Baseball America asked every big league manager to break down the best major leaguers in a variety of categories. Several Mariners were listed among the top players in the American League in the survey. Here is a direct link to the story:
The Mariners listed in the survey include the following:
- Robinson Cano
- Best Hitter (#3)
- Best Defensive 2B (#2)
- Felix Hernandez
- Best Pitcher (#1)
- Best Changeup (#1)
- Hisashi Iwakuma
- Best Control (#2)
During the final two months of the season, there are six Mariners games that conflict with the Seahawks on our flagship radio station, 710 ESPN Seattle.
In order to accommodate both teams on those dates, the Mariners games, either home or away, will be heard on 710 ESPN sister station KTTH 770 and/or on KVI 570. (For those of you keeping score at home, you’ll no doubt recall that KVI was the Mariners original flagship radio station.)
The first affected game is Thursday and the final of the six games is Sunday, September 21. Below is the list of the games affected:
- Thursday, August 7, Chicago White Sox at 7:10 pm PDT, will air on KTTH 770 & KVI 570
- Friday, August 15, at Detroit Tigers at 4:05 pm PDT, will air on KTTH 770
- Friday, August 22, at Boston Red Sox at 4:10 pm PDT, will air on KTTH 770
- Thursday, September 4, at Texas Rangers at 5:05 pm PDT, will air on KTTH 770 & KVI 570
- Sunday, September 14, Oakland A’s at 1:10 pm PDT, will air on KTTH 770
- Sunday, September 21, at Houston Astros at 11:10 am PDT, will air on KTTH 770
Gathered with his brain trust in a hotel room in Cleveland, Jack Zduriencik remade the Mariners outfield with a pair of trades today that should bolster Seattle’s offense while leaving the big league club untouched.
Zduriencik first acquired right-handed hitting outfield Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte and minor league right-handed reliever Stephen Kohlscheen.
Using that as a warm-up, Zduriencik later obtained outfielder Austin Jackson from Detroit, sending minor league infielder Nick Franklin to Tampa Bay as part of 3-team trade.
“I feel good about what we did today. You go back a few days ago and we brought Kendrys Morales on board…And now we’ve gone out and got a true leadoff hitter/center fielder and added a nice player who can play all three outfield spots on be a bat off the bench, especially against left-handers,” Zduriencik said.
“At the same time, we held on to what we think our primary prospects,” Zduriencik added. “We’re not sitting here donating players to make somebody else better. Forget about it.”
“I think defensively (Jackson is) one of the top three center fielders in all of baseball,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He gets those kinds of jumps and he plays in the biggest center field in all of baseball in Detroit. Offensively, if you look at his numbers, this guy is pretty accomplished.”
With Zduriencik in Cleveland were Asst. GM Jeff Kingston, Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn, Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara, Director of Pro Scouting Tom Allison and Major League scout Lee MacPhail Jr.
Jackson, 27, will wear #16 and join the Mariners in time for their series in Baltimore starting tomorrow at Oriole Park.
“I talked to (McClendon) for a little bit and he’s excited,” Jackson said. “They kind of talked to me about some things and what they’re trying to get done.”
The right-hander was hitting .273 (102×374) with 52 runs, 25 doubles, 5 triples, 4 home runs and 33 RBI in 100 games with the Tigers. Against left-handed pitching this season he is hitting .330 (33×100) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 7 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage and an .851 OPS.
Over his last 48 games since June 5 is hitting .314 (58×185) and in July is hitting .349 (38×109) with 18 runs, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI and an .894 OPS in 26 games.
He entered the day tied for the American League lead with 8 sacrifice flies and sixth with 5 triples.
In five Major League seasons, all with Detroit, he is hitting .277 (743×2678) with 447 runs, 140 doubles, 43 triples, 46 home runs and 234 RBI in 670 career games. He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was traded to Detroit in December of 2009 in a three-team, seven-player trade that included Arizona.
Denorfia, 34, will wear #28 and will also join the Mariners in time for their series in Baltimore starting tomorrow at Oriole Park.
