Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

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Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame
Established June 14, 1997
Location Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°35′29″N 122°19′57″W / 47.591389°N 122.3325°W / 47.591389; -122.3325
Type Baseball hall of fame
Website Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame Official Web Site

The Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame is an American museum and hall of fame, it is located at Safeco Field in the SoDo district of downtown Seattle.

Museum overview[edit]

Seattle Mariners former chairman and CEO John Ellis announced on June 14, 1997 the creation of a Mariners Hall of Fame. It is operated by the Seattle Mariners organization. It honors the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history and success of the Mariners franchise. It is located at the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest in Safeco Field. Inductees are selected on the criteria that they spent at least five seasons in a Mariners uniform and have been retired from baseball for two seasons. Inductees include Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martínez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Lou Piniella and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Inductees[edit]

Alvin Davis[edit]

Main article: Alvin Davis
Alvin Davis throws out the first pitch on Opening Day in 2007

Davis, who batted left-handed and threw right-handed, played college baseball at Arizona State. He broke into the majors with the Mariners in 1984 and remained there until 1992. Well liked by Mariners fans, Davis held most of the franchise's offensive team records until the advent of Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Alex Rodriguez. He burst onto the major league scene in 1984, homering in his first two big-league games and collecting three doubles in his third. Davis reached base in each of the first 47 games of his career, and was chosen for his only All-Star Game as a rookie. Named the Mariners MVP, he was also voted the American League's Rookie of the Year Award after batting .284 with 27 home runs and 116 RBI.

Davis, who was nicknamed Mr. Mariner, was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997.

Dave Niehaus[edit]

Main article: Dave Niehaus

Dave Niehaus was the team's lead announcer from its first game in 1977 until his death on November 10, 2010.[1] Despite working for a franchise who from its first year in 1977 until 1991 was without a winning season, his talent was recognizable, and Niehaus was considered one of the few attractions for Mariner fans.[1] Even in the period before the team's memorable 1995 season, the Mariners were regularly one of the leading major-league teams in terms of the percentage of radios in use.[citation needed]

Niehaus was and will continue to be immensely popular in Seattle; he was twice named Washington Sportscaster of the Year. The team chose him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the opening of its new ballpark, Safeco Field, on July 15, 1999. In 2000, he was the second figure to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame. In 2008, Niehaus was named the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which recognizes career excellence in baseball broadcasting and is considered the highest baseball broadcasting honor.[1]

The winning call of the 1995 American League Division Series as called by Dave Niehaus, one of his most famous calls.

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Now the left hander ready, branding iron hot, the 1-2 pitch....K inserted! It's over!! Right over the heart of the plate! Randy looks to the skies, that is covered by the dome, and bedlam! As the Mariners now erupt! 19 long years of frustration is over!

—Calling the final out against the California Angels in the one-game AL West playoff in 1995.

Right now, the Mariners looking for the tie. They would take a fly ball, they would love a base hit into the gap and they could win it with Junior's speed. The stretch... and the 0-1 pitch on the way to Edgar Martínez swung on and LINED DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE FOR A BASE HIT! HERE COMES JOEY, HERE IS JUNIOR TO THIRD BASE, THEY'RE GOING TO WAVE HIM IN! THE THROW TO THE PLATE WILL BE ... LATE! THE MARINERS ARE GOING TO PLAY FOR THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP! I DON'T BELIEVE IT! IT JUST CONTINUES! MY, OH MY!

—Calling the winning hit by Edgar Martínez, which scored Joey Cora and Ken Griffey, Jr. to win the 1995 American League Division Series in the 5th and final game.

On November 10, 2010, Dave was the first member to pass away. He died of a heart attack at his home in Bellevue. He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, and countless friends.[1]

Jay Buhner[edit]

Main article: Jay Buhner

He was traded from the New York Yankees to the Seattle Mariners along with two career minor leaguers (Rich Balabon and Troy Evers) in exchange for Ken Phelps. This trade is often considered one of the worst made by the Yankees of that period, and the best in Mariner history.[2] The trade was once noted humorously on the television program Seinfeld, in the episode "The Caddy," in which the Yankees' owner, George Steinbrenner, appears at the home of George Costanza's parents to inform them – mistakenly – that their son is dead. All Mr. Costanza can say is, "What the hell did you trade Jay Buhner for?! He had 30 home runs, over 100 RBIs last year! He's got a rocket for an arm... You don't know what the hell you're doing!" The clip was played at Safeco Field when Buhner was inducted into the Mariners' Hall of Fame in 2004.

Buhner retired at the end of the 2001 season as one of the most popular players in Mariners history. The Mariners have not issued his #19 jersey since he retired. According to Mariners team policy, he did not become eligible to have his number retired until 2006. The Mariners require a player to have spent at least five years with the team and be elected to the Hall of Fame or narrowly miss election after spending his entire career with the team.[citation needed]

He holds the Seattle Mariners career record for strikeouts, with 1375, and has the lowest career stolen base percentage since 1954 (6 stolen bases against 24 times caught stealing for a success rate of 20%; baseball did not keep track of times caught stealing until 1954). He was also known throughout baseball for his ability to vomit on command.[3]

Edgar Martínez[edit]

Main article: Edgar Martínez
Edgar Martínez in 2009

His 18 seasons with the Mariners netted him 7 All-Star appearances, along with two batting titles and five Silver Slugger awards. He finished first or second in on-base percentage (OBP) in 6 different years, and in the top 5 in the same category in 10 different years. Over the seven-year span of 1995-2001 he was considered one of the most consistent right-handed hitters in the game. During this time he hit .329 with a .445 on-base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage for an OPS (On-base Plus Slugging) of 1.019. In 1996, he became only the fifth player in the 20th century to hit 50 doubles in two consecutive seasons.[4] He is the Mariners' all-time leader in doubles (514), on-base percentage (.418), plate appearances (8,674), runs (1,219), extra base hits (838), RBI (1,261), total bases (3,718), walks (1,283), and games played (2,055). He is also among the top 10 in other categories including at-bats (7,213), hits (2,247), home runs (309), total bases.

