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Felix Hernandez Named AL Pitcher of the Week

Felix Hernandez was named the AL Pitcher of the Week. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Player of the Week for August 13-19.

Hernandez tossed the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history on Aug. 15 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, retiring all 27 batters faced. He struck out 12, and recorded the first Perfect Game in Seattle franchise history, the fourth no-hitter. The 1-0 win was also his third 1-0 victory of the season, setting a Mariners team record.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Hernandez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

This is Felix’s first career weekly honor. He is the second Mariner to garner the award this season, joining Justin Smoak for the week ending June 3. Felix is the first Mariners pitcher to be named Player of the Week since Joel Pineiro on May 7, 2006.

To celebrate perfection, the Mariners are turning Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” on Tuesday, as Felix Hernandez takes the mound for his first start since the Perfect Game. The usual “King’s Court” section in left field is expanding to the “Supreme Court” for this game, as the first 34,000 (in honor of Felix’s uniform number, 34) fans entering the ballpark will receive a special “King of Perfection” t-shirt and commemorative “K” card with a photo from the perfect game on the back side.

It is always best to get your tickets ahead of time to avoid possible lines on the night of game. Fans are eager to congratulate Hernandez so a good crowd is expected.

Tickets for all Mariners games are available in advance without no service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office, and at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th and Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall and Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available online at www.mariners.com/tickets and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).

Commissioner Selig Sends Letter to King Felix

After throwing his perfect game on Wednesday vs. the Rays, Felix Hernandez received a number of congratulatory phone calls, text messages, e-mails and letters. Heck, he even got King County renamed “King Felix County” for a day. The following is a letter sent from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig congratulating King Felix on his accomplishment.

Welcome to King Felix County

Accolades for Felix Hernandez and his perfect game keep rolling in. The latest is from King County Executive Dow Constantine, who has proclaimed that on Friday, August 17, King County will be known as King Felix County.

The Supreme Court Will Be In Session Next Tuesday

To celebrate pitching perfection of Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will turn Safeco Field into the “Supreme Court” on Tuesday evening, August 21, as Felix takes the mound against the Cleveland Indians. Game time is 7:10 pm.

Tuesday will mark Felix’s first start after completing the first perfect game in Mariners history (and the 23rd in Major League Baseball history) yesterday at Safeco Field, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0. 

The usual “King’s Court” section in left field for Felix’s home starts has been expanded to the “Supreme Court” for this game. The first 34,000 (in honor of his uniform number 34) fans entering the ballpark Tuesday will receive a special bright yellow “King of Perfection” t-shirt and the commemorative “K” card will include a classic photo from the perfect game on the back side.

Special ticket prices will be featured Tuesday. View Level seats have been priced as low as $10 and Main Level seats as low as $30.

This has all the makings of another exciting summer night at Safeco Field, as fans salute Felix. “It’s good to be the King.”

Tickets are on sale now available without service charge at the Safeco Field Box Office and at all Seattle Mariners Team Stores (4th & Stewart in downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall & Alderwood Mall). Tickets are also available online at mariners.com and by phone at 1-888-SEA-HITS (732-4487).

FELIX WILL BE RECOGNIZED PRE-GAME TOMORROW NIGHT

Felix will be given a special plaque to commemorate his historic achievement prior to Friday night’s game at Safeco Field against the Minnesota Twins.  Game time is 7:10 pm.  Get to the park early to witness this presentation.

Felix’s Perfect Game in Headlines

Here is a look at the front pages of several newspapers local, national and even international highlighting the 23rd Perfect Game in Major League history thrown by Felix Hernandez.

Video Highlights of King Felix’s Perfect Game

Video highlights from the perfect game thrown by Felix Hernandez yesterday vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

And here is the interview with Felix immediately following the game on MLB Network.

Complete coverage on MLB.com
• Felix throws 23rd perfect game
• Perfecto adds to Mariners history
• Feat resonates around baseball
• Leach: Few can match Felix
• Safeco hosts third no-no in ’12
• The Perfect Year continues
• Share your stories on Memory Lab

Multimedia
• Felix completes perfecto
• All 27 outs
• Thames’ running grab
• Must C: Classic
• Felix, Jaso reflect on perfecto
• Selig on Felix’s feat
• John Ellis on Felix’s perfecto
• Postgame celebration
• Felix talks about perfect game
• Wedge on Felix
• Felix chats with Network
• Jaso on catching perfection
• Broadcasters on perfect game
• Perfect game gallery
• Game gallery

- JE

Mariners Minor Leaguers Celebrate the King Felix Perfecto

History was made today at Safeco Field when Felix Hernandez recorded the 23rd perfect game in Major League history. And while fans went crazy at Safeco Field, there were a lot of future Mariners paying close attention to what Felix was doing.

