Each year, MLB Network hosts a bracket-style social media competition to determine the “Face of MLB”. In 2015, King Felix reached the semifinals only to fall to the eventual winner, David Wright of the New York Mets. Today, he is in a quarterfinal matchup with Sean Doolittle of the AL West rival Oakland Athletics. To participate, simply tweet the hashtags #FelixHernandez and #FaceOfMLB up to 25 times on Twitter. Fans can also leave those hashtags in the comments of MLB Network’s Facebook post. The contest runs from Wednesday at 6 a.m. PT until Thursday at 5 a.m. PT.
The MLB Network was in town last week to tape a story on the King’s Court. You can watch the story on The King and his court below:
Tickets for tonight’s first home start by pitching ace Felix Hernandez are selling at a pace about five times faster than for a typical Friday night game in April.
At this rate, attendance for the game will likely be over 40,000. The specially priced $25 Main Level seats are expected to sell out by late this afternoon. There are still specially priced $12 View Level seats available, as well as full-price tickets in other locations.
For those of you planning on walk-up tickets, here’s some advice. Get here early because there could be long lines at the ticket windows. Even better is to get your tickets before you arrive via mariners.com/felix for the specially priced Supreme Court tickets, and mariners.com/tickets for regular priced seats. Fans should use the print at home or mobile ticket option for the fastest experience once at the ballpark. But if you do have to buy your ticket in person when you arrive, you have the option of using the self-serve ticket kiosks located around the ballpark.
The first “Supreme Court” was held on August 21, 2012, to celebrate Felix’s perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The “Supreme Court” now marks the first Safeco Field start by Hernandez each season.
The Supreme Court grew out of the “King’s Court,” specially designated sections in left field where yellow-t-shirted fans cheer on Felix by waving K cards and chanting for strike outs. The King’s Court started in 2011.
Felix Hernandez will face off against fellow Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia tonight at Yankee Stadium (4:05 pm PT/7:05 pm ET). Felix has been fabulous in five career starts at the new Yankee Stadium, going 4-1 with a 1.31 ERA and a pair of 2-hit shutouts. Greg Bishop, a former writer for the Seattle Times, wrote a nice feature on Felix for this morning’s edition of The New York Times.
Last night Felix Hernandez recorded his 100th career victory in the Mariners 7-1 win over the Houston Astros . It seems like yesterday he made his Major League debut as a 19-year-old on an August day in Detroit vs. the Tigers in 2005. 100 wins later, Felix becomes just the third pitcher in franchise history to record 100 wins as a Mariners player, joining Jamie Moyer (145) and Randy Johnson (130).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Felix became the 6th-youngest pitcher to record his 100th victory among players who began their career since divisional play began in 1969. Only five reached 100 wins at a younger age than Hernandez (27 years, 14 days old): Dwight Gooden (24 years, 215 days), Bert Blyleven (25 years, 76 days), Fernando Valenzuela (26 years, 162 days), Don Gullett (26 years, 199 days) and Vida Blue (26 years, 361 days).