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).
This is a little trip down memory lane, but kind of fun to watch now that Felix Hernandez and Kendrys Morales are teammates. This commercial was shot for the Major League Baseball 2K10 Video Game. Should be fun watching these two on the field this season as teammates.
Today Felix Hernandez signed a new, seven-year contract, the biggest in franchise history, which will keep him in a Mariners uniform through the 2019 season. Felix is truly the King of Seattle, and has embraced the community and the franchise since signing as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2002. Here is a pictorial look at Felix celebrating many of his great moments in a Mariners uniform, and a look ahead to the many more that will come.
A DVD of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is available beginning today in Seattle Mariners Team Stores.
The DVD includes the entire August 15th game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including the live post-game interview with Hernandez. The DVD gives viewers the option of listening to the radio play-by-play announcers Rick Rizzs and Ken Wilson (on 710 ESPN), or the television announcers, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers (on ROOT SPORTS).
Bonus features include an exclusive interview with Felix by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a video music tribute to Felix’s perfect performance produced by ROOT SPORTS for their “Mariners All Access” program.
The Mariners first perfect game was only the 23rd in Major League Baseball history. In his dominant performance, Felix struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays, winning the game 1-0.
The DVD, which is available in all Mariners Team Stores starting today, sells for $10 each. Mariners team stores are located at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle at 4th and Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.