The annual Seafair Torchlight Parade will be held Saturday night (July 25) starting at 7:30 pm and run down 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. And the Mariners will be well-represented with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano serving as the grand marshals for the parade following the 1:10 pm game vs. the Blue Jays.
The Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Northwest and a highly anticipated event for thousands of people lining the parade route year-after-year. Precision drill teams, community floats, regional and international bands, equestrian units, giant helium balloons, comical clowns and swashbuckling pirates all come together for one magical night in downtown Seattle to celebrate true family and community entertainment.
The parade is the largest in the Northwest, drawing over 300,000 on-site spectators and an additional 700,000 television viewers. Fans can expect to see an array of entertainment – including floats, marching bands, drill and dance teams, gigantic character balloons, Seafair Pirates and Clowns, local celebrities, personalities and more!
KIRO 7 TV in Seattle will have live coverage of the parade, so be sure to tune in to check out King Felix and Cano in the parade.
Prior to Saturday’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, the Mariners will honor the life and legacy of legendary Washington State University Baseball Coach Charles “Bobo” Brayton. Brayton passed away in late March.
Brayton skippered Washington State for 33 seasons (1962-94) and won nearly 70 percent of his games, compiling 1,162 career wins. His Cougar squads captured 21 conference titles, made 10 NCAA postseason appearances and a pair of trips to the College World Series (1965, 1976). Together, Bailey and Brayton combined to win two-thirds of their games in 65 seasons. The current Cougar facility is named Bailey-Brayton Field in their honor and in 2007 Brayton was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Saturday is “WSU Cougar Day” at Safeco Field, and what better way to honor one of the greatest Cougs of all-time. Bobo’s wife, Eileen, and son’s, Herb and Fritz, will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Here are two articles on Bobo and his legacy as a college baseball coach:
- Bobo Brayton a Cougar to the end | Spokesman Review | By John Blanchette
- Bobo Brayton: My last interview with WSU’s baseball legend | Seattle Times | By Larry Stone
The two competitors the Mariners sent to the Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals placed second and third in their divisions.
The finals were held last week at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, just before the All-Star Home Run Derby.
Haley Loffer, 13, of Hayden, Idaho, placed second in the 13-14 Year Old Girls Division, and 10-year old Trevor Cogley, also of Hayden, placed third in the 9-10 Year Old Boys Division.
Both Haley and Trevor qualified for the National Finals because they were among the three top finishers in their age divisions among all Pitch, Hit & Run competitors across the country. This was Trevor’s first trip to the Finals. Haley went to the 2013 Finals at Citi Field in New York, where she placed third in the 11-12 Year Old Girls Division.
Pitch, Hit & Run is part of “PLAY BALL,” MLB’s initiative aimed at getting kids to participate in all kinds of baseball and softball activities.
Watch Induction Ceremony This Sunday on the MLB Network
This Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, NY, Randy Johnson will be formally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Seattle Mariners congratulate the “Big Unit” – a true first-ballot Hall of Famer. Among his career accomplishments, he won 303 games and struck out 4,875 (second in baseball history behind only Nolan Ryan).
As we all know by now, on his plaque, “Big Unit’s” cap will bear the logo of the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the first member of that franchise in the Hall. Randy earned four Cy Young Awards in his eight seasons there (118-62), and was a star on Arizona’s 2001 World Championship team. Congratulations to the D-backs.
As sports fans in the Northwest are well aware, Randy’s contributions to the Seattle Mariners were significant. In his ten seasons here, he developed quickly from prospect to “Randy Johnson, Hall of Fame pitcher.” He threw the first no-hitter in team history in 1990, won his first Cy Young Award here in 1995 and starred in the Mariners first AL West title and in the playoffs. He led the American League in strikeouts four times. His record in a Mariners uniform was 130-74. Randy entered the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012.
Did you know that……?
Eight inductees of Baseball’s Hall of Fame have ties to the Mariners. Randy is the most visible and had the longest tenure here, but six others have worn the uniform and one sat in the GM chair.
Pat Gillick, HOF Class of 2011, was the Mariners general manager for four years (2000-2003).
Dick Williams, HOF Class of 2008, managed the team over three seasons (1986-88).
Gaylord Perry, HOF Class of 1991, pitched for the 1982-83 Mariners, winning his milestone 300th game in the Kingdome in 1982.
Bill Mazeroski, HOF Class of 2001, was the Mariners third base and infield coach in 1979-80.
Rickey Henderson, HOF Class of 2009, joined the Mariners mid-season in 2000, and was a contributor the playoff team that October.
Rich “Goose” Gossage, HOF Class of 2008, was in the Mariners bullpen in 1994, and retired when the baseball season ended prematurely because of the strike.
Paul Molitor, HOF Class of 2004, was the Mariners hitting coach in 2004.
What about Edgar?
Jerry Crasnick wrote this on espn.com:
A day after Pedro Martinez called the former Mariners’ DH the toughest hitter he ever faced, Randy Johnson went a step further: He said if he had a Hall of Fame ballot, Edgar Martinez would be the first name he would check.
“The first person that comes to my mind was a teammate of mine for 9½ years and the greatest hitter I ever played with,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I’ve faced a lot of Hall of Fame hitters, and my gosh, Edgar is the best hitter that I ever saw.”
Don’t Forget Dave…..
