On this week’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Felix puts on a couple of pitching clinics against the Texas Rangers.
Battling a sore quad muscle, Felix managed to power through seven innings on Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night on April 18. He allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 or more batters for the 34th time in his brilliant career and the 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Felix got a boost from Mike Zunino, who homered, and Brad Miller, who connected for a two-out triple and an RBI.
Felix got an extra day of rest before his September 10 start, and it helped as he was again on his game against the Rangers. He struck out eight, gave up only three hits, and held Texas scoreless for the second consecutive game for a 5-0 win. Felix got a little help from his friends as Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the first, and Nelson Cruz returned from a six game layoff to hit his 40th home run, a two-run shot in the 7th.
Mariners Mondays airs every Monday night on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the season opener on Monday April 4 at Texas.
It’s not every day young ballplayers get tips on their pitching form or stand in on the Wiffle® Ball diamond against a Cy Young winner.
But that’s what happened on Monday as Mariners ace Felix Hernandez visited the Smilow Clubhouse and Teen Center at Rainier Vista.
The skills clinic and Wiffle® Ball game for Little Leaguers and participants in the Reviving Baseball in Innercities program followed a ceremony where Felix awarded grants totaling $100,000 to five Seattle non-profit organizations.
The grants are part of the Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association “Players Going Home” program that gives select players the opportunity to contribute to non-profits in their home towns or adopted hometowns.
The organizations Felix chose to receive grants were the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County ($30,000); Washington State Little League Districts 8/9 Challenger program for children with disabilities ($30,000); Baseball Beyond Borders ($20,000); Seattle Central Little League ($10,000); Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer initiative ($10,000).
Before arriving at Rainier Vista, Felix spent time at Seattle Children’s visiting with patients in the playroom and on the cancer ward.
The MLB/MLBPA “Players Going Home” program is part of the previously announced $30 million jointly-funded and jointly-administered youth initiative created by the MLBPA and MLB to improve the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was featured in Major League Baseball’s most recent Stand Up 2 Cancer public service announcement. The moving PSA campaign offers an intimate look into the lives of MLB stars when they were young and developing their passion for baseball— featuring cancer survivor and Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, as well as Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, center fielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price and center fielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The new PSAs debut Friday, October 30th during Game Three of the 2015 World Series.
Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs are the founding donors of SU2C and a lead donor since 2008, committing nearly $40 million to date. As the initiative’s founding donor, MLB has collaborated with SU2C on significant awareness-building efforts, including public service announcements, in-stadium promotion and fundraising events, and has supported SU2C throughout the year, including at the MLB All-Star Game and World Series. Stand Up To Cancer raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.
It is hard to believe, but it has been exactly 10 years since King Felix took to a Major League mound for the first time as a 19-year-old on August 4, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit. Felix took the loss that day, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs (1 ER) in 5.0 innings, but as we know, started a career that has resulted in 6 All-Star Game selections, a Cy Young Award and the most starts and innings pitched in club history. And, oh yeah, Felix is still just 29 years old.
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The annual Seafair Torchlight Parade will be held Saturday night (July 25) starting at 7:30 pm and run down 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. And the Mariners will be well-represented with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano serving as the grand marshals for the parade following the 1:10 pm game vs. the Blue Jays.
The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Northwest and a highly anticipated event for thousands of people lining the parade route year-after-year. Precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, comical clowns and swashbuckling pirates all come together for one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate true family and community entertainment.
The parade is the largest in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Fans can expect to see an array of entertainment – including floats, marching bands, drill and dance teams, gigantic character balloons, Seafair Pirates and Clowns, local celebrities, personalities and more!
KIRO 7 TV in Seattle will have live coverage of the parade, so be sure to tune in to check out King Felix and Cano in the parade.
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:
The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played tonight at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Live coverage of the game starts at 4 pm PT and will be televised on FOX (channel 13/113 in Seattle market). Fans can also listen to the game in the Seattle area on ESPN 710 Seattle (ESPN Radio/check local listings).
The Mariners are represented by starting designated hitter Nelson Cruz (batting 4th) and RHP Felix Hernandez (scheduled to pitch in relief). This is Felix’s 6th All-Star selection and Cruz’s 4th (second straight year starting at DH).
For the 5th consecutive season and 6th time overall, Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named to the American League All-Star team.
King Felix joins Nelson Cruz as Mariners All-Stars this season. Manager Lloyd McClendon is also on the coaching staff for the AL in the Midsummer Classic to be played July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
This is Felix’s 6th overall selection (2009, 2011-2015), most by a pitcher in Mariners history. He now trails only Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Ichiro (10) and Edgar Martinez (7) for most All-Star selections in a Mariners uniform.
Felix is currently tied for the American League lead with 10 wins, going 10-5 with a 3.02 ERA. He is also amongst the AL leaders in games started (T2nd, 17), opponent batting average (6th, .215), strikeouts (7th, 106), innings pitched (7th, 110.1) and ERA (11th).
An eastern Washington teen fulfilled his wish this week when he got to meet his hero Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.
Make-A-Wish brought Randy Martin, who is from Medical Lake, to the ballpark to meet with Felix before The Mariners took on the Kansas City Royals. Martin, who is 17-years old, has Battens disease, an inherited condition that causes neurological impairment including blindness, seizures and loss of motor skills.
During his visit, Felix introduced Martin to teammates Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Willie Bloomquist, who all spent some time hanging out with Martin and his parents Dawn and Tom in the Mariners dugout.
The issue of ESPN The Magazine that hits newsstands Friday will feature a familiar face in Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. ESPN spent time with Felix during the opening homestand of the season. The story on Felix will post on ESPN.com next Wednesday (May 20) as well.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine.