Seager’s Journey to 100 Career Home Runs

With one out and the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning Monday night at Safeco Field, Kyle Seager worked the count to 3-1 against Astros starter Doug Fister. Sitting on a 3-1 fastball, Seager deposited a solo home run into the right-center field bleachers. The round-tripper not only gave the Mariners a lead they would not relinquish, it marked 100 career home runs for Seager.

The Mariners 3rd round draft pick in 2009, Seager becomes the 12th player to hit 100 home runs with the Mariners, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez, Alvin Davis, Raul Ibañez, Bret Boone, Jim Presley, Ken Phelps, Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre.

Seager also becomes the 7th player to hit his first 100 career home runs with the Mariners – a list that includes Davis, Phelps, Presley, Griffey Jr., Martinez and Rodriguez.

Here’s how the home run unfolded on ROOT Sports.

Here’s how the home run sounded on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network.

And here’s how the milestone home run looked through the lens of team photographer Ben Van Houten.

FIRST CAREER HOME RUN

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager follows his home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager follows his home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Wade Davis during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Kyle connected for his first career home run on August 19, 2011 off Wade Davis in Tampa Bay.

CLUTCH HOME RUNS
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One of Seager’s most memorable home run performances came on April 23, 2014 vs. Houston. Kyle drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to bring the Mariners within one run of the Astros, 3-2. With two on and one out in the bottom of the 9th, Seager proved clutch once again, clubbing a three-run walk-off home run to right field. Seager accounted for all 5 RBI in the Mariners 5-3 victory over the Astros at Safeco Field.

GRAND SLAM HOME RUNS

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his grand slam with teammate Willie Bloomquist #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 26, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Kyle Seager;Willie Bloomquist

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his grand slam with teammate Willie Bloomquist #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 26, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Kyle Seager;Willie Bloomquist

Kyle has found success with the bases loaded, prompting grandma to get out the rye bread and the mustard on three occasions. Since 2013, Seager’s 3 grand slams ranked tied-for-5th in Major League Baseball. Only Chris Davis, Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Trout and teammate Nelson Cruz have hit more grand slams than Kyle Seager in that time frame.

Seager went yard twice, including a grand salami, while driving in a career-high 6 RBI in a 7-6 win on May 26, 2015 at Tampa Bay. It was one of six career multi-homer games for Seager.

SEAGER HOME RUN NOTES

  • Seager is one of seven players to record at least four 20-homer seasons with the Mariners, joining a list that includes Griffey (9), Martinez (8), Buhner (8), Ibañez (5), Rodriguez (5) and Boone (4).
  • Seager’s 100 home runs since his rookie season in 2011 rank 6th among Major League third baseman behind Adrian Beltre (138), Evan Longoria (126), Pedro Alvarez (115), Todd Frazier (113) and Josh Donaldson (110).
  • Since making his debut with the Mariners in 2011, Seager has increased his home run total every season. Kyle belted 3 home runs in 53 games in his rookie season, followed by 20 in 2012, 22 in 2013, 25 in 2014 and 26 last year.
  • Seager reached 100 career home runs in 706 games and 2,673 at-bats. By games, Seager ranks 10th in Mariners history by number of games to 100 home runs. Seager also ranks 10th in club history by at-bats to 100 home runs (StatsPass).
  • Seager has hit 36 game-tying or go-ahead home runs in his career, including last night’s 4th inning blast.
  • With last night’s home run, Seager has now gone yard in back-to-back games 12 times. Seager homered in 3 straight games August 28 – 30, 2015.
  • Seager became the first player in MLB history to hit a game-tying grand slam in extra innings by going yard in the bottom of the 14th against the White Sox on June 5, 2013.
  • Other than his 37 home runs at Safeco Field, Seager’s most home runs in a single ballpark is 8 round-trippers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.
  • 35 of Seager’s 100 home runs have come when Kyle is batting 5th in the order. Last night’s solo homer was his 8th career when batting 6th.
  • Seager has turned around the first pitch of an at-bat for a home run on 15 occasions, but he has hit 27 home runs with 1 ball, 0 strikes – the most of any count. Seager has now gone yard on 3-1 count 7 times.
  • Seager has homered 15 times against the Texas Rangers, the most versus any club. Last night marked his 8th career home run against the Astros.
  • On his 100 career home runs, Seager has collected 169 RBI.

 

Mariners Gameday Information – April 25 vs. Astros

Game Information

Game #19 (4/25): Mariners (9-9) vs. Astros (6-13) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Doug Fister (1-2, 5.94)
Radio:
710 ESPN & 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 | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

April 25 lineup

 

Mariners Gameday Information – April 24 at Angels

Game Information

Game #18 (4/24): Mariners (8-9) vs. Angels (8-10) | 12:35 pm PT | Angel Stadium Starting Pitchers: LHP Wade Miley (0-2, 8.04) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-2, 4.70) Radio: 710 ESPN & 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 | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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Mariners Gameday Information – April 23 at Angels

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Game #17 (4/23): Mariners (8-8) vs. Angels (7-20) | 6:05 pm PT | Angel Stadium Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-1, 1.00) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (1-0, 2.61) Radio: 710 ESPN & 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 | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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Mariners Announce Game Time Change for April 30

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The Seattle Mariners announced today that their game on Saturday, April 30 versus the Kansas City Royals will now start at 7:10 pm. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 6:10 pm.

