Behind the Scenes at Safeco Field – Legends Room

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The Legends Conference Room on the suite level of Safeco Field.

Throughout the offseason we will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at Safeco Field. To start with, we wanted to share with you the rebranding of the conference rooms at Safeco Field. The main goal is to celebrate our history and current team in a more dynamic way throughout our offices.

The rebranding of the conference rooms at Safeco Field is an effort to give these rooms that are utilized by front office staff, corporate partners and fans a fresh look. The rooms will celebrate the organization’s history as well as the current team.

The first room that received a new-look was the large conference room on the suite level of Safeco Field. This room is not only used by Mariners staff but it can be booked on a game day by fans looking for a bigger space to have a meeting or a pre-game gathering (more on booking an event). The room was rebranded the “Legends Room.”  It features all of the Mariners Hall of Famers as well as various photographs of Safeco Field.

Four other conference rooms will be rebranded this off-season. One will honor Ken Griffey Jr.  Another will pay tribute to “Mr. Mariner” Alvin Davis.  A third will salute the Mariners all-time hits leader Ichiro Suzuki. The fourth will celebrate the current team with images of Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Hisashi Iwakuma and others.

All the work will be completed by the end of January 2015.

Here are some pictures of the Legends Room:

Felix Hernandez Selected as Hutch Award Finalist

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Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Hutch Award.

Here are detailed sketches of all 10 finalists for the award.

This year we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hutch Award at the Hutch Award Luncheon while raising funds to benefit cancer research at Fred Hutch. Over the past 15 years, the Hutch Award Luncheon has raised gross proceeds of more than $4.3 million to support lifesaving research.

Presented each year in Seattle at Safeco Field, and ranked as one of the top annual awards given to a Major League Baseball player, the Hutch Award recognizes the MLB player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of the legendary leader and Seattle native, Fred Hutchinson.

Felix has been a team leader, both on and off the field, in his 10 seasons with the Mariners after debuting as a 19-year-old in 2005. In the community he is been heavily involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Humane Society, is the spokesperson for the “Refuse to Abuse” campaign in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Seattle native Macklemore launch a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign. Felix is also the Mariners nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award.

On the field Felix is one of the most dominating pitchers in the Majors, going 15-6 with an American League-leading 2.14 ERA in 2014 and is 125-92 with a 3.07 ERA in 303 career starts. He is a 5-time All-Star, including being selected as the starting pitcher for the AL in the 2014 Midsummer Classic in Minneapolis.

The 2015 luncheon will be held at Safeco Field (left field playing surface) on Thursday, January 29. Past winners of the Hutch Award include Raul Ibañez (2013), Jamie Moyer (2003), Omar Vizquel (1996) and John Olerud (1993) to name just a few.

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Felix Hernandez is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Hutch Award.

Charlie Furbush – Live Chat Rewind

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Mariners relief pitcher Charlie Furbush visited the Seattle Times this afternoon for a Live Chat. Charlie answered fans questions for over an hour and then got a small tour of the newsroom. You can view the chat transcript by clicking on the image below:

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Mariners Care Raises $1 Million for NW Charities

The slogan for the Mariners non-profit foundation Mariners Care is “a side of Mariners Baseball you don’t always see.” And it’s true. The foundation and our corporate partners are involved in fundraising efforts each year, some more visible than others, with all the proceeds going to support primarily youth-oriented community service programs across the Northwest.

This year, the total for all Mariners Care activities was over $1 million. When you add that to the efforts since 2000, Mariners care has generated over $15.8 million to help a variety of charitable programs, everything from Seattle Children’s Hospital to the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

We also owe you, the fans, many thanks, because you helped make it happen with your bids on silent auctions of memorabilia at Saturday home games, your entry fees to play at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament and your donations of new and used baseball and softball equipment to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

In 2014, the Mariners Care activities also include the All-Star Celebrity Softball Classic that raised over $1 million to benefit services for homeless youth in King County. The game was staged by United Way of King County and the Seattle Mariners, with teams captained by Mariners Hall of Famers Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner.

Mariners Chair and CEO Howard Lincoln has set the bar high for the organization to make a positive and lasting impact on our community. For the last three years, the Mariners Front Office has reached 100% participation in the United Way giving campaign, and every Mariners player participates in and supports various community programs and causes from hospital visits to speaking with elementary school kids.

“It’s a side of Mariners Baseball you don’t always see.”

Mariners players at Hilltop Elementary School in Burien.

Mariners players at Hilltop Elementary School in Burien.

2014 Mariners Care Highlights

All-Star Celebrity Softball Classic for Homeless Youth
On June 21, the Mariners and United Way held a celebrity softball game at Safeco Field to benefit homeless youth in King County.  Mariners Hall of Famers Dan Wilson and Jay Buhner served as team captains. The second annual event raised $1,000,000.

Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $200,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 29th annual golf tournament and auction held on June 26 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The 29th Annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament raised over $200,000 for CF research.

The 29th Annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament raised over $200,000 for CF research.

Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
Rick Rizzs, Dave Henderson, and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club held the 13th annual dinner and auction to benefit Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $200,000.

Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk at Safeco Field
The third annual Refuse To Abuse® 5k Run/Walk, held on July 19 at Safeco Field, raised $107,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse® campaign.

The Third Annual Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field raised $107,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The Third Annual Refuse to Abuse 5K at Safeco Field raised $107,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held each Saturday home game at Safeco Field, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $82,591 for Mariners Care. Since the Silent Auctions started in 2000, they have now brought in a total of $1.27 million for Mariners Care.

PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners RBI during the 2014 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. The 2014 program raised $75,000.

Sharebuilder Saves for Kids
For every save recorded by a Mariners pitcher in 2014, Sharebuilder donated $1,000 to Seattle Children’s. The Mariners had 51 saves for a total donation of $51,000.

Seattle Mariners “Groundskeeper for a Day” Fundraising Program
This season, $43,918 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the “Groundskeeper for a Day” donations offered at various auctions.

ROOT SPORTS – Mariners TeleAuction
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host an on-line TeleAuction during the June 24 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The fifth year event raised $40,000.

Charity Auction Ticket Donations
In 2014, the Mariners contributed $39,730 in tickets for charity fundraisers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Wishes
Alaska Airlines donated 10,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for every Mariners home run and 40,000 miles for every Mariners grand slam to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington. In 2014, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,400, were donated to Make-A-Wish.

Holland America Line K’s for Kids
For every Mariners strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund.  The 2014 program raised $25,000.

Felix Hernandez visits young patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour.

Felix Hernandez visits young patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On July 28, Mariners fans and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The equipment and cash donations totaled $16,000.

Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by Mariners players and manager raised $16,000 for Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation.

Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $16,000 to benefit

The annual Mariners Wives auction of baskets filled with their husbands’ Favorite Things raised $16,000 for Mariners Care.

The annual Mariners Wives auction of baskets filled with their husbands’ Favorite Things raised $16,000 for Mariners Care.

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation.

Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Concourse in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to the Mariners Care Foundation. The season ending total is $12,150.

Mariners Hall of Fame Luncheon
The 2014 Mariners Hall of Fame Luncheon honoring Lou Piniella, held on August 8, raised over $11,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through a silent auction and table centerpiece sales.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Field Maintenance Clinic
The Mariners Grounds Crew and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to present a Field Maintenance Clinic where a $10,000 grant was presented to the City of Darrington to help with the renovation of their baseball field.

Jackie Robinson Scholarship
Mariners Care, The Evergreen State College, and Seattle Central Community College teamed up for the thirteenth annual Jackie Robinson Scholarship Night.  Three scholarships were awarded for a total of $8,148.

Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at FanFest and two select 2014 home games, which featured memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $7,786 for Mariners Care.

The Martinez Foundation Silent Auction
On June 13, the Mariners hosted a silent auction at Safeco Field to benefit The Martinez Foundation which provides underserved populations with educational opportunities. The auction raised $6,340.

Fight Hunger Presented by News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
This annual food drive collected $6,300 in cash donations and 200 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.

Coors Banquet Double Plays for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation
Coors Banquet donated $100 for every double play turned by the Mariners in July and August to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation.  The program raised $4,200 to support firefighters and their families.

Mariner Moose Auction Donations
More than $600 has been raised this season for Pacific Northwest charities through Mariner Moose party donations offered at various auctions.

Felix Facts

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With the 2014 season now completed, we put the following information together on Felix Hernandez and his amazing season. We are hopeful Felix will win his second American League Cy Young Award, and the below information supports the cause.

