattach his ulnar collateral ligament. The Mariners have a target date of June 1 for him to return.