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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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King Felix Ties MLB Record

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FELIX TIES MLB RECORD, SETS AL RECORD…with his start tonight vs. the Orioles allowing 1 run in 7.0 innings (10 strikeouts, 0 walks), Felix Hernandez has tied a Major League record and set an American League record by allowing 2 or less runs in at least 7.0 innings in 13 consecutive starts…list courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed, since 1900:
Felix Hernandez      May-July 2014              13
Tom Seaver           July-Sept 1971             13
Dwight Gooden        Sept 1985-May 1986         12
Chief Bender         June-August 1907           12
Mike Scott           May-July 1986              12
Ferdie Schupp        Sept 1916-May 1917         12

Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs, AL history:
Felix Hernandez      May-July 2014              13
Chief Bender         June-August 1907           12
Gaylord Perry        April-June 1974            11
Jim Merritt          June-August 1967           11

King Felix Named American League Starting Pitcher

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Congrats to Felix Hernandez after being named the starting pitcher for the American League in tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Hernandez, a five-time A.L. All-Star in his 10th Major League season, becomes only the second Mariner ever to start the All-Star Game, joining two-time A.L. starter Randy Johnson (1995 and 1997).  “King Felix” is now the first Venezuelan pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic.  The 28-year-old ace won the 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award and he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history on August 15, 2012.  In his 20 starts in 2014, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA (144.1 IP, 105 H, 25 BB, 154 SO, 0.90 WHIP).  Hernandez’s 11 wins are a career best at the All-Star break, surpassing his 10 in both 2009 and 2013.  On Friday against the Major League-leading Oakland Athletics, Hernandez made his 11th consecutive start of at least seven innings and two earned runs or less, equaling the longest such streak by an A.L. hurler since that of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry with the 1974 Cleveland Indians.

Felix will match-up against St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.

The starting pitchers for the 2014 All-Star game, Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez.

The starting pitchers for the 2014 All-Star game, Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez.

And here is the starting lineup for the American League, with Robinson Cano batting 3rd and playing second base.

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You can watch the All-Star game starting at 4:30 pm PT on FOX (KCPQ 13 in Seattle).

2014 Mariners All-Stars

Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Fernando Rodney and Kyle Seager will represent the Mariners in the All-Star Game.

Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, Fernando Rodney and Kyle Seager will represent the Mariners in the All-Star Game.

King of the Hill – Sunday Seattle Times Features Felix Hernandez

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Today’s print and online edition of The Seattle Times features Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Sunday Times or visit their website for stories by beat writer Ryan Divish and columnist Larry Stone.

Mariners All-Star Jerseys

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Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix HernandezRobinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.

A good selection of All-Star game merchandise is available for purchase at any of the Mariners Team Stores and also online at Mariners.com.

The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.

Felix Hernandez Named June Pitcher of the Month

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Hernandez went 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA (6 ER, 44.1 IP) in 6 starts during the month. He struck out 54 batters during the month to tie for 2nd in the AL (Darvish – 57, Price – 54), the most strikeouts he has recorded in a month during his career (previous: 51 in June 2010, August 2010, August 2011).

His 1.22 ERA is 10th-lowest in a month in club history (min. 5 GS), and the 4th-lowest of his career (0.82 – August 2010, 0.94 – June 2009, 1.08 – August 2012).

This is the fourth monthly honor for Hernandez, also winning the award in August 2012, September 2009 and June 2009. Felix is the only pitcher in club history to win more than two Pitcher of the Month awards (Randy Johnson – 2, Mark Langston – 2). Edgar Martinez won five Player of the Month Awards during his Mariners career.

For the season, Hernandez is 10-2 with a 2.10 ERA and has recorded 137 strikeouts in his 18 starts.

Felix’s American League Pitcher of the Month Awards:
June 2014: 6 GS, 3-1, 1.22, 54 SO
August 2012: 5 GS, 4-0,  1.08, 31 SO
September 2009: 7 GS, 6-0,  1.52, 38 SO
June 2009: 5 GS, 3-0,  0.94, 35 SO

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