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Mariners Gameday Information – July 29 at Cubs

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Game #101 (7/29): Mariners (51-49) vs.  Cubs (61-40) 11:20 am PST | Wrigley Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 3.96) vs. LHP Jon Lester (10-4, 3.09)
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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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

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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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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

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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
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Canó Crush Home Run Derby

Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó and 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard take part in a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square last Friday.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard take part in a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square last Friday.

Last week, it was a Home Run Derby in Pioneer Square for a good cause. Tonight, Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó is hosting the Roc Nation Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game.

Fresh from his appearance in the MLB All-Star Game, Canó took time for a friendly Home Run Derby at Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park last Friday.

Club members from the Mercer Island, Kirkland and Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Clubs participated in a home run hitting contest to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

Kids from 8-10 years old got a chance to take some hacks during preliminary rounds, and four finalists got to stand in as Canó pitched to them. Everyone had a great time, except maybe the Mariner Moose, who must have been wearing a Hit It Here sign as he took several direct hits with line drives. Fortunately, the squishy baseballs didn’t do any permanent damage.

At the end of the event, Canó was joined by representatives of HTC, the Seattle-based innovator in smartphone technology, to present a check for $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

Mariners Acquire 1B Dan Vogelbach & RHP Paul Blackburn from the Cubs

The Mariners acquired 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn from the Cubs on Wednesday. Vogelbach, pictured above, is batting .318 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 64 RBI with AAA Iowa this season.

The Mariners acquired 1B Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn from the Cubs on Wednesday. Vogelbach, pictured above, is batting .318 with 18 doubles, 16 home runs and 64 RBI with AAA Iowa this season.

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired first baseman Dan Vogelbach and right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and right-handed pitcher Jordan Pries.

The Mariners 40-man roster remains full.

Vogelbach, 24, has reached base safely in 76 of 89 games, batting .318 (97×305) with 53 runs scored, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 16 home runs, 64 RBI and 55 walks with AAA Iowa this season. The 6-0, 250-pound left-handed first baseman was named to the Triple-A All-Star team and currently leads the PCL in on-base percentage (.425), while also ranking 2nd in walks and OPS (.972), T4th in RBI, T6th in total bases (167), 7th in slugging percentage (.548), T7th in home runs, T8th in extra-base hits (36) and 9th in average.

Vogelbach has already recorded his 4th season with at least 15 home runs and is on pace to pass his career-high in home runs set in 2013 when he hit 19 home runs combined between Kane County and Daytona. He hit his fourth career multi-home run game on May 9, 2016 at Omaha (2×4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI). Dating back to June 25, Vogelbach has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games, including 9 multi-hit contests, batting .420 (29×69) with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 15 RBI and 9 walks.

Vogelbach was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, FL. Over six seasons in the minor leagues, he is batting .290 (523×1804) with 280 runs scored, 111 doubles, 7 triples, 76 home runs, 323 RBI and 294 walks in 500 career games. He was added to the Cubs 40-man roster on November 20, 2015 after his sixth professional season. Voglebach was a selected to the 2012 Topps/Minor League Base Short-Season All-Star Team, was a member of the 2013 Midwest League All-Star, a 2015 Southern League All-Star and represented the United States in the 2015 Pan American Games in Ajax, Ontario.

Blackburn, 22, was 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA (36 ER, 102.1 IP) with 72 strikeouts in 18 starts for AA Tennessee. He was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week April 24 after allowing zero earned runs in 8.0 innings at Mobile on April 23 and tossing 7.0 shutout frames vs. Montgomery on April 18.

In five minor league seasons in the Cubs organization, he is 26-16 with a 3.21 ERA (134 ER, 375.2 IP) with 261 strikeouts in 82 games, including 78 starts. He’s a two-time mid-season all-star: Kane County (Midwest League) in 2014 and Tennessee (Southern League) in 2016. He was originally drafted by Chicago (NL) in the 1st round (56th overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, CA.

Montgomery, 27, was 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA (16 ER, 61.2 IP) in 32 games, including 2 starts, with Seattle this season. Montgomery began the season in the bullpen, where he was 2-3 with a 2.15 ERA (12 ER, 50.1 IP) with 44 strikeouts in 30 relief appearances. In 2 starts with the Mariners this season, Montgomery was 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA (4 ER, 11.1 IP) with 10 strikeouts.

In two Major League seasons with Seattle, he is 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA (62 ER, 151.2 IP) in 48 career games (18 starts). He was originally drafted by Kansas City in the 1st round (36th overall) in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and was acquired by Seattle from Tampa Bay in exchange for RHP Erasmo Ramirez on March 31, 2015.

Pries, 26, was 7-3 with a 4.92 ERA (46 ER, 84.0 IP) in 20 games, including 12 starts, with AAA Tacoma and AA Jackson this season. Pries opened the season with Jackson, where he was 5-2 with a 5.46 ERA (36 ER, 59.1 IP) with 62 strikeouts and 14 walks in 13 games (9 starts) over two stints with the Generals. In 7 games (3 starts) over two stints with Tacoma, Pries was 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA (10 ER, 24.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts and 7 walks.