FELIX HERNANDEZ | Cy Young Award

  • The Record – 15-6, 2.14 ERA (56 ER, 236.0 IP) in 34 starts (27 quality starts).
  • ERA Title - Claimed his second AL ERA title with a 2.14 mark ahead of Chris Sale (2.17).
  • Low ERA – ERA of 2.14 was the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez recorded a 1.74 mark in 2000.
  • Strong Finish - Posted a 1.66 ERA (7 ER, 38.0 IP) in 6 starts in September (2-1, 3 ND).
  • WHIP Leader - Had the lowest WHIP in the AL at 0.915, the lowest by an AL pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.737).
  • AL Leaderboard - ERA (1st, 2.14), Opponent Batting Average (1st, .200), Innings (2nd, 236.0), Starts (T1st, 34), Strikeouts (4th, 248), Wins (T8th, 15), Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio (5th, 5.39), Strikeouts per 9.0 IP (5th, 9.46).
  • The Felix Quality Start - Set a Major League record with 16 consecutive starts allowing 2 or fewer runs in at least 7.0 innings May 18-August 11…old record was 13 straight starts by Tom Seaver in 1971.
  • 200 Strikeouts - Is the only pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in each of the last 6 seasons (since 2009)…recorded his 6th consecutive season exceeding 200 strikeouts and 200.0 innings pitched; tied for 3rd-longest streak in MLB history behind Tom Seaver (9, 1968-76), Roger Clemens (7, 19867-92) and Walter Johnson (7, 1910-16),
  • Opponent Batting Average – Led the AL with a .200 opponent batting average.
  • Opponent On-Base Pct - Recorded the lowest opponent on-base percentage in the AL at .243, the 3rd-lowest by an AL pitcher during the designated hitter era (since 1973), trailing only Pedro Martinez (.213 in 2000) and Justin Verlander (.242 in 2011).
  • OPS & Slugging – Held opponents to a .546 OPS (2nd in AL) and .303 slugging percentage (2nd in AL).
  • You’ll Get 7.0 – Pitched at least 7.0 innings in 24 of 34 starts, 2nd-best in AL (Price, 26).
  • 2 of Fewer Runs Allowed - Allowed 2 or fewer runs in AL leading 25 starts (Kluber 2nd with 23).
  • Team Leader – The Mariners were 22-12 when Felix started on the mound…posted an 8-4 record and 2.10 ERA in 19 starts following a Mariners team loss.
  • No-Decision – Recorded a 1.88 ERA in 13 no-decisions (2.09 run support average in no-decisions).
  • Sabermetrics - Ranked 6th in the AL in overall WAR (2nd amongst pitchers) at 6.2.
  • All-Star Starter – Was the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star game in Minneapolis (scoreless inning, 2 K).

And here are some videos of King Felix:

Mariners Game Central – Sept. 28 vs. Angels

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Game #162: Seattle Mariners (86-75) vs. Los Angeles Angels (98-63) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (14-6, 2.18) vs. RHP Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.28)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised 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

Mid-Season Report | Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule | MarinersMedia.com
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Mariners All-Access

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This week is the final ROOT SPORTS Mariners All-Access of the 2014 regular season, and it’s a look back at a great year.

  • The Feel of September – The last few weeks have been an exciting time for the players and the fans. Hear from the Mariners on the thrill of chase in September, lessons learned and how they’ve approached the last few weeks.
  • Best plays from September – Highlights from the most meaningful games this season.
  • Best sound of the year – The Mariners celebrated several highlights and mile stone moments this year. Hear from them on those significant moments.
  • Highlights from the year – This highlight package focuses on the best plays from the second half of the season. All the drama packed in to this five minute feature.
  • Mariners Award Candidates – Several of the Mariners ranked among the league leaders in offense, defense and pitching. We run down the list of players in consideration for post-season awards including Manager Lloyd McClendon.

 Mariners All Access airs:

 

  • Sunday noon and 11pm
  • Monday 6:30am and 7pm
  • Wednesday 11pm
  • Friday 6am

 

Mariners Two Millionth Fan

Brian Grimm of Asotin, Washington, is the two millionth fan to pass through the gates of Safeco Field this season.

Brian Grimm of Asotin, Washington, is the two millionth fan to pass through the gates of Safeco Field this season.

On Saturday night, the Seattle Mariners hit an attendance milestone that hasn’t happened at Safeco Field since 2010 – the two millionth fan of the year passed through the gates of the ballpark.

Brian Grimm, a 22-year old student from Asotin, Washington, was showered with confetti and greeted by the Mariner Moose at approximately 5:10pm inside the Home Plate Gate.

Grimm, who came over with his girlfriend to attend the game with his mom, her boyfriend and his little brother. This was only the second time that Grimm had come to Safeco Field. The first time was the weekend in July 1999 when the ballpark opened.

Mariners attendance has increased 15% this year over last season. That’s the biggest percentage increase in all of Major League Baseball.

Thanks fans for a great season and for being True to the Blue!

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Mariners Game Central – Sept. 27 vs. LA Angels

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Game #161: Seattle Mariners (85-75) vs. Los Angeles Angels (98-62) | 6:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (6-4, 3.16) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (13-10, 4.61)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

Mid-Season Report | Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

Here is today’s Game Information:

#TheArrowHasLanded – Save #48

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Fernando’s arrows are taking flight. Follow the Mariners on Twitter after every Rodney save for clues to figure out where each one landed. The fan that finds the arrow will win four tickets to an upcoming home game and an on-field photo before the game. Here’s a roundup of previous scavenger hunts:

Save #39

Save #40

Save #41

Save #42

Save #43

Save #44

Save #45

Save #46

Save #47

Fernando picked up another save on Friday night, a 4-3 win over the Angels that kept the Mariners playoff hopes alive.

The search is on!

ARROW FOUND!

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