We are now less than 40 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Mariners Spring Training Complex in Peoria, Arizona and we can’t wait! With that in mind, The Hot Stove show returns tonight from the 710 ESPN Radio studios from 7-9 pm.
Mariners broadcasters Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer & Bill Krueger will co-host the evenings show and will be joined by Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., Mariners VP of Marketing Kevin Martinez and from the Caravan; Stefen Romero and Shawn O’Malley. ESPN.com’s Dave Shoenfield will also join the show.
As you’re all well aware, Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last week. Rick Rizzs was able to sit down with The Kid himself for an exclusive one-on-one interview that looks back at his fabulous career. The full interview will air tonight on the Hot Stove Show.
Be sure to tune in on the radio on 710 ESPN Seattle and online at MyNorthwest.com.
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.
Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis checked in this morning with Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian on MLB Network’s Hot Stove. The trio covered plenty of ground as they talked about his Moose Clausen Community Service Award, the Toys for Kids Auction, the beginning of Ken Griffey Jr.’s Major League career and went head-to-head with Reynolds to see who could better remember their fellow teammates from the 1982 Lynn Sailors.
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:
Ken Griffey Jr., one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Make-A-Wish, is featured in a new book released this week called Wish Granted. The book, written by best-selling author and Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaeger, is about the personal experiences of 25 top athletes who have fulfilled wishes through the Make-A-Wish program.
In the book, Griffey talks about how he has been touched by the Wish kids he has met, especially as a Major League rookie not that much older than the kids. One boy, named Michael, who received a jersey from Griffey, was later buried in the jersey when he died.
Over the years, Griffey granted dozens of Wishes to children facing life-threatening illness. He never said no. No matter what else he was doing, Ken would drop everything and spend as much time with the child as possible.
Griffey is featured in the book along with such sports luminaries as Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Kurt Warner, Danica Patrick, and Grant Hill.
Mariners Team Stores will hold several exciting events to get you in the Holiday spirit. Looking for that perfect gift for the baseball fan in your family? Be sure to stop by any of the five locations at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle, Alderwood Mall, Southcenter Mall and Bellevue Square.
HOLIDAY GIFT WITH PURCHASE
- Beginning today, receive a FREE Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Commemorative Photo Mint with a $75 merchandise purchase.
- Limited quantities, while supplies last.
DAN WILSON AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners legend Dan Wilson on Friday 12/6 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bellevue Team Store.
SEASON TICKET HOLDER SHOPPING WEEKEND
- Saturday 12/7 and Sunday 12/8 from 10:00-5:00 pm at the Safeco Field Team Store
- 25% off all merchandise (certain exclusions apply)
- Get a FREE personalized cap with any purchase
HOT STOVE LEAGUE LIVE REMOTE BROADCAST
- Friday 12/13 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Bellevue Team Store
- Host Rick Rizzs along with special guest Mike Blowers will have interviews with guests from around the game.
- Prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
MEET SANTA MOOSE!
- Bellevue Team Store – Friday 12/13 from 7:00-8:00 pm
- Southcenter Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 1:00-2:00 pm
- Alderwood Team Store – Sunday 12/15 from 4:00-5:00 pm
CHARLIE FURBUSH AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush on Saturday 12/14 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Alderwood Team Store.
CARTER CAPPS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
- Meet Mariners pitcher Carter Capps on Saturday 12/28 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Southcenter Team Store.
For most Mariners fans, you have vivid memories a young teenager running onto the field for the first time in 1989. And today The Kid is turning 44, my how time flies. So here is a big Happy Birthday wish to everyone’s favorite Mariner, Ken Griffey Jr. On social media, be sure to wish him a happy birthday, and if you have not done so, you must follow his Instagram account (trust us on this one)!
And here is another fun tidbit. Nov. 21 is also the birthday of Hall of Famer Stan Musial…and get this, both were born in Donora, Pennsylvania! What are the odds of that? Two Hall of Famers (Jr. is eligible for the HOF in 2016) born on the same day (Nov. 21) in the same small town outside of Cincinnati (49 years apart).