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!

Rk Player HR Year Age Tm
1 Ted Williams 29 1960 41 BOS
2 Barry Bonds 28 2007 42 SFG
3 Barry Bonds 26 2006 41 SFG
4 Darrell Evans 22 1988 41 DET
5 Dave Winfield 21 1993 41 MIN
6 Raul Ibanez 19 2013 41 SEA
7 Stan Musial 19 1962 41 STL
8 Carlton Fisk 18 1991 43 CHW
9 Carlton Fisk 18 1990 42 CHW
10 Graig Nettles 16 1986 41 SDP
11 Carl Yastrzemski 16 1982 42 BOS
Mike Zunino & Brad Miller in their Seattle Turks throwback uniforms.

Mike Zunino & Brad Miller in their Seattle Turks throwback uniforms.

  • 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.


Where’s the asterisk by Barry Bonds name? Great job by both Raul and the Mariners for returning him back in a Seattle uniform:)

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