Former Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis has been named the recipient of the 2015 Moose Clausen Community Service Award.
The award is bestowed each fall by the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of active Mariners season ticket holders, to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community.
Alvin received the award this past Saturday, November 7, at the annual RBI Club Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom.
Alvin was one of those rare players who made an immediate impact. He made his Major League debut in 1984. That season, he represented the Mariners at the All-Star Game, was named Mariners MVP and American League Rookie of the Year. When he finished his eight year career with the Mariners, Alvin was the team leader in eight different offensive categories. In 1997, he became the first inductee to the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Since he retired from baseball, Alvin has stayed connected to the game as a high school coach in his hometown of Riverside, California, and working with Mariners minor leaguers. Alvin and his wife Kim are active in their church leadership and help families with biblical and financial counsel.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic who worked in the Mariners front office for many years.
Previous Moose Clausen Award winners include Dan Wilson, Jamie Moyer, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle and Julio Cruz.
When the Mariners were in Boston in the middle of August, hitting coach Edgar Martinez sat down with David Laurila of FanGraphs to talk about the finer points of hitting. This is a must-read article on how Edgar approached and teaches hitting.
The votes are in, and the fans have spoken! Here are the four players you have voted as the Mariners Franchise Four:
- Ken Griffey Jr.
- Felix Hernandez
- Edgar Martinez
- Ichiro Suzuki
Felix and Ichiro are 2 of 15 active players to be included on a Franchise Four list, with 11 of those players (including Felix) still active on the clubs they represent. Here are the complete results of each teams’ Franchise Four:
Be sure to tune into the MLB Network today starting at 9 am PT/11 am ET for exclusive coverage of the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame election results. The official announcement for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be announced close to 11 am PT/2 pm ET. Mariners legends Randy Johnson (first time on ballot) and Edgar Martinez (6th time on ballot) are up for election to the Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the names for the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot today. More than 600 members will vote on the prestigious honor to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
We are of course biased, but this is also the time of year where we want to share the many honors and accolades of our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2013-2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.
Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers (including Edgar) from the 2013 ballot. Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. . The Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8. You can watch the announcement live at noon PT on an MLB Network simulcast on MLB.com.
Here is some fun material to browse through to support what we think was a Hall of Fame career for Edgar:
On Thursday, June 6, when the New York Yankees come to Safeco Field, it will be Martinez Foundation Night at the ballpark. Fitting, since Edgar Martinez, for whom the Foundation is named, had some especially big games against the Bronx Bombers. (Does “The Double” ring any bells?)
The Martinez Foundation was formed by Edgar and Holli Martinez in 2008 to help prepare and support teachers of color. The Foundation provides scholarships, training, mentoring and other support services to help highly qualified teachers from diverse backgrounds succeed.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of tickets through a special online offer will support the Foundation’s efforts. There will also be a silent auction of sports memorabilia and unique experiences near Section 128 on the Main Concourse, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Bidding starts when the gates open to the public and concludes at the end of the sixth inning.
And, Edgar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.