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Mariners Salute Ichiro on 3,000 Career Hits

Statement of Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln:

On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and the fans of the Northwest, I would like to congratulate Ichiro on his 3,000th hit in Major League Baseball.  It is another historic achievement in his great career, as he becomes only the 30th player to reach the milestone, one of his several Hall of Fame credentials.

Ichiro’s contributions to the Mariners franchise were immeasurable. Beginning with his American League MVP Award season in 2001, he provided the fans of the Northwest with many great moments and memories, highlighted in 2004 when he set the all-time single-season record with 262 hits.  In addition to all the hits and all the records, in his 12 seasons as a Mariner he was a 10-time All-Star and earned 10 Gold Glove Awards.

When you consider also what he accomplished in Japan, Ichiro was and is an international baseball superstar.

Prior to Ichiro’s first game for the Mariners in 2001, the late Pancho Ito, a Japanese baseball broadcaster and historian, said, “He is a genius with the bat.”  Mr. Ito was absolutely correct.

A tip of the Mariners cap to Ichiro.

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Statement of Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln:

この度イチロー選手がメジャーリーグ ベースボールで3000本安打を達成された事について、シアトル マリナーズ球団、そしてノースウェストのファンを代表して、心からお祝い申し上げます。イチロー選手の素晴らしいキャリアの中でも、3000本安打の達成は特筆すべき出来事であります。メジャーリーグの歴史の中でイチロー選手はこの大記録を作った30人目の選手であり、将来の殿堂入りへの新たな一歩になったでしょう。

シアトルマリナーズ球団にとってイチロー選手は計り知れない貢献をしてくれました。2001年シーズンのアメリカンリーグMVP賞の獲得に始まり、シアトルの街、そしてノースウェストのファンに忘れられない瞬間や特別な思い出を与えてくれました。特に2004年はメジャー安打記録を破る262本のヒットを放ち、最も輝いたシーズンでもありました。マリナーズでプレーした約12シーズンではオールスター出場10回、ゴールドグラブを10回獲得しております。

日本での活躍を含めると、彼は野球界の国際的スーパースターといえます。

2001年シーズン開始前から、野球界で誰もが知っている野球解説者の故パンチョ伊東氏からイチローはバットの天才だと伺っていましたが、まさにその通りでした。

イチロー選手、本当におめでとうございます。

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Ichiro’s name ranks among the very best in Mariners Baseball history:

MARINERS ALL-TIME BATTING TOP THREE
Games At Bats Runs
Edgar Martinez 2,055 Ichiro 7,858 Edgar Martinez 1,219
Ichiro 1,844 Edgar Martinez 7,213 Ichiro 1,176
Ken Griffey Jr. 1,685 Ken Griffey Jr. 6,317 Ken Griffey Jr. 1,113
Hits Doubles Triples
Ichiro 2,533 Edgar Martinez 514 Ichiro 79
Edgar Martinez 2,247 Ken Griffey Jr. 341 Harold Reynolds 48
Ken Griffey Jr. 1,843 Ichiro 295 Ken Griffey Jr. 30
Total Bases Batting Average Stolen Bases
Edgar Martinez 3,718 Ichiro .322 Ichiro 438
Ken Griffey Jr. 3,495 Edgar Martinez .312 Julio Cruz 290
Ichiro 3,283 Alex Rodriguez .309 Harold Reynolds 228

The Mariners Retire Ken Griffey Jr.’s Number 24

Ken Griffey Jr.’s number 24 is back in center field. On Saturday night, Griffey became the first Mariners player in franchise history to have his number retired as his number 24 was unveiled in a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field.

“He is, without question, the greatest player to have ever worn a Seattle Mariners uniform,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said.

Mather also announced that the Mariners will unveil a statue of Junior’s majestic swing outside Safeco Field next year.

Junior’s number 24 will now forever live next to Jackie Robinson’s number 42 above The ‘Pen in left-center field. It is a fitting symmetry. Few players in history have transformed the game of baseball the way that Jackie and Junior did, each in their unique ways.

