What goes on behind the scenes in between the last pitch of the regular season and the first batting practice in Spring Training the following year is a truly amazing phenomenon.
Players show up with new attitudes, improved swings, chiseled physiques and bolstered pitching repetoires, seemingly out of nowhere.
But any major-leaguer or major-league-wannabe (for that matter) would tell you that if you show up to Spring Training the same as you were last year, you're already falling behind the curve.
Maybe they're youngsters who have shed the wide-eyed rookie look and are ready to break into the major leagues. Maybe they're veterans looking to rejuvenate their career after a down year or two.
Regardless of what their current status is, every player shows up at spring training ready to make 2012 better than before.
Here are some Mariners players who could impress in Spring Training and beyond.