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2012 Awards Schedule

Felix Hernandez has a good chance at being a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award after posting a 13-9 record with a 3.06 ERA and leading the Majors with 5 shutouts. (Getty Images)

The off-season is off to a quick start for the Mariners with the club signing right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season (with an option for 2015) and re-signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year deal.

And to keep you excited about baseball, awards season is about to begin. You already know that Brendan Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award as the top defensive shortstop in baseball and was a finalist (along with 2B Dustin Ackley) for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, but more awards are about to be handed out.

Here’s the rundown of the MLB Awards schedule:

  • Tonight (Monday): Players Choice Awards at 5pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 8: Silver Slugger Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Monday, November 12: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Tuesday, November 13: Manager of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Wednesday, November 14: Cy Young Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 15: Most Valuable Player Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network

This year marks the first time that the BBWAA Awards (ROY, MGR, Cy Young, MVP) will be presented live on television (MLB Network). Prior to BBWAA Awards Week, for the first time ever, the five finalists in each league for the MVP Award and the three AL and NL finalists for the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards will be announced live during MLB Network’s BBWAA Awards Finalists Show this Wednesday, November 7 at 3pm PT. Tune in to see how King Felix fares in the American League Cy Young race.

Felix Lets the Dogs Out

Felix Hernandez brought his dog Charlie to Safeco Field for the photo shoot to promote the Seattle Humane Society.

The Humane Society of Seattle/King County brought a couple of adorable puppies to Safeco Field to do a photo shoot with Felix Hernandez. Felix brought along his best friend Charlie, an 18-month old English Bulldog.

The puppies, named Freya (the Norse Goddess of Love, Beauty and Destiny) and Thor (Norse God of Thunder) are from a shepherd/lab mix litter of 10. Two of the 10 have already been adopted, and six of their siblings are available now through the Humane Society website. Freya and Thor should be ready to find their forever homes by early next week.

Felix spent about an hour cuddling with the eight-week old puppies, posing for photos and recording a video public service announcement to encourage people to adopt a pet from the Humane Society.

Charlie, who weighs in at 65 pounds, is an easy going guy with a slight under-bite. He was very interested in the puppies, who didn’t seem especially interested in him. Felix says Charlie is a good dog, but he likes to chew on shoes and he snores in his sleep.

Although the puppies are named Freya and Thor, 710 ESPN’s Shannon Drayer, noted dog-lover (who just “happened” to be there for the photo shoot), suggested a good forever name for the pair would be No No and Perfecto. Not bad.

If you’d like more information about how to adopt Freya, or Thor and any of the hundreds of pets waiting to make your life complete, log onto www.SeattleHumane.org.

Noted dog lover Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN cuddles with little Freya.

Mariners Game Central – October 1

Game #160 vs. LAA: Los Angeles Angels (88-71) vs. Seattle Mariners (73-86) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Pitching Match-Up: LHP C.J. Wilson (12-10, 3.86) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (13-8, 2.86)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also available at Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT Sports…also available via MLB.tv (outside Mariners TV territory)
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live pitch-by-pitch box score

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The latest edition of Felix Facts.

Felix is Mariners Roberto Clemente Award Nominee

As part of the Mariners Get Well Tour, Felix spent some time with patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Felix Hernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball, is also recognized for his leadership off the field.

Felix is the Seattle Mariners 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet.

Beginning today, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.

Felix Hernandez with students at Seattle’s Bailey Gatzert Elementary School during the annual Mariners D.R.E.A.M. Team assembly for students.

Tonight, before the Mariners take on the Baltimore Orioles, Felix will be honored during a pre-game ceremony. Felix is active with a number of local charities and non-profit organizations including Make-A-Wish, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Esperanza, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics of Washington and Humane Society of Seattle/King County.

The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes three former Mariners (Harold Reynolds, Jamie Moyer and Edgar Martinez), as well as 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Felix stopped by Seattle Children’s Hospital last month days after his perfect game, to cheer up young patients.

