24 Stories – The Year 2027

 

TATC-1Every Hall of Fame inductee has a bronze plaque, but Ken Griffey Jr. is likely the only one with a shiny glove. On July 18, 1998, the Mariners and Royals took part in Turn Ahead the Clock Night, as the Kingdome was transformed into the Biodome and the clocks were turned ahead to 2027. With the Mariners and Royal donning futuristic uniforms, Junior spray-painted his glove silver and convinced his teammates to wear their hats backwards. Today, Junior’s silver glove is a part of his display at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

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“I remember sitting in the Kingdome dugout and Junior came by and saying to him, ‘What if we went into the future? What if we turned the clocks forward?’ He immediately bought in. Junior helped design the uniforms, helped get the umpires on board and really set the tone in the clubhouse for full participation. On the day of the game, I remember walking into the clubhouse and Junior has Rico’s [Rossy] spikes in his hand and he’s spray-painting them silver. He’s looking at Rico, and he said, ‘Rico, we’re going into the future.’ Guys had silver spikes Junior had spray-painted. Junior had a silver glove for the night. He had Nike make him special shoes for the game. Junior said, ‘We’re also going to play the game with our caps on backwards.’ There’s a fly ball hit into the left-center field gap, and there goes Junior. He makes the grab with his silver glove, his cap on backwards and his shirt just flying in the wind.” – Kevin Martinez

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 27 at Pittsburgh

Game Information

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Game #100 (7/27): Mariners (51-48) vs.  Pirates (51-48) | 4:05 pm PT | PNC Park
Starting Pitchers:  LHP James Paxton (3-4, 4.18) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (5-6, 2.99)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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Mariners Acquire RHP Drew Storen from Toronto

The Mariners acquired right-handed pitcher Drew Storen, above, from Toronto on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Drew Storen and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Joaquin Benoit.

“Obviously, this has not been Drew’s best season, but he is closely linked to a run of great success pitching in the back end of very good bullpens,” Dipoto said. “Hopefully this serves as a change of scenery and over the next two months we can get him back on track.”

Storen, 28, was 1-3 with 3 saves and a 6.21 ERA (23 ER, 33.1 IP) with 32 strikeouts in 38 relief appearances with Toronto this season. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Sunday, July 24th. In his last 21 appearances, he posted a 4.66 ERA (10 ER, 19.1 IP) with 17 strikeouts (3.44 ERA if you exclude his last outing). He was acquired by Toronto from Washington on Jan. 8, 2016 in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere.

In his first six Major League seasons, all with Washington, he was 21-13 with 95 saves and a 3.02 ERA (112 ER, 334.0 IP) with 321 strikeouts in 355 games. In his seven Major League seasons, he is 22-16 with a 3.31 ERA (135 ER, 367.1 IP) with 353 strikeouts in 393 games. He was drafted by Washington in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University.

Benoit, 39, was 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA (14 ER, 24.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 15 walks in 26 relief appearances with Seattle this season. Benoit was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier this season on April 25 (retroactive to April 22) with right shoulder inflammation and was activated on May 17. In 15 Major League seasons, Benoit is 55-43 with a 3.87 ERA (428 ER, 994.2 IP) in 687 career games, including 55 career starts. He was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for RHP Enyel De Los Santos and INF Nelson Ward on Nov. 12, 2015.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 26 at Pittsburgh

Game Information

Lineup

Game #99 (7/26): Mariners (50-48) vs.  Pirates (51-47) | 4:05 pm PT | PNC Park
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.23) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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24 Stories – The Mythology

Few players have had a flair for the dramatic quite like Ken Griffey Jr. It was apparent from the beginning, as Junior doubled in his first Major League at-bat and homered on the first pitch of his first at-bat in the Kingdome. The legend of Junior grew with his MVP performance at the 1992 All-Star Game and his power display in the 1993 Home Run Derby at Camden Yards. Junior’s heroics were perhaps never more on display than in 1995, when he returned from a broken wrist in mid-August and helped lead the Mariners through a magical final few months of the season.

The list goes on.