“We have a crowd of approximately 40,000 expected on Saturday night, and with the viaduct being closed and the Sounders expecting a large crowd for their 1 pm game on Saturday, we felt it was in the best interest of our fans to have as much separation as possible between the two events,” said Joe Myhra, Vice President of Ballpark Operations.

“The streets and sidewalks will be crowded. Soccer fans will need to disperse, parking spaces need to be opened up and a number of streets and lanes will have to reverse from outgoing to incoming before our fans can reach the stadium district,” said Mariners President and COO Kevin Mather. “We thought it best to give our fans another hour to arrive and let the area open up a little, rather than forcing our fans into a gridlock situation. This time change will assist the police and traffic control officers.”

The Mariners expect a substantial number of fans will arrive early to see the defending World Champion Kansas City Royals, and lines will possibly extend out into the sidewalks. In addition, Saturday night is Nelson Cruz “Boomstick” Bobblehead Night, presented by ROOT Sports for the first 20,000 fans.

Saturday is the fifth day of a six-game homestand featuring the Houston Astros (Monday – Wednesday April 25 – 27) and Royals (Friday – Sunday, April 29-May 1). Tickets remain for all six games on the homestand. Please see www.mariners.com/tickets for ticket information.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 22 at Angels

Game InformationGame #16 (4/22): Mariners (7-8) vs. Angels (7-9) | 7:05 pm PT | Angel Stadium
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Nick Tropeano (1-0, 0.84)
Radio: 710 ESPN & 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 | Angels | Mariners-Angels History

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Happy Earth Day

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The grass isn’t the only thing that’s green at Safeco Field.

The Mariners have made a long-term commitment to sustainability, making Safeco Field one of the greenest ballparks in baseball.

The Mariners have increased the recycling rate for Safeco Field from 13% in 2006 to almost 87% in 2015.

Safeco Field has been recycling compostables since 2007, resulting in the diversion of 9.4 million pounds of food and yard waste from the landfill. The food scraps and grass clippings are mingled with organic matter collected from businesses, restaurants, and homeowners across the greater Seattle area and transformed by Cedar Grove into compost that is prized by gardeners across the Northwest.

On Tuesday, the first 5,000 fans leaving the game against the Houston Astros game will receive nine-quart bags of official Safeco Field soil, courtesy of Cedar Grove Compost.

The first 5,000 fans leaving Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros will receive a bag of Safeco Field Soil, courtesy of Cedar Grove Composting.

The first 5,000 fans leaving Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros will receive a bag of Safeco Field Soil, courtesy of Cedar Grove Composting.

Safeco Field Sustainability

Safeco Field is one of the most sustainably operated facilities in the world. Almost 87% of all waste generated at the ballpark was recycled or composted last year, diverting almost 3,000,000 pounds of recyclable material from the waste stream.

Every year since 2010, the Mariners have been honored by Major League Baseball as American League Recycling Champions.

Additionally, Safeco Field has the lowest “energy intensity” of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. Energy intensity is a measure of a facility’s energy efficiency. In 2015, the Mariners became the first MLB team to install LED lights to illuminate the playing field. The LED lights use 60%-70% less energy than old-technology metal halide lamps.

15 Facts – Felix Strikeouts

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Felix Hernandez made history in his last start when he pushed himself into a tie with Randy Johnson for the career strikeout lead in Seattle Mariners history. Today we celebrate his accomplishment with 15 facts about Felix strikeouts.

 

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Felix is one strikeout away from passing Randy Johnson to become the M’s all-time K King.

  • Felix Hernandez 2,162
  • Randy Johnson 2,162

 

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Felix has recorded strikeouts versus all but two teams in Major League Baseball.

  • Seattle Mariners
  • St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals will visit Safeco Field for a weekend series June 24th to the 26th.

 

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The top three teams by strikeout for Felix:

  • Angels 301
  • Rangers 279
  • A’s 272

 

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Felix has fanned the fourth hitter in the batting order more than any other.

  • Batting 4th 274
  • Batting 8th 260
  • Batting 5th 257

 

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Grant Green owns the most AB’s versus Felix with nothing but strikeouts.

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Felix has recorded 6 seasons of 200 or more strikeouts which is tied for 12th most in MLB . Here are the top 11:

  • Nolan Ryan 15
  • Randy Johnson 13
  • Roger Clemens 12
  • Tom Seaver 10
  • Pedro Martinez 9
  • Bob Gibson 9
  • Bert Blyleven 8
  • Steve Carlton 8
  • Gaylord Perry 8
  • Mickey Lolich 7
  • Walter Johnson 7

 

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 Felix has fanned seven of his current teammates.