- RH

Felix Hernandez – AL August Pitcher of the Month

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

Hernandez compiled a perfect 4-0 record with 3 shutouts, a 1.08 ERA, 5 walks and 31 strikeouts in 41.2 innings pitched over five starts while opponents batted just .137. Among qualifying starters, the 26-year-old finished first in the AL in ERA, and was T1st in wins, and 3rd in innings pitched. Hernandez threw the first Perfect Game in Mariners history and the 23rd Perfect Game in MLB history on August 15 vs. Tampa Bay in a 1-0 victory. It was the 7th Perfect Game in MLB history to be decided in a 1-0 contest, the first in the AL since 1984. All three of his August shutouts were by 1-0 score, becoming the third pitcher in Major League history with three 1-0 shutouts in a calendar month, joining Carl Hubbell (July 1933) and Dick Rudolph (August 1916).

In an August 4th matchup against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, the right-hander allowed two hits, two walks and fanned six as the Mariners edged the Yankees, 1-0. The shutout marked just the 10th time that the Yankees were held scoreless at the current Yankee Stadium, two of which have come at the hands of Hernandez (also June 30, 2010). After allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and striking out three in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 10th, the Venezuela native etched his name into the record books during his next start against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15th, hurling the first perfect game in team history and the 23rd in Major League history in a 1-0 victory at Safeco Field. Hernandez struck out 12 in the 113-pitch outing, becoming the youngest pitcher in nearly 30 years to reach perfection and becoming just the second foreign-born pitcher to complete a perfect game, joining Nicaragua’s Dennis Martinez (July 28, 1991). Hernandez’s roll continued against the Cleveland Indians on August 21st as the 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award winner allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts over 7.2 innings as the Mariners defeated the Tribe, 5-1, in Seattle. In his final start of the month on August 27th against the Minnesota Twins, Hernandez scattered five hits and struck out five in a complete game, 1-0 victory at Target Field. Hernandez became just the fifth pitcher since 1968 to record four 1-0 shutouts in a season, with Bert Blyleven the last to reach the feat during the 1976 season. His five shutouts are a club record, and he is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record five shutouts in a 12-start span.

On the season, Hernandez is 13-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 204.0 innings pitched over 28 starts in his eighth season with the Mariners.

This is Hernandez’s third career monthly honor, the 16th AL Pitcher of the Month honor for the Mariners and the 2nd consecutive (Vargas, July 2012). In recognition for his American League Pitcher of the Month Award, Felix Hernandez will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.

Seattle has back-to-back Pitcher of the Month awards for the second time in club history (also: Felix Hernandez & Jarrod Washburn in June & July 2009). Seattle has garnered six of the 23 Pitcher of the Month Awards since the start of the 2009 season.

Others receiving votes included Baltimore’s Jim Johnson (11 G, 10 SV, 0 BB, 8 SO) and Miguel Gonzalez (3-1, 1.91 ERA, 10 BB, 22 SO); Detroit’s Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.25 ERA, 9 BB, 44 SO); and Kansas City’s Greg Holland (2-0, 9 SV, 0.63 ERA, 4 BB, 13 SO).

PITCHERS NAME
June, 1982 Jim Beattie
August, 1987 Mark Langston
September, 1988 Mark Langston
June, 1990 Randy Johnson
July, 1991 Bill Krueger
September, 1995 Norm Charlton
June, 1997 Randy Johnson
September, 1997 Jeff Fassero
June, 2003 Freddy Garcia
June, 2007 J.J. Putz
June, 2009 Felix Hernandez
July, 2009 Jarrod Washburn
Sept/Oct, 2009 Felix Hernandez
June, 2010 Cliff Lee
July, 2012 Jason Vargas
August, 2012 Felix Hernandez

Mariners Magazine – King of September

Beginning with today’s game vs. the Los Angeles Angels,  Mariners fans will have their first chance to pick up the September issue of Mariners Magazine (Volume 23, Issue 6) featuring Felix Hernandez on the cover. The cover and main article in the issue celebrate the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history thrown by Felix on Aug. 15 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Below is the featured article in magazine (King of Perfection) on the Mariners ace.

You can pick up Mariners Magazine 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.

