Felix Hernandez, American League All-Star
Felix Hernandez was elected to his third All-Star game (also: 2009, 2011), becoming just the sixth Mariners player in club history to be part of at least three All-Star Games. Felix has put up strong overall numbers this season, going 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA (38 ER, 110.2 IP) with 114 strikeouts. His strikeout per nine innings mark of 9.3 is the highest of his career, he ranks third in the American League in innings pitched (110.2), tied for second in strikeouts (114) and 7th in the League in ERA (3.09).
Hernandez has been especially strong over his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA (2 ER, 23.0 IP) with 30 strikeouts, all Mariners wins.
Hernandez pitched in the All-Star game in St. Louis in 2009, tossing 1.0 shutout inning and was selected but did not pitch in the 2011 All-Star game in Arizona (was not available after pitching last game of first half for Mariners).
If he makes an appearance, it will be his 6th career game at Kauffman Stadium. In five career starts in Kansas City he has a 3.26 ERA (11 ER, 30.1 IP) with 31 strikeouts.
The last time the All-Star game was held in Kansas City in 1973, Seattle did not have a team but there were a few individuals involved in the game who would later have Mariners connections. The National League reserves featured current Mariners Special Assistant Ted Simmons (St. Louis Cardinals) and Mariners current radio broadcaster Ron Fairly (Montreal Expos) while the American League team featured outfielder Willie Horton (Detroit Tigers) who would go on to play for the Mariners in 1978-79 and the Manager for the AL squad was Dick Williams (Oakland Athletics) who would go on to manage the Mariners from 1986-89.
Here’s a look at the list of Mariners who have made at least three All-Star teams and Seattle Mariners All-Stars through the years: