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Felix Hernandez Runner-Up for Luis Aparicio Award

Felix Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award and was the runner-up in 2010 & 2014.

Felix Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award and was the runner-up in 2010 & 2014.

In the last month, Felix Hernandez has won an A.L. ERA crown, was named a Sporting News All-Star and was named as a finalist for an American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Hernandez was also in the running for the Luis Aparicio Award, which is given annually to a Venezuelan player in Major League Baseball who is judged to have recorded the best individual performance in that year. The winner of the award is determined by a vote conducted by Venezuelan sports journalists and Spanish-language media around the world. It is named after former MLB shortstop Luis Aparicio, who is the only player from Venezuela to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Unfortunately, Hernandez came up just short of Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Hernandez received 28 first place votes, 36 second place, 31 third place, four fourth place and one fifth place vote to finish second, ahead of Detroit’s Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera.

Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award after finishing second in the A.L. Cy Young Award voting, but did not repeat as the winner in 2010 after his Cy Young season.

Let’s hope history repeats itself and Felix Hernandez is named as the 2014 Cy Young Award winner next month.

Kyle, Felix, Robinson Named Gold Glove Finalists

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Three finalists at each position in the American League and National League were announced today for the prestigious Rawlings® Gold Glove.

Mariners Kyle Seager (3B), Robinson Cano (2B) and Felix Hernandez (P) were among the three players at their respective positions to be named finalists. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 4 at 4 pm PT on Baseball Tonight on ESPN2.

The Rawlings® Gold Glove selection process is based approximately via 75% votes by manager and coaches (up to 7 per team, can’t vote for players on own team) and 25% based on the SABR Defensive Index (statistical based).

The Mariners have not had a Gold Glove winner since Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010. Seattle had at least one winner 24 consecutive seasons from 1987-2010.

Felix Hernandez Named Sporting News All-Star

Felix Hernandez was named a Sporting News All-Star.

Felix Hernandez was named a Sporting News All-Star.

Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the starting pitcher on the Sporting News American League All-Star team.

Hernandez went 15-6 with an American League-leading 2.14 ERA in 34 starts in 2014.

The All-Star team was selected by a panel of 20 American League General Managers and Assistant General Managers. The Sporting News has been selecting postseason All-Star teams since the 1920s.

The above image of Felix is courtesy of SN and pays homage to the Topps’ classic 1954 baseball cards.

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.

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:

2014 Mariners Award Winners

Prior to Friday’s Fan Appreciation Game, several players were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2014 season. Here are some photos of the players that were honored tonight:

Felix Hernandez was named the Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Felix Hernandez was named the Mariners Most Valuable Pitcher by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player by the Seattle chapter of the BBWAA.

Chris Young was named the Unsung Hero.

Chris Young was named the Unsung Hero.

Fernando Rodney was presented with a Fireman's Hat for setting the Mariners single-season saves record.

Fernando Rodney was presented with a Fireman’s Hat for setting the Mariners single-season saves record.

Kyle Seager was presented the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.

Kyle Seager was presented the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award.

Felix Hernandez was honored as the Mariners recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Felix Hernandez was honored as the Mariners recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Felix is Mariners Clemente Award Nominee

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Felix Hernandez has been nominated by the Seattle Mariners for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball’s tribute to the Hall of Famer who died in 1972 delivering relief supplies to earth quake victims.

Felix is noted for his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Alaska and Washington. Ove the years, he has helped fulfill the wishes of dozens of children and he helps with fundraising efforts.

 In 2013, Felix fulfilled little Sophia’s wish. He has remained close to her and her family.

In 2013, Felix fulfilled little Sophia’s wish. He has remained close to her and her family.

Felix is also one of the faces of the Mariners unique anti-domestic violence campaign know as Refuse To Abuse®. Along with Michael Saunders and Lloyd McClendon, Felix appears in in television, radio and print public service announcements that emphasize the message of “choose respect” and prevent violence in intimate relationships. The campaign is part of the Mariners 18-year partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Felix regularly visits Seattle Children’s Hospital to help bring a little cheer into the patients’ day.

Felix regularly visits Seattle Children’s Hospital to help bring a little cheer into the patients’ day.

This spring, Felix partnered with Grammy Award-winning Seattle recording artist Macklemore on the #Change the Game anti-bullying campaign that asks students to “be kind, stay positive and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge.

Felix is a dog lover and lends his support to the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He participated in a public service campaign and has supported fundraising events that assist the variety of Humane Society programs including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training.

 Felix Hernandez is an advocate for the Humane Society for Seattle/King County and appeared in a PSA campaign for the organization.

Felix Hernandez is an advocate for the Humane Society for Seattle/King County and appeared in a PSA campaign for the organization.

Felix is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual Award.  Tomorrow marks the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees.

The Mariners have produced three Clemente Award winners: Harold Reynolds in 1991, Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Edgar Martinez in 2004.

Beginning tomorrow, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Log onto ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, October 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.

The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel which includes Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig; MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred; MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente; and representatives from Chevrolet, MLB Network, MLB.com, ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, among others.

MLB Network Features The King’s Court

The MLB Network was in town last week to tape a story on the King’s Court. You can watch the story on The King and his court below:

Baseball America – Best Tools Survey

Felix Hernandez was selected as the top pitcher by American League managers.

Felix Hernandez was selected as the top pitcher by American League managers.

Baseball America asked every big league manager to break down the best major leaguers in a variety of categories. Several Mariners were listed among the top players in the American League in the survey. Here is a direct link to the story:

The Mariners listed in the survey include the following:

  • Robinson Cano
    • Best Hitter (#3)
    • Best Defensive 2B (#2)
  • Felix Hernandez
    • Best Pitcher (#1)
    • Best Changeup (#1)
  • Hisashi Iwakuma
    • Best Control (#2)

Going International: Mariners Sign Brayan Hernandez

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.

Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.

Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.

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Brayan Hernandez meets with Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner (left) and coordinator of Venezuelan Operations Emilio Carrasquel (right).

“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel.  “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.

“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”

Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.

“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”

Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.

“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.

“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”

Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:

Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:

Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:

Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:

Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:

Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:

Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:

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