24 Stories – The Number

Ken Griffey Jr. was the 7th member of the Mariners to don number 24, following RHP Frank MacCormack (1977), RHP Rob Dressler (1979-80), INF Dave Edler (1981), RHP Gene Nelson (1982-83), INF Harold Reynolds (1984-86) and bullpen coach Phil Roof (1986-88). Junior wore number 24 for 13 seasons with the Mariners, beginning with his debut in 1989, and no Mariners player or coach has worn it since then. On Saturday at Safeco Field, Griffey’s number 24 was retired at every level of the Mariners organization in a pre-game ceremony. He is the first Mariners player to have his number retired by the franchise.

In the final edition of 24 Stories, Griffey speaks on what it means to him to have his number 24 retired throughout the entire Seattle Mariners organization.

#24 – The Number

“Baseball is about numbers. You look at some of the greatest players who have played sports, they wear 24. One of the things that, when I signed my rookie contract, that was one of the things that I asked for, was to be able to wear 24. An organization has to feel that it’s worthy. For a team to do that is the ultimate sign of respect for what you did on the 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 an unbelievable honor.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out each video on Junior’s impact throughout the community, in pop culture, among the current generation of Major League stars and beyond.

24 Stories – The Fans

Ken Griffey Jr. meant so much to his fans, and they meant everything to him. Mariners fans reflect on what Junior meant to the game of baseball, to the Northwest, to the next generation of baseball players and more.

#23 – The Fans

“He was Michael Jordan to MLB…Without Griffey, the Mariners wouldn’t be the Mariners.

“He’s everything good about baseball…He came up in the system, loved the city, came back to the city, and he’s always represented Seattle so incredibly well…He saved baseball in Seattle.”

“He brought our city together.”

“One person can make everyone around him better. I think he did that.”

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out each video on Junior’s impact throughout the community, in pop culture, among the current generation of Major League stars and beyond.

Mariners Gameday Information – August 8 vs. Tigers

Game InformationGame #111 (8/8): Mariners (57-53) vs. Tigers (60-51) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (12-7, 3.99) vs. RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.42)
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 | Tigers | Mariners-Tigers History

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24 Stories – The Hall

After receiving 99.3 percent of the vote – the highest percentage in history – Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, forever cementing his legacy among the greatest players in history. His plaque now resides in the hallowed corridors of the Hall of Fame along with the likes of Ruth, Aaron, Mays and many others. In this edition of 24 Stories, Junior reflects on his place in baseball history.

#22 – The Hall

“These guys that I’m now going to be with have thrown up numbers that you just go, ‘Wow’, and I don’t feel that I did that. A guy who built a house doesn’t go talk about, ‘Wow, I built 1,300 houses.’ He just knows he can build a house. I feel that because of how I grew up, it wasn’t important for me to talk about anything but other things other than baseball. My dad didn’t come home and go, ‘Hey, I went 4-for-4 today.’ Everybody talks about some of the numbers that I have. It’s almost embarassing, like, ‘Okay’, so they take it as, ‘Oh, he’s being cocky, conceited.’ No, I just don’t know what to say. It’s just what I did. I went out and played the game that I loved to play.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out each video on Junior’s impact throughout the community, in pop culture, among the current generation of Major League stars and beyond.

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

Mariners Gameday Information – August 7 vs. Angels

Game InformationGame #110 (8/7): Mariners (56-53) vs. Angels (49-61) 1:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (3-5, 3.93) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (6-11, 4.08)
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
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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UPDATE-08.07 Lineup LAA-SEA

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.

Photo Gallery

24 Stories – The Rookie Card

It was the first baseball card produced by Upper Deck and has been long sought-after ever since. Ken Griffey Jr., the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1987 MLB Draft, was featured on the No. 1 card in Upper Deck’s 1989 baseball set. Check out today’s edition of 24 Stories, The Rookie Card, to learn the history behind the card.

#21 – The Rookie Card

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Mariners Gameday Information – August 6 vs. Angels

Game InformationGame #109 (8/6): Mariners (55-53) vs. Angels (49-60) 6:40 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-7, 3.66) vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00)
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
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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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

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