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Three finalists at each position in the American League and National League were announced today for the prestigious Rawlings® Gold Glove.
Mariners Kyle Seager (3B), Robinson Cano (2B) and Felix Hernandez (P) were among the three players at their respective positions to be named finalists. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 4 at 4 pm PT on Baseball Tonight on ESPN2.
The Rawlings® Gold Glove selection process is based approximately via 75% votes by manager and coaches (up to 7 per team, can’t vote for players on own team) and 25% based on the SABR Defensive Index (statistical based).
The Mariners have not had a Gold Glove winner since Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez in 2010. Seattle had at least one winner 24 consecutive seasons from 1987-2010.
Robinson Cano had a banner first season with the Mariners, batting .314 with 37 doubles, 2 triples, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 157 games. The 6-time All-Star ranked 6th in the American League in batting average and hits (187), tied for 7th in doubles and 11th with a .836 OPS.
The .300 season was the 6th consecutive for Cano, tying Miguel Cabrera for the longest active streak in the Majors. Cano has hit over .300 in 8 of his 10 seasons since debuting with the Yankees in 2005, combining to bat .310 with 412 doubles, 30 triples, 218 home runs and 904 RBI in his career.
Cano’s .314 batting average over the last six seasons is 4th-highest in the Majors behind Miguel Cabrera (.331), Joe Mauer (.320) and Victor Martinez (.314).
What has been most amazing about Cano’s streak is the fact that .300 hitters are going by the wayside. Consider this, from 2003-2008, the combined MLB batting average was .266 with 221 players who hit .300 or better in a season (when qualifying for the batting title). Over the last six seasons (2009-2014), the MLB batting average has dipped to .256 with 158 players hitting .300 or better in a season.
Among American League players during the designated hitter era (since 1973), Cano’s 8 seasons batting .300 or higher are tied for 11th-most. Edgar Martinez and Ichiro Suzuki both had 10 seasons batting .300 or higher during their Mariners career.
Prior to Friday’s Fan Appreciation Game, several players were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during the 2014 season. Here are some photos of the players that were honored tonight:
The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.
Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.
Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.
“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel. “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.
“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”
Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.
“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”
Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.
“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”
Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.
“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”
Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:
Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:
Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:
Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:
Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:
Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:
Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:
Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.
The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.
Robinson Cano had a very eventful Monday, his first day back in New York since joining the Seattle Mariners.
First, he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where in addition to a sit-down interview, they taped a bit in Bryant Park in which unsuspecting Yankee fans booed a cardboard cutout of Cano before realizing that Cano was in fact standing behind it.
After taping the Tonight Show, Cano went straight to the MLB Fan Cave, where he was the featured guest and executive producer for this week’s “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave” on MTV2 (airing tonight at 11pm ET/PT). In addition to an interview with Sway, Cano showed off his dance moves with Melanie Iglesias.
The episode also features a segment shot earlier this month in Seattle, in which Cano learns to throw fish at the famed Pike Place Market: http://atmlb.com/1iw3GVy
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will be a gust on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight. In the Seattle area, the show will air on KING 5 starting at 11:35 pm PT following the 11 pm news. We’ll post some photos of Robinson’s activities in New York City leading up to his return to Yankee Stadium starting with tomorrow night’s game vs. the Yankees.
In this short, Spanish-language documentary, JAY Z’s Life+Times tracks the personal journey of Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, delving into the prevailing youth baseball culture there through the eyes of a native son. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews of Cano and his family, JZL+T and Roc Nation Sports presents a candid vignette of a people and a small town to whom baseball is not just a sport, but a way of life.
The first edition of Mariners Magazine (Volume 25, Issue 1) featuring Robinson Cano is now available for purchase 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.
The 2014 edition of the Mariners Yearbook featuring cover boys Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano has also been published and is available at Safeco Field and Mariners Team Stores.
Be sure to pick up your copies of both publications, as well as the 2014 Information Guide, starting at tonight’s home opener vs. the Angels.