- JE

#FelixFacts

Heading into the final month of the 2012 MLB regular season, the Mariners wanted to present some interesting facts about American League Cy Young candidate Felix Hernandez

  • 2012 Season – Is 13-5 with an American League leading 2.43 ERA in 27 starts this season…leads the AL in shutouts (5) and innings pitched (196.2), 2nd in complete games (5), 3rd in strikeouts (184), 3rd in opponent avg (.218), T3rd in quality starts (19), T6th in wins (13) and 10th with 8.42 K/9.0 IP.
  • Domination – Over his last 14 starts is 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA (17 ER, 109.0 IP), 5 shutouts, 100 strikeouts (8.3 K/9.0 IP) and a .183 opponent batting average (70×383) – only 2 HR allowed…tied for longest win streak of his career.
  • Perfect Game – Threw the 23rd Perfect Game in MLB history Aug. 15 vs. Tampa Bay in a 1-0 victory…it was the 7th Perfect Game in MLB history to be decided in a 1-0 contest, and first in the AL since 1984…struck out 12 batters, 4th-most in a PG.
  • Shutouts – Leads the Majors with 5 shutouts, all coming over his last 12 starts (6/28 vs. BOS, 7/14 vs. TEX, 8/4 at NYY, 8/15 vs. TB, 8/27 at MIN)…is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record 5+ shutouts in 12-start span…has set a Mariners club record for a single season…joins Bert Blyleven (1989), Roger Clemens (1992) and David Wells (1998) as the only AL pitchers with 5 shutouts in a season over the last 24 seasons (since 1989).
  • Awesome August – Went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA (5 ER, 41.2 IP) and 3 shutouts in five August starts…all three shutouts were by 1-0 score, becoming the third pitcher in Major League history with three 1-0 shutout in a calendar month: Carl Hubbell (July 1933) and Dick Rudolph (August 1916).
  • Since the Break – Is 7-0 with an American League leading 1.23 ERA in 9 starts since the All-Star break (4 shutouts)…selected to his third All-Star game, but did not pitch.
  • No Margin for Error Recorded four 1-0 shutouts this season…is just the third pitcher during the divisional era (since 1969) to have four wins with the score 1-0 in a single season (all CG shutouts), joining Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins (1974) and Bert Blyleven (1976)…Don Drysdale and Bob Gibson also had four 1-0 shutouts in 1968 (record is 5, last: Dean Chance in 1964).
  • Going Deep – Has 16 starts where he has pitched 7.0 or more innings with 1 or fewer runs allowed, leading the Majors, and already setting a club record (he had 15 in 2010 Cy Young season)…next closest AL pitcher is David Price with 11 such starts.
  • Felix Quality Start – Recorded 11 starts where he has allowed 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 or more innings pitched…nearly double any other pitcher in the Majors this season; R.A. Dickey & Bartolo Colon both have 6 such starts…Felix had 13 such starts during his Cy Young season in 2010.
  • Giving the Bullpen Rest – Pitched at least 7.0 innings in a Major League-high 20 games (David Price is 2nd with 19).
  • Stingy – Allowed 2 or fewer runs in an American League leading 19 games (David Price is 2nd with 18).
  • Nice Turnaround – In 14 starts since his last loss (June 12 at San Diego) has improved from 4-5, 3.70 ERA to 13-5, 2.43 ERA…during Felix’s 14-start run the Mariners are 35-29 (.547).
  • Run Support – Has the 4th-lowest run support average in the American League at 3.84.
  • Something For the Effort – In9 no-decisions has a 2.57 ERA (18 ER, 63.0 IP) with a 2.14 run support average… three no-decisions allowing 1 or fewer runs in 8.0 or more innings, tied for most by a pitcher in a single season over the last 15 seasons.
  • Sabermetrics – Among AL starters, ranks 1st in WPA (5.2), 1st in +WPA (16.34), 1st in FIP (2.82), 1st in Adjusted Pitching Wins (3.5), 1st in opponent OPS (.579), 1st in Adjusted ERA+ (154), T2nd in WAR for pitchers (5.2), 2nd in WHIP (1.03) and 5th in xFIP (3.28) and WAR for all players (5.3). Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com & Fangraphs.com.
  • Adding Them Together – Over the last four seasons (since 2009), combined to go 59-36 with a 2.66 ERA and 855 strikeouts in 128 starts…over this span leads the Majors in ERA, innings pitched (918.2) and quality starts (100), and ranks 3rd in strikeouts.