Here is a look at the Jackson Generals, including Felix’s older brother Moises (#45), watching and celebrating the perfect game during batting practice.

And here are the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners watching the final outs from the clubhouse in Peoria, AZ.

King Felix = Perfection

For now, we’ll let the photos tell the story of the amazing perfect game performance by Felix Hernandez this afternoon at Safeco Field. Fans can watch a full rebroadcast of tonight’s game at 7:30 pm on ROOT Sports and via radio on 710 ESPN Seattle at 6:10 pm.

Felix watching his perfect game in the training room after all the interviews.

King Felix at Yankee Stadium

Felix Hernandez was once again dominant in a 1-0 win against the Yankees in New York on Saturday, tossing his 21st career complete game and his 7th career shutout.

“That’s probably the best start I’ve seen as a manager,” said Eric Wedge. “In a 1-0 ballgame, he knows one pitch can be the ballgame. That was just special stuff to watch today. What you saw today, you’re not going to see anything better than that.”

“The thing was, he was never in any bad counts, really. I think he had one or two walks,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “You look, he threw about a ball a hitter, so he was never in any bad counts.”

“He was better than us,” said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. “That’s pretty much all you can say.”

Here are a few notes on his performance courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info.

Here are some notes about Felix’s 2-hit shutout today in the Mariners 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium (statistical research help from ESPN Data Info, Baseball-Reference.com & the Elias Sports Bureau)

  • Became the 3rd pitcher since 1930 with two shutouts allowing 2 hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium (Jim Palmer and Billy Hoeft).
  • Tossed his second shutout at new Yankee Stadium (opened in 2009), as many as all NYY pitchers combined
  • Led the Mariners to their first 1-0 win vs. the Yankees on the road since May 17, 1991.
  • Recorded the first 1-0 shutout by a visiting pitcher at Yankee Stadium (new or old) since Greg Swindell Sept. 6, 1988.
  • Recorded his 3rd shutout this season to tie Brandon Morrow for the MLB lead.
  • With Felix’s third shutout this season (also: 6/28 vs. BOS & 7/14 vs. TEX) became the 10th Mariner in club history to record 3+ shutouts in a season (Johnson-3, Langston-2, Vargas, Garcia, Moyer, Fleming, Holman, Moore, Bannister)…7th career shutout tying Floyd Bannister for 4th all-time in club history.
  • Recorded his 5th career win in a 1-0 game setting the club record (Randy Johnson 2nd with 4 W)…2nd CG shutout in 1-0 game, both this season.
  • Is 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA (12 ER, 52.1 IP) in 7 starts vs. Yankees in New York, including 4-1, 1.13 (5 ER, 39.2 IP) with 2 shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium.
  • Is 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA (12 ER, 76.1 IP), 3 shutouts, 75 strikeouts, 14 walks, only 1 HR allowed and a .195 opp avg (53×272) over his last 10 starts (since 6/17). Lowered season ERA from 3.70 to 2.63 during stretch.
  • Was Felix’s 9th start this season with at least 8.0 innings pitched while allowing 1 or fewer runs (next closest are Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey with 5)…Felix had 13 such starts during his Cy Young season in 2010.

And how rare of a loss like this was it for the Yankees in their historic home stadium?

  • Just the 9th time in live ball era (since 1918) the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with 2 or fewer hits and 1st time since June 1, 1978 (Jim Palmer 2-hit shutout).
  • Just the 2nd time in the past 50 years the Yankees have lost 1-0 at home with 2 or fewer hits.
  • Only the 2nd time to be shutout 1-0 in their new ballpark (298th game, last: 6/13/11 vs. CLE), and 10th time overall to be shutout in the new Yankee Stadium

Here’s a look at Felix’s game logs at Yankee Stadium:

- FA & JE

This Date in Mariners History – Felix’s Debut

It seems like yesterday, but 7 years ago today on August 4, 2005 at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Felix Hernandez made his Major League debut. At 19 years, 118 days old, Felix became the 3rd-youngest player in club history to make his debut. Felix recorded the loss allowing 3 hits, 2 runs (1 ER) and striking out 4 in 5.0 innings in the Mariners 3-1 loss vs. the Tigers.

Today against the Yankees, Felix will make his 228th career start. Happy Felix Day.

Felix Hernandez, who wore #59 as a rookie, in his Major League debut Aug. 4, 2005 vs. the Tigers. At the time Felix became the youngest Major League starter since Jose Rijo pitched for the Yankees in 1984. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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