#11 – The Mythology

“With Griffey sometimes, it almost seemed like he was a mythic figure that he would do something that you would only see in a comic book. His first at-bat where he gets a double. Then, his first game at the Kingdome, he gets a home run. He just did things that ordinary people didn’t do. I think of the All-Star Game in 1993 at Camden Yards where he hit the ball completely out of Camden Yards and off of the warehouse beyond right field, which was thought to be impossible. I remember that Michael Jordan was at that game…How great a scene is that to have the mythic figure of his time in Michael Jordan wowed by something that Ken Griffey Jr. did.” – Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

“I don’t think there was a player that I’ve seen in my lifetime that had a better flair for the dramatic. If it’s Opening Night, he put on a show. If it’s Father’s Day, he put on a show. That was the thing with Ken. You’d go to the ballpark every night and wait for it, and he delivered.” Kevin Martinez, Seattle Mariners

“To my mind, the thing that sort of captures the magic of Ken Griffey Jr. was the last game in the Kingdome. He hit a home run. He made a spectaular catch. How quintessentially Griffey, that theatrical ability to rise to the occasion. When the moment was big, he was bigger.” – Jim Copacino, Copacino+Fujikado

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Junior Joins Baseball Immortality in Cooperstown

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The Kid is in the Hall.

Ken Griffey Jr. became the first player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Seattle Mariner on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon before a near-record crowd of around 50,000 fans in Cooperstown, New York.

After being welcomed to the Hall of Fame by Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and having his plaque inscription read by Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, it was official. With such legends of the game as Sandy Koufax, Brooks Robinson, Johnny Bench and others looking on, Junior joined baseball immortality.

“I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed,” Griffey said. “The last couple months have been a blur. From the call from the Hall to the calls from all the Hall of Famers who are sitting here behind me, I can’t describe how that feels, but I can tell you that I was more nervous talking to them than I am now.”

Throughout a heartfelt 21-minute speech, Junior shared his love of the game, expressed his appreciation for playing on the same team as his father and thanked numerous family, friends and teammates as well as his countless fans in the Northwest and around the world.

“From the day I got drafted to my first at-bat in the Kingdome to the ‘95 playoffs to my first trip back to Seattle as a member of the Reds and then my return to Seattle in 2009 to my retirement in 2010, Seattle, Washington has been a big part of my life,” Griffey said. “There are so many great things that I could talk about, but we’d be here all day. I am going to leave you with one thing, out of my 22 years, I learned that only one team will treat you the best, and that’s your first team. I’m damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner.”BVH_Q9U1025

Junior became the first No. 1 overall draft pick to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he did it in unmistakable style. He earned 99.3 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in January, the highest percentage of any Hall Famer, surpassing Tom Seaver’s previous record of 98.8 percent in 1992.

Over 22 years in the Majors, Griffey batted .284 while amassing 2,781 hits, 630 home runs and 1,836 RBI. His many awards include the 1997 American League Most Valuable Player award, 13 All-Star Game selections, 10 Gold Glove Awards and 7 Silver Sluggers. He won MVP honors for the 1992 Midsummer Classic, led the AL in homers 4 times, claimed the Home Run Derby crown 3 times and was the youngest player at 29-years-old to be named to MLB’s All-Century Team in 1999.

“I’d now like to thank the Seattle Mariners organization for taking a chance on a 17-year-old kid and allowing him to continue to play this great game of baseball,” Griffey said in his opening remarks.

Early in his speech, it was apparent just how much his family means to Griffey, as he thanked each member of his family individually. He talked about the special bond he shared with his father on the playing field.

“To my dad, who taught me how to play this game,” Griffey said. “But more importantly, he taught me how to be a man, how to work hard, how to look yourself in the mirror each and every day and not to worry about what other people are doing. See, baseball didn’t come easy for him…he made a decision to play baseball to provide for his family, because that’s what men do. I love you for that.”

BVH_Q9U0871Thousands of Mariners fans made the trek from the Northwest – and around the country – to Cooperstown to celebrate Junior. The outpouring of support for was significant to Griffey.

“I’d also to thank the families and friends and thousands of baseball fans who traveled all over the country,” Griffey said.

In a press conference following the induction ceremony, Griffey commented again on what the people of Seattle means to him, as well as the significance of the city to his family.

“I spent 13 years there,” Griffey said. “I met my wife there. Trey and Taryn were born there. I have so many friends who still live there…They have such a warm heart. There’s not a mean spirit. People care about each other…They’re just down-to-earth people who care about their sports and care more about the person.”

