January 23, 2020
Mariners manager Scott Servais is entering his fifth season in Seattle, but he has no idea what to expect from what is currently the youngest team in Major League Baseball.
General Manager Jerry Dipoto calls last season and this season "step-back" seasons. The organization has jettisoned most of its big contracts and plans on playing and developing its younger players. Servais joins the Silvi Knows podcast this week to talk about the upcoming season, one that will begin without Mitch Haniger. Servais talks about the temporary loss of his star outfielder (1:00) and also about the M's talented prospects (4:00) including Kyle Lewis and stud pitcher Logan Gilbert.
Mariners fans will get to know all about the pitchers and position players through the eyes of Servais, including number one starter Marco Gonzales and Yusei Kikuchi (8:00).
Where does last year's lone Mariners All Star Daniel Vogelbach fit into the lineup, since Evan White seems to have first base all locked up (13:30)?
The Mariners also took a page from the book of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, bringing in a mental conditioning coach to address the team (14:30).
We wrap up the podcast with Scott's opinions on the sign-stealing scandal (19:00) and the experimentation of electronic umpires at spring training (21:00).
January 15, 2020
Trevor Moawad is a highly regarded mental conditioning consultant who grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Charles Wright Academy. In this area, he's best known for working with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, but Moawad has also worked with some of college football's top programs as well as in the military with U.S. Army Special Forces.
Moawad joins the Silvi Knows podcast this week to discuss a new business he formed with Wilson, who wrote the forward to Moawad's new book, "It Takes What It Takes" (5:00).
In the podcast, Moawad talks about minimalizing negativity and learning how to think neutrally (9:00). He has worked with Wilson for eight years and says every free moment Wilson has, he's working on his body (13:00). Moawad says he has never seen an individual spend as much time in one building (Seahawks headquarters) than Wilson. Moawad talks about the effect Wilson's daily workload has on his family, including his wife Ciara and their children (20:30).
What about players at the college level? How do they handle crushing defeats, like when the Cougars blew a 32-point lead and lost 67-63 (23:00). What about the Seahawks' last-second loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 49 (35:30)? Moawad talks specifically about those two events and says the key to recovery is in the mindset.
Lastly, most of us talk about setting goals and striving to achieve those goals. Moawad suggests it might be better to ask yourself what you can't do to improve, rather than what you can do.