“It’s overwhelming and humbling because of the number of the guy who I’m going up next to,” Griffey said in a news conference Friday. “He [Jackie Robinson] basically sacrificed his life for guys to play. It’s a weird feeling because of what he’s done to allow everyone to play this game and I’m going to be right next to him so I haven’t really had a total grasp on it. I’m going to enjoy it…It’s an unbelievable honor. I don’t take it lightly that they’re doing this.”

Griffey was the first player to request to honor Jackie by donning his number 42 on April 15, 1997 at Cleveland, the 50th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. In 2009, then-Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig announced that every player would wear Jackie’s number 42 each April 15 from then on.

“It’s only fitting that from now on, Ken’s number 24 will forever be next to Jackie’s number 42,” Mather said Saturday. “Jackie and Ken will forever be side by side at this great ballpark.”

The pre-game ceremony also included congratulatory videos to Griffey from Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, as well as famous 24’s of sports, Kobe Bryant and Jeff Gordon. But perhaps the most memorable tribute came via video from Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who ended his message with a good-natured jab at Junior.

“Pick up the phone,” Mays said. “Call me anytime you have time.”

Junior did just that during the ceremony. What a voicemail that is.

After his number was unveiled – with the help of his daughter, Taryn – Griffey stepped to the podium to address a sell-out crowd at Safeco Field. The House that Griffey Built was filled to capacity to salute the Kid who put Seattle Mariners baseball on the map – and in our hearts.

The names of those in attendance to help celebrate Junior was a who’s who of Mariners legends, Seattle sports icons and famous 24’s of baseball: Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Jamie Moyer, Cortez Kennedy, Steve Largent, Gary Payton, Spencer Haywood, Tony Perez, Rickey Henderson – and 45,618 who knew him as the fresh-faced 19-year-old in the Kingdome.

“I want to thank you guys for making me feel comfortable and allowing me to go out there and do what I always wanted to do, and that was play baseball,” Griffey said Saturday at Safeco Field.

Few have played the game like Junior did.

Pre-Game Scenes

Prior to Saturday’s game, the current Mariners all donned number 24 on their batting practice jerseys – many wearing their hats backward – marking the final time a Mariners player would wear number 24.

Junior wore number 24 with the Mariners for 13 season, beginning with his debut in 1989; no Mariners player has worn it since then.

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Griffey Weekend Underway in Seattle

BVH_Q9U5588Griffey Weekend at Safeco Field

Saturday, August 6 vs. Angels
Season Ticket Holder Gate (RF Gate) Opening: 2:40 p.m.
All Gates Open: 3:40 p.m.
Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony: 5:30 p.m.
First Pitch: 6:40 p.m.

Sunday, August 7 vs. Angels
All Gates Open: 10:40 a.m.
First Pitch: 1:10 p.m.

The I-90 bridge will be closed intermittently throughout the weekend for Seafair festivities. Make your plans to arrive early to Safeco Field.

The Mariners will honor Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. over the course of Griffey Weekend this Friday – Sunday at Safeco Field. The highlight of Griffey Weekend will be the Ken Griffey Jr. Number Retirement Ceremony prior to Saturday night’s game vs. the Angels. Junior’s number 24 will become the first number of a Mariners player ever retired by the franchise.

“For a team to do that is the ultimate sign of respect for what you did on the field,” Griffey said Friday in a news conference at Safeco Field. “It’s overwhelming, humbling because of the number of the guy [Jackie Robinson] who I’m going up next to. He basically sacrificed his life for guys to play. It’s a weird feeling because of what he’s done to allow everyone to play this game and I’m going to be right next to him, so I haven’t really had a total grasp on it. I’m going to enjoy it…It’s an unbelievable honor. I don’t take it lightly that they’re doing this.”

Junior was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, New York. On Friday, Griffey compared his emotions in preparation for Saturday’s ceremony at Safeco Field to his anticipation of joining the greats of the game in Cooperstown.