Yes, the Mariners beloved radio-TV broadcaster Dave Niehaus was the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding work over 3- years as “Voice of the Mariners.”
And while we’re at it…..
Three Hall of Fame players are natives of the state of Washington – Earl Averill (the Earl of Snohomish, WA), Ryne Sandberg (Spokane) and Ron Santo (Seattle).
Last Wednesday, at the annual Information Display Entertainment Association (IDEA) conference, the Seattle Mariners were voted “Best Overall In-Park Video Presentation” in Major League Baseball. This is the third consecutive year the Mariners have received this award. My Oh My Productions, the Mariners in-house video and graphics production team, accepted the award on behalf of the Mariners organization. Ben Mertens, Director of Productions, Olav Nossum, Multimedia Producer and Chase Decker, Video Editor are responsible for producing the innovative content created for MarinersVision.
In addition, Ben Mertens was recognized with IDEA’s “President’s Award” for outstanding contributions to the sports entertainment industry.
The Information Display Entertainment Association is the professional association for the event presentation industry. Founded in 1982, IDEA members represent teams, facilities, manufacturers and suppliers worldwide and include professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey, racing, soccer, arenas, convention centers, stadiums and universities.
Game #90 (7/17/15): Mariners (41-48) at Yankees (48-40) | 4:05 pm PT/7:05 pm ET | Yankee Stadium
Starting Pitchers: LHP Mike Montgomery (4-3, 2.29) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-3, 3.63)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
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
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Yankees | Mariners-Yankees History
Roster | Midseason Report | 2015 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook
This week on ROOT SPORTS’ Mariners All-Access, a special Friday debut of Randy Johnson: Journey to Cooperstown.
The half-hour program takes a look at Randy’s long and amazing career and the legacy he left Major League Baseball. Highlights include:
- Career Accomplishments – a brief rundown of the numbers that landed Randy in the Hall of Fame.
- Facing Randy – Randy Johnson had a reputation of being an intimidating presence and a dominating pitcher. Hear from players who faced the Big Unit and find out what it was like to be behind the plate when he was pitching.
- Randy as Mentor – Both Felix Hernandez and Tim Lincecum had conversations with Randy that helped change the way they looked at their careers. See how the lefty helped to pay it forward as his career was winding
- Young Randy – He wasn’t always a dominating pitcher. There was a time when he was intimidating because of his lack of command. Hear how he harnessed his potential while in Seattle and how his time in the Northwest helped set the course for his Hall of Fame career.
- Jon Miller on reaching 300 wins – Jon Miller was the voice of the San Francisco Giants when Randy recorded career win number 300. Hear how Randy almost missed the celebration and which family member called the clubhouse to make sure he didn’t.
In addition, you’ll hear from Randy throughout the show on how pitching today differs from when he played, discover his affection for the fans in Seattle, and learn why the fans in Seattle deserve credit for his success.
Randy Johnson: Journey to Cooperstown debuts Friday at 3pm. It re-airs Saturday 3pm, Wednesday 3pm and throughout the season. It will be updated with ceremony highlights after his induction July 26th.
The regular Mariners All-Access will debut on Sunday.
As part of the July 2 International Signing Period, Seattle Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner announced the signing of 16-year-old shortstop Carlos Vargas out of the Dominican Republic.
Vargas, listed at 6-3, 180 pounds, was recently in Seattle to sign his contract and took batting practice and infield with the Everett AquaSox.
Here are some pictures of Vargas and a scouting video from Baseball America.
Here is an excerpt from an article on Vargas’ signing on MLB.com:
Scouts like Vargas’ raw power along with his projectable body, and there’s a belief that he will hit for power in the future.
On defense, the teenager could be athletic enough to stay at shortstop as he matures, but he could also end up at third base because of his size. He could also end up in the outfield.
A veteran of MLB’s Amateur Prospect League, Vargas was one of several top international prospects selected to participate in the inaugural International Prospect Series at USA Baseball’s National Training Complex, a joint venture between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Vargas went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in two games against a pair of North Carolina high school teams during the series.
Vargas will train at the Mariners Latin Academy in the Dominican Republic and will make his professional debut starting in 2016.
If you are looking for a place to find out how Nelson Cruz stacks up against American League sluggers or what Felix Hernandez accomplished during the first half of the season, we’ve got you covered. The annual Mariners Mid-Season Report has been published and we would love to share with our fans. Enjoy reading about the Mariners All-Stars (Felix & Cruz), the impressive first-half performances and an abundance of baseball statistics. There is even a complete rundown of the Mariners minor league system for you to freshen up on who is playing well down on The Farm!
Felix Hernandez, Nelson Cruz and Lloyd McClendon represented the Mariners in tonight’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, won by the American League 6-3.
Felix threw a 1-2-3 3rd inning with one strikeout, needing only 8 pitches to take care of DJ LeMahieu (flyout), Andrew McCutchen (strikeout) and Todd Frazier (groundout). Felix has now worked 4.0 scoreless innings in his four All-Star game appearances (6 ASG selections). Felix is now one of 21 pitchers in All-Star Game history with 4.0 scoreless innings, and joins Tigers LHP David Price for most scoreless All-Star Game innings amongst active players.
Cruz went 0-for-2 making the start for the American League at designated hitter.
The American League beat the National League 6-3 to earn home field advantage for the AL in the World Series. The AL has won three consecutive Midsummer Classics, and 15 of the last 19.