Griffey’s love for the game of baseball was evident throughout his 22-year career. His infectious smile and charismatic swagger, while being one of the best all-around players of his time, gained fans around the world and drew the next generation of stars to the game.

“I got to play this game for 22 years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Griffey said.

Many of Junior’s former teammates were also on hand in Cooperstown, including Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer, Dan Wilson and Dave Valle.

“He was the greatest teammate I ever had, a guy that gave you everything on the field and a guy that spoke the truth even though you didn’t want to hear it,” Griffey said of Buhner. “I love you for that.”

Junior capped his Hall of Fame speech in familiar fashion – with his hat on backwards.Junior capped his Hall of Fame speech with a nod to his trademark fashion – his hat on backwards – and one last thank you.

“I want to thank my family, my friends, the fans, the Reds, the White Sox and the Mariners for making this kid’s dream come true,” Griffey said.

Thanks, Junior.

Scenes from Cooperstown

Mariners Gameday Information – July 24 at Toronto

Game Information

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Game #98 (7/24): Mariners (50-47) vs.  Blue Jays (54-44) | 10:07 am PT | Rogers Centre
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Wade Miley (6-7, 5.36) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (12-3, 3.43)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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24 Stories – The House that Griffey Built

AP_9907150370_EditAlmost every Hall of Famer owns jaw-dropping career statistics, but Ken Griffey Jr.’s legacy includes a ballpark. It was Junior’s heroics, on a 1995 Mariners team full of heroes, which paved the way for Safeco Field.

#10 – The House that Griffey Built

“The backdrop that made 1995 such a meaningful and amazing season for the Mariners was that without the rise in interest and attention to the Mariners, they probably would not have gotten the new stadium. You’ve got to put Griffey right at the heart of that because he was the face of that team. He led that team so I think it’s accurate to say it’s ‘The House that Junior Built.'” – Larry Stone

“It wasn’t us that built this ballpark. It was the people that said, you know what, we want you guys here. It was the thousands of people…that said, you know what, we want this. We want you guys here.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“My friends, make no mistake about it. In years to come, this will be ‘The House that Griffey Built.'” – Dave Niehaus, 1997 Safeco Field groundbreaking

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Sights and Sounds from Cooperstown

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Hall of Fame weekend has arrived.

After being elected to the Hall of Fame with 99.3 percent of the vote – the highest percentage of any Hall of Famer in history – Ken Griffey Jr. will join the legends of the game, past and present, in the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

“I grew up playing this game. I just wanted to continue to play it…It allowed me to be where I am now,” Griffey said earlier today when meeting with reporters in Cooperstown, New York.

Coverage of the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from Cooperstown starts on Sunday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. PT on MLB Network leading up to the ceremony itself beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Junior arrived in Cooperstown on Thursday and met with Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson.

Osteaga-HotelOn Friday, Griffey spent time with his family at the famed Otesaga Hotel, where Hall of Famers often swap stories on the veranda.

Later that day, Ken Griffey Sr. met with reporters. In some ways, he is just another proud father. But Griffey Sr. and Griffey Jr. share a special bond in that they were able to play together in the same outfield with the Mariners.

Griffey“It’s been an amazing trip,” Griffey Sr. told reporters. “Watching him grow and get better every year — I really didn’t find out how good he was until I ended up playing left field in Seattle and found out how much ground he could cover, what kind of player he was, what kind of offensive player he was.”

After the Hall of Fame closed to the public late Friday evening, Junior, accompanied by family and close friends, received a private tour of the Hall. It was the first time in his life that Griffey had set foot inside the Hall of Fame.

“Quite interesting, knowing from here on out that I’m going to be in there,” Griffey told reporters this morning. “I got the tour before I got to all the plaques, then I went down the rows and looked at the guys I played against and my dad played against. It was pretty interesting to look at that and look where I’m going to be for the rest of my life and then some.”

Scenes from Cooperstown

Mariners Gameday Information – July 23 at Toronto

Game Information

Lineup

Game #97 (7/23): Mariners (49-47) vs.  Blue Jays (54-43) | 10:07 am PT | Rogers Centre
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6, 4.01) vs. RHP R.A. Dickey (7-10, 4.11)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Blue Jays | Mariners-Blue Jays History

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