Mariners Update – July 1
Chasing Teddy Ballgame: Raul Ibanez hit his team-leading 19th home run of the season yesterday. It was also his 10th home run in June, tying his monthly career high from May 2009 when he was with the Phillies. Much has been made of Raul’s HR surge at his age (41), and for good reason. Raul’s 19 home runs in his age 41 season are already 6th-most in baseball history, tying him with Stan “The Man” Musial. Check out the list below. And it is not like this came out of nowhere, as Raul has hit 20 or more homers in 6 of his last 8 seasons!
- All-Star Primer: Earlier today we posted a pretty detailed explanation about the All-Star game selection process. There are a lot of interesting scenarios, including the player vote and who the manager for each team gets to select. Let’s just hope more than just one Mariners player makes the trip to New York City for the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field (July 16).
- Speaking of All-Stars: The Elias Sports Bureau (aka the best stats people around) have a pretty cool feature on ESPN.com that comes up with its best project for the American League All-Star team. At point, the Elias rating system projects three Mariners that should be All-Stars: RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma and DH Kendrys Morales.
- Why the Turks? The Mariners and Cubs rolled back the calendar to the early 1900’s on Saturday with what has become an annual tradition, Turn Back the Clock Day. The Mariners wore the uniforms of the 1909 Northwestern League champion Seattle Turks. A few questions have been asked how the Turks nickname come to be, as the 1908 club was named the Siwashes and the Giants in 1910. Here is the best information we could find on the team nickname, which is pretty interesting stuff!
- Road Trippin: The Mariners hit the road (the friendly skies actually) for a 2-city, 6-game road trip with three-game series against the Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds. The Mariners will be making just their second trip to the Queen City (Cincinnati) ever, and first since 2002 when the Mariners swept the three-game series. This will also be the Mariners first trip to Great American Ball Park. This will be the Mariners first “new” stadium to play in since debuting at Nationals Park in 2011.
- Heat Wave: Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80’s and possibly low 9o’s over the next few days in Seattle. Ironically, the weatherforecast for Arlington, Texas is pretty similar, but there *might* be just a little bit more humidity. And although the team is not currently playign at Safeco Field, here is a bit of trivia for you. There have been 5 games played at Safeco Field with the game-time temperature above 90-degrees (last: 7/24/04 vs. Anaheim). The most recent “hot” game was 88-degrees July 7, 2010 vs. the Rangers.