24 Stories – The Legends

Dave Niehaus and Ken Griffey Jr. shared a unique friendship, a bond forged over years spent together as each compiled their respective Hall of Fame careers. Niehaus provided the soundtrack for many of Junior’s most memorable moments in a Mariners uniform, from his home run on the first pitch he saw in the Kingdome to his sprint around the bases in game 5 of the ’95 American League Division Series to his “old-time religion” home run and so many others.

#19 – The Legends

“I think he came here as a kid – a 19-year-old kid – and he leaves as a 40-year-old kid to tell you the truth. I’m not sure age had anything to do with his demeanor.” – Dave Niehaus

“First time that Dave introduced himself, he said, ‘I’m the Mariners announcer, Dave Niehaus.’ He didn’t really say a whole lot, and then he came back and said, ‘You’re gonna be a good one.’ He said, ‘Just relax, you’ll be a good one.'” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – August 4 vs. Red Sox

Game InformationGame #107 (8/4): Mariners (54-52) vs.  Red Sox (58-48) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Ariel Miranda (0-0, 13.50) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 7.53)
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 | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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24 Stories – The Return

On June 22, 2007, Ken Griffey Jr. and the Cincinnati Reds visited Safeco Field for a three-game series against the Mariners. It was Junior’s first visit to Safeco Field since the end of the 1999 season. Safeco Field was filled to near capacity for each game, as Mariners fans turned out to welcome Griffey back to the Northwest.

“Never did I imagine that it would be like this coming back,” Griffey said before the game on the 22nd. “I didn’t realize how much I missed being in Seattle. This place will be home.”

Two years later, the Kid returned home to cap a Hall of Fame career with the Mariners.

#18 – The Return

“He had not come back to Safeco [Field] since his trade, and I went to Cincinnati to do a story on him coming back and he was genuinely concerned and anxious about how his reception would be. I think he thought he was going to get a poor reception. He came and from the second he stepped onto the field for the three days of that series, it was a total love fest. I think it went far beyond anyone’s expectation. It was 100 percent positive, standing ovation after standing ovation. I sincerley believe that the reception he got in that series is what convinced him that it was right and proper, and it would be a good thing to finish his career with the Mariners.” – Larry Stone

“It was tough leaving. I think the hardest thing for me was coming back in a different uniform, because I didn’t know how people were going to react because I had been gone for six years, seven years. Looking at me in a red uniform instead of a blue uniform. [It was] probably the most antsy I’ve been.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – August 3 vs. Red Sox

Game InformationGame #106 (8/3): Mariners (53-52) vs.  Red Sox (58-47) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 3.96) vs. RHP Rick Porcello (14-2, 3.47)
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 | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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Mariners Gameday Information – August 2 vs. Red Sox

Game InformationGame #105 (8/2): Mariners (52-52) vs.  Red Sox (58-46) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 4.26) vs. LHP David Price (9-7, 4.26)
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 | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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24 Stories – The Way to Play

Ken Griffey Jr. had one gear on the baseball field: full-speed. Whether it was gliding around the bases to score from 1st on a double or chasing down a would-be extra-base hit in the gap, Junior dominated the game with speed and grace on the diamond.

#17 – The Way to Play

“He had this penchant for getting hurt a little bit. I kept telling him, ‘Junior, shy away from it.’ He said, ‘That’s the way I play baseball.'” – Lou Piniella

“Watching how hard he played on the field every single day, I really enjoyed many of the great plays he made, robbing home runs and diving on the Astro Turf, which is not an easy thing to do. But he played really hard.” – Edgar Martinez

“He always talks about he just loves the game, and that’s why he did it. ‘It’s fun to play the game and as long as I’m having fun, I’ll keep doing it.’ There was nobody that had more fun than him on a baseball field.” – Kevin Martinez

“I enjoy what I do. That’s the biggest thing. I enjoy running out at the ballpark. Sunny days outside, things like that, I enjoy being outside, and doing something I love makes it that much better.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“Even though there were tremendous individual moments, I think it will be sort of this mental image of the greatest player of his time playing the game with joy and love.” – Larry Stone

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – August 1 vs. Red Sox

Game InformationGame #104 (7/30): Mariners (52-51) vs.  Red Sox (57-46) 7:10 pm PST | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (3-5, 4.27) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (2-4, 6.51)
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 | Red Sox | Mariners-Red Sox History

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24 Stories – The Wish

Ken Griffey Jr.‘s impact on the game of baseball is unmistakable, but his impact on the community is just as profound. Throughout his career, Junior made it a priority to spend time with children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club, Seattle Children’s Hospital and other organizations.

#16 – The Wish

“Ken wasn’t looking for the pat on the back or the press that he was doing this. He was genuinely concerned about these young children and what they were going through and wanted that moment to be intimate and special between he and the kids.” – Kevin Martinez

“Junior would just shut everything down. It would be no media was allowed, no reporters, no other photographers were able to do anything to document any of it. It was truly just a one-on-one situation with the kid.” – Ben VanHouten

“He made it an event. He put his whole heart and soul into these kids. He spent afternoons with them, evenings, sometimes, the game was about to start and he was still with a kid. The Mariners had to tell him, ‘Hey, the game’s gonna start,’ because he just had a connection. It was in his heart that he wanted to give these kids the experiences of a lifetime, and that’s what he tried to make it.” – Larry Stone

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

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

Lineup

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
Game Information: Mariners | Cubs | Mariners-Cubs History

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