He is best remembered for his performance in the 1995 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees in which he hit .571 and was on base 18 times in 5 games. In game 4 of that series, he hit a three-run homer, then a grand slam home run that gave the Mariners a 10-6 lead en route to an 11-8 victory. His RBI total in that game set a single-game postseason record. The win knotted the best-of-five series at two games apiece and forced a decisive game 5. Down 5-4 in the 11th inning of that decisive game, Martínez hit a two-run double (called "The Double" by Mariners fans) off Jack McDowell, winning the game for the Mariners, 6-5.

Baseball lore says that Edgar Martínez "saved baseball in Seattle" with that double. While his series-winning hit did help build the groundswell that the Washington State Legislature eventually had to respond to (by enacting legislation to fund Safeco Field), it was one of many moments in a "miracle run" by the Mariners in September and October 1995 that changed public sentiment towards the team and towards public financing of a baseball-only stadium as a partial replacement for the Kingdome.

During his career, Martínez was a Mariner fan favorite, playing his entire career with the team, and always being willing to sign autographs for fans. In October 2004, following his retirement, S. Atlantic Street in Seattle along Safeco Field's south facade was renamed Edgar Martínez Drive.

The Mariners have not issued Martínez' #11 jersey since he retired. Under Mariners' team policy, he will not be eligible to have his jersey formally retired until 2010 (when he is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time, see below). However, it is highly unlikely that any Mariner will ever wear that number again.

He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on June 2, 2007.[5]

Dan Wilson[edit]

Main article: Dan Wilson (baseball)

Dan Wilson played 12 of his 14 Major League seasons for the Mariners (1994-2005), catching more than any other player in Mariners history (1,281). He was a member of every Mariners team to have reached the playoffs. His combination of statistical achievement, leadership on the field and commitment to the Seattle community make him a worthy member of the Mariners Hall of Fame.

Wilson represented the Mariners on the 1996 American League All-Star team. He owns the Mariners career records for home runs by a catcher (including two inside-the-park home runs), and the Club's single season records for catchers in RBI (83, 1996), and is tied with Miguel Olivo (2011) for home runs (18, 1996). Wilson ended his career with a .995 fielding percentage, at the time the highest for any catcher in American League history, and the sixth highest in Major League history.

He was inducted with Randy Johnson into the Mariners Hall of Fame in July 2012.

Randy Johnson[edit]

Main article: Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson played for the Mariners from 1989 to 1998. He was one of the most dominating pitchers in MLB history. He won five Cy Young Awards (1995, 1999-2002), including the first by a Mariners pitcher when he went 18-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 1995. Johnson pitched two no-hitters-June 2, 1990 vs. DET and MLB's 17th perfect game on May 18, 2004.

Johnson was instrumental in the team's first-ever trip to the postseason in 1995. In a one-game playoff on October 2 at the Kingdome, the Mariners beat the California Angels 9-1 behind Johnson's 12 strikeout, three-hit, complete game. In Game 5 of the ALDS vs. the Yankees, pitching on one day's rest, Johnson memorably strode in from the bullpen for a relief appearance. Johnson held off the Yankees for the comeback capped by Edgar Martinez's double that scored the winning run, allowing the team to make its first-ever appearance in the American League Championship Series.

  1. 51 Randy Johnson retired after the 2009 season with a career win-loss record of 303-166, ERA of 3.29 and 4,875 strikeouts, second only to Nolan Ryan's 5,714.

He was inducted with Dan Wilson into the Mariners Hall of Fame in July 2012.

Ken Griffey Jr.[edit]

Main article: Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr. began his career in Seattle in 1989 and played with the Mariners until 1999. He would later return in 2009 and retired during the 2010 season. Griffey Holds many Mariners records and will always be loved in Seattle sports lore. Safeco Field was referred to by Dave Neihaus as "The house that Griffey built." He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on August 10, 2013.

Lou Pinella[edit]

Main article: Lou Pinella

Lou Pinella managed the Mariners from 1993-2002. During his tenure, Pinella lead the team to all four of the franchise's playoff appearances. The two most memorable seasons, the thrilling comeback to win the first division title in 1995 and the record setting 116 win season in 2001, won him AL manager of the year honors.

He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on August 9, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Loss of a legend: Dave Niehaus, voice of Mariners, dies at 75, KOMO News, November 10, 2010, retrieved November 11, 2010 
  2. ^ Jonah Keri. "Not Every Trade Worked". Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  3. ^ Bob Finnigan (December 18, 2001). "After 14 years with M's, Buhner retires". The Seattle Times. 
  4. ^ "The Ballplayers - Edgar Martinez". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  5. ^ Stone, Larry (January 24, 2007). "The Seattle Times: Mariners: Edgar Martínez to be inducted into Mariners' Hall of Fame". The Seattle Times. 

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