In parts of 6 minor league seasons with Seattle, Pries is 40-24 with a 4.41 ERA (271 ER, 552.2 IP) in 109 games (93 starts). Pries was originally selected by Seattle in the 30th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Stanford University.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 19 vs. White Sox

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Game #94 (7/19): Mariners (47-46) vs. White Sox (45-47) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21)
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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Masters of the Walk-Off Home Run

Chicago White Sox v Seattle MarinersIt is perhaps one of the most exciting moments in sports – the walk-off home run. Even more electrifying is the walk-off homer that catapults a team from the edge of defeat to a thrilling comeback victory. No team in Major League Baseball this season has mastered the walk-off home run like the 2016 Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners lead the Majors in walk-off home runs this season with 5. No other team has more than 3 walk-off homers so far this season. Of the Mariners 5 walk-off homers, three have come when the team was trailing, which leads the Major Leagues.

“It’s really easy to give up, say, ‘This isn’t our night and move on’. We don’t do that,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “This club doesn’t do that…that’s why you play all 27 outs, you keep believing and you keep hoping if you can get the tying run to the plate and then the winning run to the plate, maybe you can get some magic. We’ve had that a few times.”

Seattle’s 5 walk-off homers this season are tied with the 2006 club for 2nd-most in club history, trailing only the Mariners 6 walk-off home runs in 1986. Four different Mariners have hit a walk-off home run this season, tying the club record for most players with a game-ending homer in a single season (also: 1986 & 2004).

The Mariners have hit 73 walk-off home runs in club history by 51 different players. Only 13 different players have hit 2 walk-off home runs in a single season for the Mariners, the latest being Adam Lind.

After a two-out, RBI-single from Kyle Seager, Lind was called off the bench to face White Sox closer David Robertson with the Mariners trailing Chicago, 3-1, last night. Lind belted an 0-1 fastball out to right-center field, vaulting Seattle to a 4-3 win.

“Moments like that are the best part of the season,” Lind said.

Lind is one of two players in Major League history to hit two walk-off home runs in a single season with his team trailing by two runs (Elias Sports Bureau). Lind joins David Ortiz, who turned the trick for Boston in 2006.

Take a look back at the Mariners walk-off home runs so far this season:

April 13 vs. Texas

Lee began the walk-off home run party on April 13 against the Texas Rangers. With the Mariners and Rangers tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, Lee belted a two-run home run into Texas’ left field bullpen, sending the Mariners to a 4-2 victory.

It was the first pinch-hit walk-off home run by a rookie in Mariners club history.

At age 33, Lee was the oldest rookie to hit a walk-off home run since Luke Easter hit one for the 1950 Indians at age 35.

 

May 11 vs. Tampa Bay

On May 11, Chris Iannetta broke a 5-5 tie between the Mariners and Rays with a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th. It was Iannetta’s 5th career walk-off home run and his 7th career walk-off hit overall.

 

May 24 vs. Oakland

Leonys Martin came through in the clutch with the Mariners trailing Oakland, 5-4, in the bottom of the 9th on May 24. Martin belted a 2-out, 2-run homer for a 6-5 Mariners win, marking his 2nd career walk-off home run. At the time, it was the Mariners first behind-to-ahead walk-off homer with two outs since Ichiro’s 2-out, 2-run home run in the Mariners 3-2 win vs. the Yankees on Sept. 18, 2009.

 

June 24 vs. St. Louis

With the Mariners down, 3-1, to St. Louis on June 24, Seager lead off with a double followed by a walk to Lee. Then, Lind stepped in and crushed a 3-run walk-off homer for a 4-3 Mariners win.

 

July 18 vs. Chicago-AL

Lind joins Dae-Ho Lee to give the Mariners two pinch-hit walk-off home runs this season. Prior to this year, the Mariners had recorded just two pinch-hit walk-off home runs in club history (also: Kendrys Morales, 6/23/2013 vs. OAK & Ken Phelps, 9/3/1986 vs. DET). In Major League history, only five clubs have hit 3 pinch-hit walk-off homers in the same season (Detroit, 1968; San Diego, 1986; Baltimore, 1987; Oakland, 1970 & Oakland, 2002).

Lind is the 3rd player in club history to hit a walk-off home run with two outs when trailing by two or more runs. The others are Phil Bradley, who hit a two-out grand slam home run on April 13, 1985 vs. Minnesota and Jim Presley, who belted a three-run homer with two down on May 9, 1981 vs. the Yankees. Both Bradley and Presley homered off of right-hander Ron Davis.

With his pinch-hit heroics last night, Lind becomes the 12th player in Major League history to hit a two-out, pinch-hit, walk-off home run with his team trailing by at least two runs (last: Scott Spiezio, 7/31/00 vs. DET w/LAA).

Mariners Gameday Information – July 17 vs. Houston

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Game #92 (7/17): Mariners (46-45) vs. Astros (49-42) | 1:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 2.06) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (5-6, 4.50)
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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