He was hitting .242 (60×248) with 25 runs, 10 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run and 16 RBI in 89 games with San Diego. In his career against left-handed pitchers, he is hitting .301 (231×768) with 45 doubles, 5 triples, 18 home runs, 83 RBI and an .809 OPS. He has appeared in all three outfield positions this season (RF-55, LF-26, CF-14) and in his career he has appeared in over 150 games at each position (RF-331, LF-241, CF-164).
Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a 19th-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, he was signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent in December 2009. Over parts of nine Major League seasons with the Reds (2005-06), Athletics (2008-09) and Padres (2010-14), he has hit .275 (514-for-1868) with 90 doubles, 15 triples, 36 home runs, 173 RBI and 260 runs scored in 673 games played.
“I’m excited for the potential, for the future. I’m looking forward to going up there…to being myself, giving quality at-bats off the bench and vs. left-handers,” Denorfia said.
Denorfia is the son-in-law of former Mariners pitcher Ted Power. Power pitched for Seattle in 1993 (2-2 record with 13 saves).
The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.
Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.
“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel. “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.
“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”
Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.
“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”
Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.
“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”
Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.
“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”
Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:
Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:
Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:
Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:
Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:
Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:
Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:
The Mariners will celebrate African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field today with a pregame ceremony to honor contributions of noted African Americans to the Northwest community. Among the honorees will be Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the old Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads.
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Here is a pretty amazing photo of Herb taken by Seattle photographer Rick Takagi.
Mariners closer Fernando Rodney recorded his 200th career save this afternoon, becoming just the 45th pitcher in Major League history to record 200 saves. Rodney is 6th among active pitchers in saves, trailing only Joe Nathan (362), Francisco Rodriguez (333), Jonathan Papelbon (310), Jose Valverde (288) and Huston Street (260).
FELIX TIES MLB RECORD, SETS AL RECORD…with his start tonight vs. the Orioles allowing 1 run in 7.0 innings (10 strikeouts, 0 walks), Felix Hernandez has tied a Major League record and set an American League record by allowing 2 or less runs in at least 7.0 innings in 13 consecutive starts…list courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed, since 1900: Felix Hernandez May-July 2014 13 Tom Seaver July-Sept 1971 13 Dwight Gooden Sept 1985-May 1986 12 Chief Bender June-August 1907 12 Mike Scott May-July 1986 12 Ferdie Schupp Sept 1916-May 1917 12
Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs, AL history: Felix Hernandez May-July 2014 13 Chief Bender June-August 1907 12 Gaylord Perry April-June 1974 11 Jim Merritt June-August 1967 11
The Mariners will celebrate African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field on Sunday with a pregame ceremony to honor contributions of noted African Americans to the Northwest community. Among the honorees will be Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the old Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads.
For those how are interested in taking a closer look at the history of African American baseball in Washington, the Northwest African American Museum has an interesting exhibit called Pitch Black that features artifacts, photographs, videos and oral histories of the men and women who played and loved the game of baseball from the late 19th Century until today. The exhibition runs through November 9.
Among those featured are Roslyn miner and star pitcher Jimmy Claxton (the first African American on a baseball card), the Owls Club women’s softball team (Washington State Champs in 1938 and Seattle City Champs in 1939), and the Seattle Steelheads, the West Coast Negro Leagues team for which Herb Simpson played.
The exhibit is supported by a donation from Mariners Care, our non-profit foundation, and numerous corporate partners including the Safeco Insurance Foundation, Verizon Wireless and Wells Fargo.
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager has been named the Mariners recipient of the 2014 MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.
Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
Here is a list of Mariners recipients of the Heart and Hustle Award. Kyle will be presented his award on Fan Appreciation Night prior to the September 26 game vs. the Angels.
MLBPA Heart and Hustle Award – Mariners:
2006: Raul Ibanez
2007: Raul Ibanez
2008: Ichiro Suzuki
2009: Jose Lopez
2010: Franklin Gutierrez
2011: Miguel Olivo
2012: Munenori Kawasaki
2013: Raul Ibanez
2014: Kyle Seager