For 11 seasons, sports fans in the Northwest enjoyed watching one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball history, Ken Griffey Jr. In 2009-2010, fans had a chance to share with him the final days of his future Hall of Fame career.
And now today we are thrilled to announce Junior will become the seventh member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Junior will join Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Here is a fun pictorial look at Griffey’s legendary career in a Mariners uniform.
This afternoon at Safeco Field in Seattle, Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson became the fifth and sixth members of the Mariners Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place prior to today’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Dan and Randy join Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004) and Edgar Martinez (2007). The Mariners Hall of Fame was created in 1997 to honor the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise.
It is fitting that the Mariners batterymates from 1994-1998 were honored together. Both were presented with the bronze plaques that were installed for permanent display in the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest, which is located on the main concourse at Safeco Field opposite sections 132 and 136.
While their statistics help tell the story, it was their relationship that played a significant role in the life of the Mariners franchise. (Bios and playing records of Randy and Dan are attached.) Randy and Dan were batterymates for 104 starts from 1994-1998, and the Mariners were 75-29 in those games, a .721 winning percentage.
Together the Johnson-Wilson duo was an integral part of Mariners teams that also featured stars like Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez and others who brought the 1995 and 1997 American League West championships to Seattle and the Northwest. The photo of Randy and Dan embracing after beating the California Angels 9-1 to win the AL West tiebreaker on October 2, 1995, is one of the iconic scenes in franchise history.
Dan Wilson was one of the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball history. In his 12 seasons and 1,281 games with the Mariners (1994-2005), Dan registered the best fielding percentage in American League history and was a true leader on all four Mariners playoff teams.
Dan still resides in Seattle, and remains active with the Mariners as a spring training instructor and part-time radio-TV announcer. He and his wife Annie are currently co-chairs of the 2012 United Way of King County campaign.
A sure-fire first ballot National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, Randy Johnson spent ten seasons of his 22-year career with the Mariners (1989-1998) and was one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball, as evidenced by his 303 victories and by his 4,875 strikeouts, which rank second all-time to just one man – Nolan Ryan.
The one word that describes Randy on the mound is “dominating”. He was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. On his way to becoming the most recent pitcher to winning 303 games (in 2009 as a San Francisco Giant), he registered 4,875 career strikeouts, second all-time only to Nolan Ryan. His first of five Cy Young Awards in 1995 was also the first in Mariners history. His resume includes a no-hitter for the Mariners in 1990 and a perfect game for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2004. Randy resides in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife Lisa and their four children.
In honor of the Mariners Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the Mariners Care Saturday Silent Auction features a number of Hall of Fame-related items.
Fans have the chance to bid on over 25 items, many of them autographed, featuring members of the Mariners Hall of Fame as well as the National Baseball Hall of fame.
- Baseball autographed by Hall of Famer and former Mariners coach Paul Molitor
- Baseball autographed by Mariners Hall of Famer and Ford C. Frick Award winner Dave Niehaus and Hall of Fame bobblehead
- Baseballs autographed by Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson
Items also include autographed bats, a game-used bat and jersey, official line-up card, Ichiro bobblehead collection and four lower box seats to an upcoming Mariners game.
The auction table is located near Section 128 on the Main Concourse. Bidding opens when the gates open at 11:10am and concludes at the end of the second inning.
The best part of the auction is you’re not giving your money to a collector. All proceeds benefit Mariners Care, the team’s non-profit foundation which has provided over $12.5 million since 2000 for Northwest charities and worthy causes.
Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, the newest members of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, were celebrated at a luncheon on the infield of Safeco Field today.
At the head table with Randy and Dan were former Mariners pitcher Bill Krueger, catcher/broadcaster Dave Valle, outfielder/broadcaster Dave Henderson, infielder/broadcaster Mike Blowers, infielder/outfielder Rich Amaral, coach Lee Elia, former teammate and current coach Mike Brumley, manager Eric Wedge, former Teammate and Hall of Famers Edgar Martinez and Alvin Davis, Marilyn Niehaus, wife of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus, broadcaster Dave Sims and Safeco Field public address announcer Tom Hutyler.
Jay Buhner, who is also a member of the Mariners Hall of Fame, is in Spokane today for his son’s baseball tournament. But he’ll fly in tomorrow morning for the pregame induction ceremony at Safeco Field. It starts at 12:30pm.
Others who could not be in attendance provided video greetings including Bob Costas, Don Mattingly, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Cameron, Harold Reynolds, Gaylord Perry and John Kruk.
Some notable quotes and moments from the program:
Rick Rizzs on Randy– “He was a fiery pitcher who could singlehandedly take over a game, his mullet blowing in the wind.”
Bob Costas, by video, noted that Randy and Dan were part of a very special time in the history of the Mariners and as good as Randy was, he was even better with his battery mate. With Dan behind the plate, Randy’s Mariners winning percentage was .721.
Former teammate Mike Blowers on Randy’s competitive nature – “He would go out with an edge every time.”
Former Teammate Rich Amaral –“Playing behind Randy was easy. It was strike 3 and we’d throw the ball around the infield.”
Amaral on Dan – “I respected how he played the game. He played hard every day. He’s strap it on and go out there. He never complained when he caught a day game after a night game, or was out there when he was supposed to have a day off.”
Rick Rizzs on Dan—“He was a blend of intelligence and toughness, a leader on the field, an extension of the manager.”
There was a stirring video tribute of great moments in Randy’s and Dan’s careers. Of all the highlights, and there were too many to note—strike outs, runners caught stealing, amazing defensive plays by both Randy and Dan—it was one of Dan’s two inside the park home runs that got a round of applause from the audience.