“I got to share a little bit of my story with 50,000 people [in Cooperstown],” Griffey said. “I get to do it again tomorrow [Saturday]. It’s just that these 50,000 have seen me play up close for years on a regular basis. It’s a big deal. I don’t take what I do lightly, and tomorrow is definitely one of those things. It’s special. It’s pretty neat. I get to enjoy it with the people who have seen me from a teenager to a 40-year-old.”

Junior had a busy day in Seattle on Friday. It began with him raising a “24” flag atop the Space Needle in the morning. Later at Safeco Field, Griffey spoke at a luncheon to support Seattle Children’s Hospital before catching up with long-time friends, including his former teammate and Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez.

Saturday is shaping up to be another special day at Safeco Field, around Seattle and throughout the Northwest as we celebrate The Kid.

Scenes from Friday in Seattle

Mariners Acquire LHP Ariel Miranda from Baltimore

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Ariel Miranda from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wade Miley.

“Ariel Miranda is a power left-handed pitcher with a four-pitch mix that is Major League ready that provides us with flexibility,” Dipoto said. “We are very excited for what he can bring to the Mariners.”

Miranda, 27, is 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA (44 ER, 100.2 IP) in 19 starts with AAA Norfolk this season. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-hander has struck 87 while walking just 31. Over his last 7 starts with Norfolk dating back to June 18, Miranda is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (9 ER, 42.0 IP) with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks. Earlier this season on July 3 at Seattle, Miranda made his Major League debut, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts over 2.0 innings pitched.

In 2015, Miranda combined for a record of 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA (28 ER, 70.0 IP) with 71 strikeouts and 26 walks in 14 combined starts with the GCL Orioles, A Frederick and AA Bowie. Miranda was named Carolina League pitcher of the Week for the week of July 13-19, 2015 after going 1-0 with a 0.81 ERA (1 ER, 11.0 IP) with 13 strikeouts and 2 walks in 2 starts for A Frederick.

A native of Havana, Cuba, Miranda originally signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent on May 27, 2015. Miranda pitched seven seasons in the Serie Nacional Cuban League, compiling a career record of 22-25 with a 3.78 ERA (162 ER, 386.0 IP) with 274 strikeouts and 151 walks in 80 career games, including 64 starts.

Miley, 29, is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA (62 ER, 112.0 IP) in 19 starts with the Mariners this season. He won his start yesterday, allowing one run in 7.0 innings against Chicago-NL at Wrigley Field. He is 1-6, 4.46 (20 ER, 40.1 IP) in his last 7 starts, after beginning the season 6-2, 5.27 (71.2 IP, 42 ER) in his first 12 starts.

Miley has a career mark of 56-54 with a 4.07 ERA (427 ER, 944.1 IP) in 157 career appearances (153 starts) with Arizona, Boston and Seattle. Seattle acquired Miley on Dec. 7, 2015 (with RHP Jonathan Aro) from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for RHP Carson Smith and LHP Roenis Elias.

“We are appreciative of everything that Wade did for the Mariners organization, culminating with his best performance of the season yesterday against the Chicago Cubs, one of the best teams in the league,” Dipoto said. “We are glad that Wade can go from one team in playoff contention to another, and to a division that he has had success in during his career.  This decision is the best move for the Mariners present and future.”

Mariners Gameday Information – July 31 at Cubs

Game Information

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Game #103 (7/31): Mariners (52-50) vs.  Cubs (62-41) 5:08 pm PST | Wrigley Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.45) vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-7, 3.29)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ESPN
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
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Mariners Gameday Information – July 30 at Cubs

Game Information

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Game #102 (7/30): Mariners (51-50) vs.  Cubs (62-40) 11:20 am PST | Wrigley Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley   (6-8, 5.23) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.76)
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
Game Information: Mariners | Cubs | Mariners-Cubs History

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Mariners Gameday Information – July 29 at Cubs

Game Information

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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
Game Information: Mariners | Cubs | Mariners-Cubs History

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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

Game Information

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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