Jul 1, 2022 - News

Screen Time with Mariners' hitting machine Ty France

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Ty France.
Photo Illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Seattle Mariners.

Among the bright spots of the Seattle Mariners' season so far is Ty France, the club's leading All-Star vote-getter and best all-around hitter.

By the numbers: Until an elbow strain landed him on the injured list this month, France owned a .316 batting average β€” good for 7th in the American League (AL) β€” and his 87 total hits were third best in the league.

  • He also had amassed 880,530 All-Star votes as of June 27, second-most among AL first basemen behind only Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

State of play: As consistency has been the hallmark of France's game, Axios Seattle wondered how his personal tech habits off-the-field squared with his machine-like precision on it. Here's what he told us:

πŸ“± Device of choice: iPhone

πŸ–± 1st click of the day: "Most of our team communication is done via Slack, so that's where I go each morning to see my schedule and anything we have going on."

  • "...I always go to the weather app. Seattle weather is super unpredictable, so that's been new for me as a California kid."

πŸ–₯ Social media choice: Instagram

πŸ“° Go-to news source: "I honestly … switch it up a lot. I usually try to consume news from multiple outlets so that I receive it in the most unbiased way possible."

🎀 Podcast queue: "I listen to a lot of sports podcasts. I recently had the opportunity to go on 'Flippin’ Bats' with Ben Verlander and 'The Chris Rose Rotation'… "

🎡 Playlist faves: "My go-to playlist is easily our pre-game mix J.P. (Crawford) puts together. It can vary a lot every day, so I find a lot of good stuff that way. On my own time, I have diverse music taste β€” I listen to a lot of old school hip-hop/rap, country, and reggae."

πŸ’» Most used app: ESPN app (other than Slack or Instagram). "I’ve always been a big sports fan, so that's my go-to app for keeping up with sports like football, basketball, or golf."

πŸ“Ί TV binge: "Ozark. Generally, I really like that kind of intense drama/thriller genre, so it was right up my alley."

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