Yesterday, we gave you a peek at The Big Unit section of the special commemorative Mariners Hall of Fame publication. Today, it’s Dan the Man.
The limited edition, full-color, 20 page magazine is filled with photos, stats and information about the Mariners newest Hall of Fame members Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson
The publication is available at Safeco Field and will be at outlying Team Stores by Friday. The cost is $3.
Saturday’s Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will start at 12:30pm. Fans attending the game will want to be in their seats by then.
For those at home, there are two options. 710 ESPN, the Mariners flagship radio station, and the Mariners Radio Network, will carry the ceremony and game live. Because Saturday’s game is a day game, it will not be available on ROOT SPORTS (due to the FOX/MLB exclusive TV window).
However, the pregame ceremony will be streamed live on www.mariners.com. There will also be a crew at Safeco Field from MLB.com to cover the ceremony and the game. Both will be available as a replay to mlb.tv subscribers beginning 90 minutes after the final out.
In case you’re wondering why Saturday’s game is a day game (and the Mariners are not appearing on FOX) it’s because the Seafair Thorchlight Parade and Run are taking place later that night in downtown Seattle so we scheduled a day game to help avoid traffic problems.
Plenty of good seats are available if you’d like to be at Safeco Field for this historic occasion. Plus, there will be a pretty cool giveaway of a Dan & Randy Hall of Fame bobblehead (first 20,000 fans).
In honor of Saturday’s Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame induction of Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, a limited commemorative publication has been printed.
The full-color, 20 page magazine is filled with photos, stats and information about the Mariners newest Hall of Fame members.
The publication will be available at Safeco Field starting Thursday and at outlying Team Stores by Friday. The cost is $3.
Today, we give you a sneak peek at The Big Unit, and tomorrow we will follow with the piece on Dan Wilson.
Are you following the Mariners on Pinterest?
As long as you’re there, check out the other Board such as Fan Favorites (Cammy, Griffey, Gar, Joey), Bucket List, Hair (great moments in hair styles over the years), Safeco Field Eats (Mmmm, BBQ beef brisket sandwich), etc. There are even Boards for King’s Court members and fans to post their Safeco Field photos.
You know what Pinterest is, right? That site with all those photos of food you shouldn’t eat with recipes you’ll never prepare anyway, vacation destinations you won’t go to, tiny dresses and skinny jeans that would look terrible on you, DIY projects you don’t have the skills or the tools for. But hey, there’s that tutorial on how to fold a fitted sheet.
But seriously, if you want to connect with the Mariners across all the forms of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc.) for information about the Hall of Fame induction, or any Mariners news, check out Mariners.com/Connect.
A new episode of Mariners All-Access debuts this morning at 9:30 am PT.
This week’s show is dedicated to Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson, who will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame next Saturday. Here’s a rundown of what will be featured on today’s show:
- Brad Adam goes in-depth on the career of Dan Wilson, talking with the former catcher about his baseball life in Seattle and what this city means to him.
- Jen Mueller talks to Randy Johnson about his Hall of Fame career beginning in Seattle. You’ll hear from former coaches and teammates about what they thought of the Big Unit when he first arrived from Montreal.
- Angie Mentink looks at the turning point in Randy Johnson’s career and how this one time wild thrower turned into a Cy Young Pitcher.
- Inside the Numbers on the careers of Wilson and Johnson (for you statheads).
In addition to debuting at 9:30 am this morning, the Hall of Fame edition of Mariners All-Access will re-air Monday (7/23, 6 pm), Tuesday (7/24, 6 pm), Thursday (7/26, 6pm) and Saturday (7/28, 12 pm).
When Gutierrez took the field last week, something kept catching a bit of sunlight: the gold patch on his glove.
As a 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Guti receives a specially made glove featuring the Rawlings Gold Glove patch.
The patch may seem like a minor thing, but for those elite defenders who earn a Gold Glove during their career, it has special meaning.
“It is an accomplishment for me, something that I wanted to do for a long time,” said Gutierrez. “To obtain this prize, a glove that not everybody receives, that Rawlings sends with the gold mark for each player inspires me and makes me feel happy and makes me want to work more every day.”
While the glove is special, Franklin hasn’t taken it out on the field during a game yet.
“Right now I’m using it during practices to get it used to the games,” continued Gutierrez. “I continue to use the old glove with which I won the Gold Glove but when I feel the [new] glove is ready, I’ll use it.”
His current game glove, while still in use, has already been claimed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When Gutierrez feels that it is time to move on to a new game glove, the current glove, the one with which he won a Gold Glove and set an American League record with 816 (and counting) consecutive errorless chances, will go to Cooperstown, New York.
“That is an honor and it is something that I wasn’t expecting,” said Gutierrez. “I’ll donate it with kindness knowing that it will have a special place in the Hall of Fame.”
Brendan Ryan, currently having a Gold Glove-quality season, found out just how cherished and respected those Gold Glove patches are when he received one by mistake.
“[It was] not the best experience ever,” said Ryan. “It was my first big league camp and I was one of the youngest guys there in St. Louis Spring Training. I thought I needed a bigger glove to be more of a utility guy and play some third base so I had a glove sent in. It had a gold patch on it like all the Gold Glovers are rewarded with and some of the Gold Glovers on that team didn’t take a liking to that and gave me a lot of trouble for that.”
While it would be tempting to keep such a special glove, Ryan did what any young player would do.
“I ended up having to send the glove back so we could get a regular red patch with Rawlings on that back there. I thought it was cool until I realized that guys actually earned those things and it’s actually really cool.”