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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)

Felix vs. Freddy

They both wore #34 in a Mariners uniform, they are the two winningest right-handed pitchers in club history, and one grew up idolizing the other. And tonight Felix Hernandez and Freddy Garcia face off at Safeco Field.

Freddy Garcia & Felix Hernandez

Another Felix Gem

Felix Hernandez showed why once again last night he has earned the name King Felix tossing a 3-hit shutout vs. the Texas Rangers.

Here are some of the many facts to come out of his dominating performance last night:

  • His shutout meeting the criteria of 12+ strikeouts, zero walks and 3 or fewer hits allowed was only the 36th in Major League history dating back to 1900 (first Mariner)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that makes it more than 6-times as rare as a no-hitter (220 individual no-hitters since 1900)…Felix became just the 5th pitcher over the last 10 seasons to throw a shutout of this nature, joining Matt Cain (6/13/12), Chris Capuano (8/26/11), Erik Bedard (7/7/07) and Randy Johnson (5/18/04).
  • Became just the 10th pitcher (11x) in club history to throw a shutout vs. the Rangers, and first since Joel Pineiro in 2003
  • Tossed his 20th career complete game, and 6th shutout.
  • Needed only 107 pitches to complete the shutout, the 4th-fewest pitches among his 15 9.0 innings complete games…did not reach a 3-ball count the entire game.
  • He now leads the Majors with 140 strikeouts…in the AL, is also 6th in  ERA (2.92), T5th in quality starts (12) & T1st in IP (132.2)
  • Is 3-0, 1.40 ERA (7 ER, 45.0 IP) with 56 strikeouts (11.2 K/9.0 IP) in last 6 GS.
  • Recorded 20th career CG last night…first pitcher since Mark Mulder (2000-04) to record 20+ CG by age 26.
  • Has 7 starts of at least 8.0 IP while allowing 1 or fewer runs this season (most in the Majors).
  • Was Felix’s second shutout this season with 12 or more strikeouts. He struck out 13 Red Sox in a shutout on June 28. He becomes the first pitcher to have multiple shutouts with 12 or more strikeouts in a single season since Randy Johnson did it twice for Arizona in 2002. He is only the second Mariner to achieve the feat, joining Johnson, who did it twice in 1995. Some other interesting data about his pitches was outlined by ESPN Stats & Information.

Felix and the 1950′s

The Mariners played a pair of Turn Back the Clock games during the first half of the season, both times honoring the Seattle Rainiers of the 1950′s. Ironically, Felix Hernandez made the start in both games, May 26 at home vs. the Angels and July 8 on the road vs. the A’s (or Oakland Oaks). Here is a look at Felix in his Rainiers home and road uniforms.

- JE

Olivo One of Toughest in MLB To Steal Against

Sports Illustrated surveyed 306 MLB players to choose the hardest catcher to steal a base on, and Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo ranked 2nd behind St. Louis Yadier Molina.

In a similar poll by SI of 293 Major League players, Felix Hernandez was the No. 10 most underrated pitcher in the game.

MIguel Olivo was voted by his peers as one of the toughest catchers to try to steal a base against. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

- JE

International Men of Mound

Erasmo Ramirez (Nicaragua), Jason Vargas (United States), Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), Felix Hernandez (Venezuela), Hector Noesi (Dominican Republic).

Over the next five games (starting tonight), the Mariners will send to the mound five different starting pitchers, all from different countries. Erasmo Ramirez (Nicaragua) will start things off and will be followed by Jason Vargas (United States) in the Sunday finale against the Boston Red Sox. The three pitchers who will face off against the Baltimore Orioles starting on Monday will be Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan), Felix Hernandez (Venezuela) and Hector Noesi (Dominican Republic).

That 5-day rotation leads us to ask, how many countries have been represented by Mariners pitchers? When you add in the left-hander from the bullpen Oliver Perez (Mexico), and of course the American-born players, the list grows to seven on the active roster.

Since the Mariners began playing in 1977, pitchers from 12 different coutries have toed the rubber for the team including the United States (271 pitchers), Australia (2), Canada (7), Columbia (1), Cuba (2), Dominican Republic (16), Japan (5), Mexico (5), Nicaragua (2), Puerto Rico (7), South Korea (1) and Venezuela (8).

Here’s a complete list of foreign-born Mariners pitchers:

Foreign-Born Mariners Pitchers.

 

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