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King Felix and Kendrys Morales

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.

Mariners Mondays – Dominating Yu

Felix Hernandez allowed 1 run over 8.0 innings in the Mariners 6-1 win over the Rangers May 21, 2012. (Getty Images)

Felix Hernandez allowed 1 run over 8.0 innings in the Mariners 6-1 win over the Rangers May 21, 2012. (Getty Images)

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.

A few months later, July 14, Darvish and Felix met again at Safeco Field with the same result.

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.

Felix: True to the Blue

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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.”

Felix was all smiles during his news conference announcing his 7-year contract extension.

Felix was all smiles during his news conference announcing his 7-year contract extension.

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What Felix Means to the Mariners

This pretty much sums up how we feel about King Felix!

Felix Hernandez – King of Seattle

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Today Felix Hernandez signed a new, seven-year contract, the biggest in franchise history, which will keep him in a Mariners uniform through the 2019 season. Felix is truly the King of Seattle, and has embraced the community and the franchise since signing as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2002. Here is a pictorial look at Felix celebrating many of his great moments in a Mariners uniform, and a look ahead to the many more that will come.

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Mariners and Felix Reach Agreement

Felix Hernandez has become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

Felix Hernandez has become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

The big news of the day in Seattle (and Peoria), and well for that matter, the baseball world, is that the Mariners and ace right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez have reached an agreement on a new contract.

What exactly does that mean? Tomorrow Felix will sign the new contract and hold a news conference in Seattle beginning at 2 pm on Wednesday, February 13, at Safeco Field.

Stay tuned for more details about the big event, but in the meantime, just know that The King will be wearing a Mariners uniform for several more years (and let’s get the hashtag #KingOfSeattle trending!)

Felix Hernandez Since 2009 (MLB Ranks):

Wins 59 7th
Starts 134 2nd
CG 18 3rd
IP 954 1st
SO 894 3rd
ERA 2.81 2nd
Quality Starts 102 1st

 

Mariners Mondays – Two Felix Shutouts

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Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, Felix does what he does best – dominates unsuspecting hitters.

On June 28, the Red Sox were at Safeco Field, and for seven innings, Felix was evenly matched with Boston starter Franklin Morales. By the time Felix walked off the mound in after the top of the 9th, both teams had a handful of hits, but there was still no score.

Not wanting to spoil Felix’s gem, John Jaso and Casper Wells stepped up. Wells lined a double into the gap in left-center. Justin Smoak was walked, and Skipper Eric Wedge lifted Miguel Olivo for pinch-hitter John Jaso, who at the time was leading the team with game-winning RBIs. He didn’t waste any time, lignin a single to right, giving Wells just enough time to score on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Mariners a 1-0 win.

By August 27, Felix was on a roll. In 14 starts, he was 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks and a perfect game. Facing the Twins in Minnesota, he was once again in top form, and although Felix needed just a single Mariners run to earn the victory, this time, the heroics came in the 8th on an Eric Thames homerun.

With Felix’s 1-0 win over the Twins, he notched his 23rd career complete game and 9th shutout.

Relive these two (of many) Felix gems on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.

Several Mariners Listed On World Baseball Classic Provisional Rosters

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World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the provisional rosters submitted before the January 16th deadline by the 16 participating Baseball Federations in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Provisional rosters allow up to 28 players to be listed.

Included were 9 players who currently play in the Seattle Mariners organization, including four Major Leaguers and five minor leaguers:

Venezuela – Felix Hernandez
Canada – Michael Saunders
Italy – Alex Liddi, Brian Sweeney
Mexico – Oliver Perez
Netherlands – Kalian Sams
Brazil – Luiz Gohara, Pedro Okuda, Thyago Vieira

Each Federation must submit its final 28-man roster, including a minimum of 13 pitchers and two catchers, by February 20th.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be held in early March, with Pool A (Fukuoka, Japan) and Pool B (Taichung, Taiwan) beginning March 2. For a full schedule, and to follow all the WBC action, visit www.WorldBaseballClassic.com or follow on twitter via @WBCBaseball.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Michael Saunders played for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and will be playing in his first World Baseball Classic in 2013.

Mariners Mondays – Two Pitching Gems

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Felix Hernandez after throwing the first Perfect Game in Mariners history Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay.

This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, two Mariners pitching gems – the June 8 combined no hitter against the Dodgers and Felix Hernandez’s perfect game August 15 vs. Tampa Bay.

Although that night’s starter Kevin Millwood was throwing well, he left in the sixth inning with an injury. His teammates stepped up, and when it was over, five Mariners pitchers had matched Millwood’s form. Relievers Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined on the final three innings for the Mariners third no-hitter in the team’s 35-year history.

If the no-hitter was unusual, Felix’s perfecto was one for the record books.

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Felix was on, thoroughly dominating the Rays. He went to a three-ball count on only three hitters (Ben Zobrist, Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce). B.J. Upton hit a hard grounder in the seventh that shortstop Brendan Ryan scooped up, getting Upton at first.

By then, the buzz in the ballpark and around town was building. Rays skipper Joe Maddon even tried to get in Felix’s head when he got tossed for arguing a called strike. It didn’t work. Felix finished off the Rays with 12 strikeouts for the first perfect game in Mariners history.

Relive the thrill of that amazing game, as well as the combined no-hitter on ROOT SPORTS on Monday at 7:30pm after a special two-part Mariners All Access–Tricks of the Trade starting at 6:30pm.

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King of Perfection DVDs in Mariners Team Stores

The perfect Holiday present! A DVD of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is available beginning today in Seattle Mariners Team Stores.

A DVD of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game is available beginning today in Seattle Mariners Team Stores.

The DVD includes the entire August 15th game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including the live post-game interview with Hernandez. The DVD gives viewers the option of listening to the radio play-by-play announcers Rick Rizzs and Ken Wilson (on 710 ESPN), or the television announcers, Dave Sims and Mike Blowers (on ROOT SPORTS).

Bonus features include an exclusive interview with Felix by Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and a video music tribute to Felix’s perfect performance produced by ROOT SPORTS for their “Mariners All Access” program.

The Mariners first perfect game was only the 23rd in Major League Baseball history. In his dominant performance, Felix struck out 12 Tampa Bay Rays, winning the game 1-0.

The DVD, which is available in all Mariners Team Stores starting today, sells for $10 each. Mariners team stores are located at Safeco Field, downtown Seattle at 4th and Stewart, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.

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