As you all know, Ken Griffey Jr. was elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Following a whirlwind of commitments in New York, including the Hall of Fame News Conference, appearances on MLB Network and the New York Stock Exchange, The Kid is heading to Seattle.
Junior will join Seattle credentialed media at Safeco Field early this evening (approximately 5:30 pm depending on his flight) to discuss his election, the experiences of his last few days and of course his time in Seattle as a player.
Stay tuned to Mariners social media accounts and visit Mariners.com to watch live as Junior arrives.
It is a special day at Safeco Field, as one of our own, Randy Johnson, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 97.3% of votes. Randy spent 10 seasons with the Mariners, amassing 2,162 of his 4,875 strikeouts in a Seattle uniform. Mariners Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln issued the following statement today on Johnson’s election to the Hall of Fame:
On behalf of the Mariners franchise and ownership, we wish to add our congratulations to Randy Johnson on his well-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame today.
Randy began his career in Montreal, but began his ascent to the Hall of Fame here in Seattle.
After his arrival in 1989, he tossed his first no-hitter with the Mariners in 1990, had his breakthrough season in 1993 (when he was 19-8) and claimed his first Cy Young Award in 1995. No one who watched this fierce competitor dominate during his decade in Seattle — including his wins in Game 3 and, on one day rest, Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series vs. New York – had any doubt of him taking his rightful place in the Hall today.
During his 10 seasons in Seattle, Randy was a key member of the group of players that cemented the Mariners place in the region.
We are equally proud of the work Randy did off the field in Seattle, and note that even after his retirement, he continues to give his time in support of important causes, including his many visits to troops overseas.
Just as we watched with pride as Randy collected a Cy Young (1995), an ERA title (1995), made five All-Star Game appearances (1990, 1993-1995, 1997) and earned four strikeout crowns (1992-1995) in a Mariners uniform, we will watch with pride as Randy is inducted in Cooperstown this summer.
Johnson was acquired by Seattle (from Montreal) on May 25, 1989. He was 130-74 with 2 saves and 2,162 strikeouts in 274 games (266 starts) with the Mariners. He totaled 51 complete games as a Mariner, including 19 shutouts, and tossed 1838.1 innings with Seattle prior to being traded to Houston on July 31, 1998. He is one of eight members of the Mariners Hall of Fame (inducted in 2012 with Dan Wilson).
Here is a full bio of Johnson’s Hall of Fame career:
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:
The Mariners host the Brewers in the second game of a three-game series tonight at Safeco Field. Prior to the game, a special ceremony will be held inducting Ken Griffey Jr. into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is an information packet we put together on Junior that chronicles his legendary career:
And here is all the information for tonight’s game:
Game #116: Seattle Mariners (53-62) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (50-66) | 6:20 p.m. | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5, 2.75) vs. LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Brewers | Mariners-Brewers History
Game Notes & Statistics:
Mariners outfielder Raul Ibañez and his son RJ had a sleep-over at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and they had such a good time that Raul decided to give the Hall a piece of baseball history.
The Museum has an Extra Innings Overnight program where fans can spend the night. Back in November 2011, Raul, RJ and RJ’s youth baseball teammates had a slumber party in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery.
The outing was so special that Raul decided to donate the bat he used to make history in the American League Championship Series with the Yankees last fall. You may recall October 10, 2012, when Raul became the first player in history to hit two home runs in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game, giving the Yankees a win over the Orioles.
Raul wanted to share a souvenir of that great night in recognition of the great night he and RJ had at the Hall. Here’s what Raul said about the donation of the historic bat:
“It meant such a great deal to go through the Museum with RJ and tour through the game’s treasures, knowing that the Hall of Fame is where the game’s greatest stories are preserved… Knowing that the bat that I used from the one moment in baseball history is going to be in Cooperstown forever is just so great. I’m honored to have anything of mine attached to the Hall of Fame.”
The Seattle Mariners organization, players and staff, has always been very supportive of the National Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The Hall of Fame (www.baseballhall.org) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our national pastime.
Throughout the Mariners franchise 35-year history, donations of memorabilia and other important artifacts have been donated to the Hall of Fame, a practice that continues today.
A package arrived in Cooperstown this morning. Inside were a jersey, a ball and a Mariners cap.
The game-used jersey was worn by Felix Hernandez on August 15 when he tossed the first Perfect Game in franchise history, a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. An interesting Felix preference caused a small shipping delay with the jersey. All Mariners players have two different “weight” white jerseys; a “cool base” mesh jersey, and a slightly heavier traditional knit top. Most guys on the team will wear the two almost interchangeably, although almost everyone wears the “cool base” top for sunny day games.
Felix is an exception. He only wears the traditional, slightly heavier jersey. This meant that even though the top he was wearing in the Perfect Game was pulled aside and stored (unwashed) after his historic game, the Mariners couldn’t ship it to the Hall until a replacement jersey arrived. The new jersey actually arrived in Seattle the same day he was next scheduled to pitch; if it hadn’t arrived, his Perfect Game top would have been washed, and Felix would have worn it out to the mound.
The jersey was a gift to the HOF from Felix. He could have kept it for himself, but he thought it was important that it be in the Hall’s permanent collection.
The package also contained a game-used ball from the Perfect Game, a gift from the Mariners organization.
The final item was the hat worn by Stephen Pryor in the team’s six-pitcher, combined no-hitter vs. the Dodgers on June 8. Pryor was the winning pitcher that day, and when the Hall of Fame requested the hat for its permanent collection, Pryor was happy to make the donation. The only problem was that he had sent his hat to his mother in Tennessee. It took a little time (and a little convincing) before the hat was shipped back to Seattle so it could be sent on to the Hall of Fame.