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Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS get started next week with a look back at two 2013 milestone wins for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez—an outstanding performance vs. Oakland on Opening Night, and his 100th career win against the Astros.
Last year’s season opener (at Oakland) on April 1, was another impressive performance for Felix, even by his high standards. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and retiring the first 10 batters in order. Franklin Gutierrez produced all the offense the Mariners needed with a two-run single in the 5th, giving the Mariners a 2-0 win over the A’s.
A couple of starts later, Felix was on the mound in Houston for what would be his 100th career win. Felix pitched six scoreless innings and the Mariners offense backed him up with three home runs for the 7-1 win over the Astros. On that night, April 22, 2013, Felix joined Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.
The first Mariners Mondays episode airs tonight on ROOT SPORTS beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access, which goes behind the scenes with manager Lloyd McClendon.
Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS for 12 weeks during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.
Last night Felix Hernandez recorded his 100th career victory in the Mariners 7-1 win over the Houston Astros . It seems like yesterday he made his Major League debut as a 19-year-old on an August day in Detroit vs. the Tigers in 2005. 100 wins later, Felix becomes just the third pitcher in franchise history to record 100 wins as a Mariners player, joining Jamie Moyer (145) and Randy Johnson (130).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Felix became the 6th-youngest pitcher to record his 100th victory among players who began their career since divisional play began in 1969. Only five reached 100 wins at a younger age than Hernandez (27 years, 14 days old): Dwight Gooden (24 years, 215 days), Bert Blyleven (25 years, 76 days), Fernando Valenzuela (26 years, 162 days), Don Gullett (26 years, 199 days) and Vida Blue (26 years, 361 days).
The first edition of Mariners Magazine (Volume 24, Issue 1) featuring Michael Morse and Kendrys Morales is now available for purchase throughout Safeco Field and at any of the five Mariners Team Stores. You can also subscribe to Mariners Magazine and have it delivered to your home.
The 2013 edition of the Mariners Yearbook featuring cover boys Kyle Seager, Felix Hernandez, Raul Ibañez and Dustin Ackley has also been published and is available at Safeco Field and Mariners Team Stores.
This is a little trip down memory lane, but kind of fun to watch now that Felix Hernandez and Kendrys Morales are teammates. This commercial was shot for the Major League Baseball 2K10 Video Game. Should be fun watching these two on the field this season as teammates.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners have Yu Darvish’s number.
The Rangers’ star pitcher Yu Darvish was a 16-game winner in 2012, but the Mariners seem to have his number.
Darvish made his Major League debut against the Mariners on April 9, 2012. The Mariners welcomed him by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Mariners wouldn’t win that game, but they would come out on top in two other Darvish outings.
The first was May 21 with a dream match-up of Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez.
Darvish lasted just four innings, surrendering four runs and six walks, the shortest outing of his season. Felix, meantime, shut down the potent Texas offense for eight innings when Mitch Moreland hit a leadoff solo homer for the Rangers only run.
Ichiro greeted his countryman with a single and triple and two RBI, leading the Mariners to a 4-1 win.
Felix allowed only three hits and struck out 12 in the Mariners 7-0 win. Darvish had control problems from the start. Darvish’s 33-pitch first inning went something like this: walk, hit batter, single, walk, E3, two-run single. The Mariners were up 4-0 after their first at-bat. Darvish lasted only 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits, seven earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
In his first three starts against the Mariners last season, Darvish had a 9.00 ERA.
Mariners Mondays airs at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through March 25, one week before the season opener against the Oakland A’s on April 1.
A couple of weeks ago the Mariners marketing department shared with us the tagline for the 2013 advertising and marketing efforts. The plan was to introduce the new tagline at the same time as the TV commercial spots are completed and previewed, sometime in mid-March.
The tagline is “True to the Blue” which in this case, of course, is “Mariners Blue.” When the seven-year agreement for Felix Hernandez to remain in Seattle was finally announced on Tuesday, an immediate connection was made between King Felix’s commitment and the tagline.
During the news conference yesterday (Wednesday), as Felix was expressing his genuine love for his family, the fans, the City of Seattle, the people in the Mariners organization and at Safeco Field, etc., “True to the Blue” crossed my mind several times. There is something special in sports when a player spends his entire career wearing the uniform of the same team, and while we don’t have a crystal ball, it certainly appears that Felix has a chance to be added to that very exclusive list….along with recent players like Edgar Martinez (Mariners), Derek Jeter (Yankees), Chipper Jones (Braves), Cal Ripken Jr. (Orioles) and Tony Gwynn (Padres), as well as legends like Stan Musial (Cardinals), Yogi Berra (Yankees), George Brett (Royals), Roberto Clemente (Pirates) and Ted Williams (Red Sox) to name just a few.
As everyone now knows, Felix signed with the Mariners at age 16, reached the big leagues in 2005 at the age of 19, and is now signed through the 2019 season. A long way from his native Venezuela, he and his wife now live in Bellevue, WA, with their daughter Mia and son Jeremy (who wants to be a hitter, not a pitcher).
Felix is the best example of “True to the Blue”, a living example of some who believes in Mariners Baseball and in this great part of the country. “Long live the King.”