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Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers was officially inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday night during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.
Blowers was one of 10 people honored by the Legion. They included long-time Legion coaches and star players, as well as Major Leaguer Grady Sizemore, an Everett native, and University of Washington alum and former NFLer Jake Locker.
Blowers, who was a stand-out shortstop in high school, played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County.
“It’s a Great Honor be here and a part of the 90 year history of American Legion Baseball,” said Blowers. “To think of all the people that played American Legion Baseball this is really special to be recognized by them.”
Blowers went on to star at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, where he was PAC-10 North Division Triple Crown winner, and an 11 year Major League career. Mike is entering his 10th year as a member of the Mariners broadcast crew.
Other American Legion Hall of Fame inductees are:
Colin Curtis — Starred in America Legion Baseball with Lakeside Recovery, High School baseball star at Issaquah High School, Arizona State University and played 31 games with the New York Yankees (Outfielder) in 2010.
Ron Jackson — Longtime Legion Baseball Coach in Spokane area.
Randy Jorgensen — Played High School Baseball (Meadowdale) and American Legion Baseball, Baseball at UW ’92 & ’93, seven years in the Mariners organization (including with Bellingham in ’93 and Tacoma ’98).
Larry Libby — Longtime American Legion Baseball Umpire in the Skagit and Snohomish County area.
Jake Locker — American Legion, High School and Summer League Baseball Player. Starred in football at the University of Washington, First Round Pick (8th Overall) of Tennessee Titans in 2011. Played for Titans 2011-2014 before announcing retirement in 2015.
Donnie Marbut — Played American Legion Baseball, Aberdeen High School, Edmonds Community College and Portland State Baseball. 11-year WSU Head Baseball Coach (2005-2015).
Bill McCutchin — Longtime Legion Coach in the Mt. Vernon/Skagit County area.
Leonard Pyne — Star American Legion Baseball player in Spokane area in 1940. Played at Central Valley High School and University of Idaho. Taught and coached baseball at Columbia Basin College for 30 years, Inducted into NWAC Hall of Fame in 1990.
Grady Sizemore — Star Football and Baseball player at Cascade High School in Everett. Played American Legion Baseball. Was going to play football (RB) for the University of Washington until drafted by Montreal Expos in the 3rd Round of 2000 Draft. Chose baseball and played in the Major Leagues with Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia (2015) and Tampa Bay (2015).
Mariners broadcaster Mike Blowers will be inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on November 14 during a banquet at the Clearwater Casino.
Mike was a stand-out shortstop at Bethel High School in Spanaway, where he also played for the VFW Post 91 American Legion Baseball team in Pierce County. After high school, Mike played for two seasons at Tacoma Community College and was Pac-10 North Division Triple Crown winner during his single season at the University of Washington.
Mike’s 11-year Major League career included time with the New York Yankees (1989-1991), three tours with the Mariners (1992-1995, 1997,1999) a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1996) and a season with the Oakland Athletics (1998).
Mike was inducted in thye Tacoma Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Others who are being inducted into the American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame this year include Grady Sizemore and Jake Locker. Previous inductees include Fred Hutchinson, Ron Santo, John Olerud and Mariners head groundskeeper Bob Christofferson.
Catching you up on some great photos of the Mariners Winter Caravan through Eastern Washington. Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush and Brandon Maurer, along with broadcasters Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith, and of course the Mariner Moose, have been having a great time visiting with our fans on the East side of the state.
Here are some photos taken by team photographer Ben Van Houten from Whitman College in Walla Walla, the Boys and Girls club of Kootenai county in Post Falls, Idaho and also Bryan Elementary school in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The Mariners Winter Caravan continues to roll through Eastern Washington, and today broadcasters Aaron Goldsmith, Mike Blowers, infielder Nick Franklin and the Mariner Moose made a stop at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Here are some photos captured by Mariners Team Photographer Ben Van Houten.
If you were not able to turn into last night’s Hot Stove League Radio Show, have no worries, we’ve got you covered. You can listen to a podcast of the 2-hour show via Mariners.com (link).
This edition of the Hot Stove League featured hosts Aaron Goldsmith, Shannon Drayer and Mike Blowers interviewing relief pitchers Danny Farquhar and Charlie Furbush, bench coach Trent Jewett, Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone and broadcaster Dave Sims.
The Mariners Winter Caravan has been touring Eastern Washington this week, with Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, Mike Blowers and Dave Valle signing autographs and making appearances at schools. Here are some images taken by Mariners Team Photographer Ben Van Houten.
The Eastern Washington swing of the caravan concludes today in the Tri-Cities. Michael Saunders, Lucas Luetge and Rick Rizzs will conclude the caravan next week with stops in Mt. Vernon, Bellingham, Ferndale, Vancouver, B.C., Tacoma and Tukwila. The annual Mariners FanFest will be held January 26-27 at Safeco Field.
The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show debuts tonight from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN 710 Seattle. The radio show will be broadcast live out of the Alderwood Mall Team Store, with Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman hosting. TV announcer Mike Blowers is also scheduled to make an appearance, and guests include General Manager Jack Zduriencik, Manager Eric Wedge and an interview with the newest Mariner, Jason Bay.
You can listen to the show online at Mariners.com/hotstove.