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Tonight, “Mr. Mariner” Alvin Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the on-going celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Mariners baseball. The original member of the Mariners Hall of Fame is also in town for the festivities inducting Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In addition, Alvin is joining the Mariners Player Development staff as a roving minor league instructor.
Those that have met Alvin can attest to how great of a person he is. Humble, reserved, gracious, strong, passionate…are all words that can describe the former Major League first baseman. Alvin caught up with the local media prior to tonight’s game, and we think you’ll enjoy hearing from Mr. Mariner as he talks about what he’ll be doing for the club, how he views young players and what he has been up to over the last few years. We hope you enjoy!
SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Vice President of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn announced today that Alvin Davis has joined the Mariners Player Development Department as a roving minor league instructor.
“I am really excited to add Alvin to our player development staff,” Gwynn said. “His knowledge, intellect and teaching ability will help our young players as they progress through our system.”
Davis played for the Mariners from 1984-91, earning the nickname “Mr. Mariner”. He was the team’s first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997.
Alvin was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1984 by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and finished his career in the top-10 in nearly every Mariners offensive category.
Davis will be in Seattle this weekend for the Mariners Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson, including throwing out a first pitch prior to Friday night’s game vs. the Royals.
Davis will be available to media on the field (Mariners dugout) from 4:45 – 5:00 pm on Friday, July 27.
As the Mariners season-long 35th Anniversary celebration continues, two former Mariners will be honored with ceremonial first pitches this week at Safeco Field.
Brian Holman, who is perhaps best remembered for his oh-so-close encounter with a perfect game on April 20, 1990 (Ken Phelps, former Mariner, then Oakland A, hit a two-out, 9th inning home run to spoil Holman’s perfecto), will be honored on Wednesday, (vs. Yankees) when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
Holman, who came to the Mariners from the Montreal Expos in the Randy Johnson trade, was a workhorse– logging 14 complete games over three years. His promising career was cut short due to injuries. Since 2000, Holman has worked for Ronald Blue & Co., a national financial, estate, tax, and investment consulting firm. He also gives individual and group pitching clinics through Brian Holman Baseball. While he’s in Seattle, Holman will be participating in a series of instruction sessions for the Sammamish Baseball Academy at Marymoor Park.
Rounding out the week on Friday, and leading into Saturday’s Mariners Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson, will be Alvin Davis, Mr. Mariner, the first member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Alvin will also participate in Saturday’s induction ceremony scheduled to start at 12:30pm, before the matchup with the Kansas City Royals.
Former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston has fond memories of Seattle and he says he’s looking forward to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday night at Safeco Field, part of the Mariners season-long 35th Anniversary tribute.
Langston broke into the Major Leagues in 1984. He won 17 games and was named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by the Sporting News. He might have been the American League Rookie of the Year but for another pretty good young guy who was his teammate, Alvin Davis.
“He was my closest friend, bar none. There’s not a better human on the planet than Alvin Davis. If he called me today and asked me to do anything, I’d do it.”
Langston and Alvin were roommates on the road “the whole time I was in Seattle.”
After games, the two would go back to their hotel room and “digest the game. I’d hear from the hitter’s standpoint, and Alvin was one of the better hitters in the game, and that really helped me formulate my pitching plan. I’d listen to him, he’d listen to me,” says Langston.
Langston laments that players today no longer have roommates on the road. “Everyone goes back to his own room and watches SportsCenter or whatever, and the communication isn’t as good as it used to be.”
Langston now works for the Angels as a radio analyst for 50 home games a season. He says it’s a great way to stay connected with the game without the demands of 162 games and traveling half the summer.
“While the team is on the road, I’m watching games, studying the opposing players, learning about the other teams. It feels like I’m doing scouting reports when I pitched,” says Langston.
During his pitching days, Langston says he was always a student of the offensive side of the game. “On the bench, I never sat with pitchers, I always sat with hitters. I usually hung out with Rod Carew (Hall of Famer who was the Angels hitting coach from 1992-1999). He’d break it down for me, deconstruct an at-bat. He’d say ‘watch where his hands are.’”
Langston listened to Carew and the other hitters and that helped him formulate his approach to pitching. That experience gave him a deeper knowledge of both sides of the game, which comes in handy as an analyst. “I may not get all the mechanics of the offense, but I’ve got a good understanding,” says Langston.
Although Langston won’t be traveling with the Angels to Seattle during the season, he’s likely to find a lot of opportunities to head north. His oldest daughter Katie, 27, is moving to Seattle this week.
“Katie was born in Seattle, and she was three when we got traded to Montreal. But she’s always had this connection to the city,” says Langston, who calls Seattle a “special place for our family.”
When asked if Katie has any idea about the difference between the climate here and in sunny Southern California, he says he “relayed the information about the weather,” but she’s undaunted. “She may miss the Southern California weather, but she and her husband are looking forward to disconnecting from L.A., and Seattle will be a nice change.”
As for the rest of the family, Langston’s younger daughter, Abby, just finished her freshman year at Texas Christian University, where she is on an equestrian scholarship. And his wife is in her second season working with the Angels as a real estate consultant helping players find housing, something she has a unique perspective on because “she understands every aspect of their needs.”
Next on tap for the Mariners 35th Anniversary celebration is Bill Caudill, July 15.