 

Another King Felix Shutout

Felix Hernandez won his 9th consecutive decision last night, throwing a 5-hit shutout in the Mariners 1-0 win over the Twins at Target Field.

Here are some notable facts about the latest of King Felix gems thrown this season:

  • Felix recorded his third 1-0 shutout victory in the month of August. Only two other pitchers in Major League history recorded have three 1-0 shutout wins in a calendar month: Carl Hubbell for the Giants in July 1933 and the Braves’ Dick Rudolph in August 1916.
  • Is just the third pitcher during the divisional era (since 1969) to have four wins with the score 1-0 in a single season (all CG shutouts), joining Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins (1974) and Bert Blyleven (1976)…Don Drysdale and Bob Gibson also recorded four 1-0 shutouts in 1968.
  • Felix joined Mark Langston (September 1988) as the only pitchers in Mariners history with 3 shutouts in a month.
  • The shutout was his fifth this season (6/28 vs. BOS, 7/14 vs. TEX, 8/4 at NYY, 8/15 vs. TB, 8/27 at MIN), setting a Mariners club record for a single season…Dave Fleming (1992) and Randy Johnson (1994) held the previous record with 4 shutouts in a season.
  • Felix’s 5 shutouts are tied for the most in a season by an American League pitcher since 1989 (Bert Blyleven in 1989, Roger Clemens in 1992, David Wells in 1998).
  • All five of Felix’s shutouts were in a 12-start span beginning June 28…he is the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record 5+ shutouts in 12-start span.

And here is a look at Felix’s statistics for the season and his some incredible numbers about his recent string of starts:

  • Has 16 starts where he has pitched 7.0 or more innings with 1 or fewer runs setting a club record (he had 15 in 2010 Cy Young season).
  • Has a current 9-game winning streak to tie his career-high…since June 17 he is 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA (17 ER, 109.0 IP), 100 strikeouts and a .183 opponents batting average…last loss was June 12 vs. the Padres.
  • In 5 starts in August went 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA (5 ER, 41.2 IP), including the 23rd perfect game in MLB history Aug. 15 vs. the Rays.
  • Heading into Tuesday’s games, leads the Majors in ERA (2.43), innings pitched (196.7) and 3rd in strikeouts (184).

And here is the highlight reel from Felix’s shutout vs. the Twins last night:

- JE

Felix and the Fans: Safeco Field is the Place to be Tonight

Fans lined Dave Niehaus Way prior to the gates opening for tonight’s game vs. the Indians.

On the morning of Wednesday, August 15, 2012, the Seattle Mariners ticket office opened to get ready for that afternoon’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Mariners.  A check of advance ticket sales for rest of the homestand showed that 11,363 tickets had been sold for the Monday, August 20 game, and 11,969 for the Tuesday, August 21 game.

On the afternoon of August 15, 2012, Mariners ace Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

On Thursday morning, August 16, the perfect game was big news locally, nationally and internationally, and fans had figured out the Felix’s next start was going to be Tuesday night, August 21, against the Cleveland Indians.

On Thursday afternoon, August 16, at 4:00 pm, the Mariners announced the “Supreme Court” promotion tonight, with t-shirts, placards and special ticket prices.  And the excitement for the game began to build amongst the fans.

While attendance for last night’s win over the Indians wound up at 14,687, tonight’s paid attendance will be around 37,000.  Here is how the advance sales for tonight’s game built during the past week:

Thursday morning:         12,380
Friday morning:           13,592
Monday morning:           22,484
Today morning:            29,830
Today at 1:43 pm:         32,191
Today at 3:51 pm:         34,663
Today at 4:56 pm:         35,715

 

It has been an amazing response by the baseball fans of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, who are ready for a great baseball show at Safeco Field tonight.

And if you can’t be here, the game will be carried, as always, on 710 ESPN Seattle and ROOT SPORTS.

Fans received their King of Perfection t-shirt, King Felix K Card and even trading cards after passing through the Safeco Field gates.

- RA

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