Seattle Times staff reporter
Dustin Ackley took batting practice at Safeco Field.
Let the record show that Dustin Ackley’s first swing as a Mariner produced an opposite-field line drive — a clean single into left.
OK, it was batting practice, but it still made Ackley feel good.
“That first swing, I didn’t know where the ball was going to go or if I was even going to hit it,” he said with a laugh after taking a round of BP before Monday’s Mariners game. “It was a relief.”
Ackley was in Seattle to officially sign his five-year major-league deal with the Mariners, worth at least $7.5 million.
As part of the day, Ackley donned a Mariners uniform (No. 13, his college number at North Carolina), held a news conference and schmoozed nervously in the clubhouse with current Mariners. It’s the typical routine for a top draft pick, but this one had a little more scrutiny than usual because of Ackley’s status as the No. 2 overall pick.