  • Nelson Cruz 17
  • Chris Iannetta 11
  • Adam Lind 9
  • Robinson Cano 7
  • Seth Smith 7
  • Leonys Martin 5
  • Franklin Gutierrez 2

 

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Felix Hernandez is currently 59th on the career Major League strikeout list with 2,162. He is 200 K’s away from passing 8 more Hall of Famers on the list.

  • Pete Alexander 2,198
  • Jim Palmer 2,212
  • Eddie Plank 2,246
  • Lefty Grove 2,266
  • Juan Marichal 2,303
  • Rube Waddell 2,316
  • Early Wynn 2,334
  • Robin Roberts 2,357

He is already ahead of 31 Hall of Fame pitchers including Catfish Hunter, Whitey Ford and Cy Young.

 

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The nine hitters Felix has K’d the most:

  • Torii Hunter 22
  • Curtis Granderson 21
  • Josh Hamilton 21
  • Mike Trout 21
  • David Murphy 20
  • Erick Aybar 17
  • Nelson Cruz 17
  • Mark Teixeira 17
  • Alex Rios 17

 

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Felix has fanned 10 or more in a game 35 times in his career.

35 games of 10+ K’s is 35th in MLB history

 

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Henry Blanco caught Felix 11 times when he was with Seattle. He is one of 19 catchers to record a K from The King. Here are the catchers who have caught the most Felix K’s:

  • Kenji Johjima 406
  • Mike Zunino 401
  • Rob Johnson 300

 

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 Pitchers have faced Felix 26 times and 12 is the number of times they have not struck out.

(2-26) .077 14 K’s

 

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Jay Gibbons and Brennan Boesch each have 13 at-bats versus Felix without striking out. That is the most for any hitter without a K.

 

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 Felix is 14th for strikeouts for a pitcher within one ballpark since 1913

  • Steve Carlton 1,615 (Veterans Stadium)
  • Mickey Lolich 1,536 (Tiger Stadium)
  • Don Sutton 1,498 (Dodger Stadium)
  • Nolan Ryan 1,446 (Anaheim Stadium)
  • Phil Niekro 1,442 (Fulton County Stadium)
  • Roger Clemens 1,398 (Fenway Park)
  • Tom Seaver 1,370 (Shea Stadium)
  • Walter Johnson 1,242 (Griffith Stadium)
  • Chuck Finley 1,236 (Anaheim Stadium)
  • Dazzy Vance 1,201 (Ebbets Field)
  • Randy Johnson 1,192 (Kingdome)
  • Jim Palmer 1,191 (Memorial Stadium)
  • Juan Marichal 1,144 (Candlestick Park)
  • Felix Hernandez 1,139 (Safeco Field)
  • Randy Johnson 1,138 (Chase Field)

 

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Felix set his career high of 15 strikeouts on June 8, 2014 versus Tampa Bay. He did it in 7 innings.

Nelson Cruz Honored For His Philanthropic Work

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Nelson Cruz awarded the first-ever Boomstick Scholarship to Diana Antigua, a student from the Bronx, at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York.

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was honored for his philanthropic work during the recent trip to New York for the Yankees series.

At the event on April 14, called Boomstick & Friends, Cruz was presented with a proclamation by Adriano Espaillat, a fellow Dominican, who is a member of the New York state senate.

Also in attendance were Cruz’s teammates Robinson Canó, Leonys Martin, Joel Peralta and third base coach Manny Acta.

Cruz established the Boomstick Foundation, and has made it a priority to give back to those in need not only in his native Dominican Republic, but in Seattle and other communities in the U.S.

At the event, the first-ever Boomstick Scholarship was awarded to Diana Antigua, a student from the Bronx, who “represents the ideals and values needed to succeed in life.”

Nelson Cruz, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Robinson Canó at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York to honor Cruz for his philanthropic efforts.

Nelson Cruz, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Robinson Canó at the Boomstick & Friends event in New York to honor Cruz for his philanthropic efforts.

Earlier this year, Cruz in conjunction with the MLB Players Association, donated wheelchairs as well as other orthopedic necessities to his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic. He has also held baseball clinics for youth, and has donated baseball and softball equipment to leagues back home. Last year, Cruz became a spokesman for Aid for AIDS and its “Un Batazo Contra El VIH,” (A Hit Against HIV).

Cruz has also donated a fire truck and ambulances to his hometown fire department, and over the winter, he worked with the Seattle Fire Department to collect used equipment to outfit the community’s firefighters.

Cruz credits his parents as his inspiration for teaching him the value of education, and setting an example of giving back to the community. Both of Cruz’s parents were teachers, and his father was instrumental in establishing his community’s first fire station.

Senator Adriano Espaillat, member of the New York state senate, and a native of the Dominican Republic, presented Cruz with a Proclamation from the New York State Senate, for his great contributions to society & the youth.

Mariners Gameday Information – April 21 at Cleveland

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Game #15 (4/21): Mariners (6-8) vs. Indians (6-6) | 9:10 am PT | Progressive Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Cody Anderson (0-1, 5.91)
Radio: 710 ESPN & 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
Game Information: Mariners | Indians | Mariners-Indians History

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04.21.16 Game Notes

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