April 24, 1965 |
Würzburg, West Germany
|September 1, 1989, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1999, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||365|
Michael Roy "Mike" Blowers (//; born April 24, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball player, a third baseman and first baseman for the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.
Born in Würzburg, West Germany, Blowers lived in Oklahoma and then West Germany until the seventh grade, when his U.S. Army stepfather was transferred to Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma, Washington. He is a 1983 graduate of Bethel High School in Spanaway and played college baseball at Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington in Seattle. Following his freshman year, Blowers was selected by the Mariners in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted not to sign. During his junior year at Washington, his only season with the Huskies, he won the triple crown in the Pac-10 North Division, and was selected by the Montreal Expos in the tenth round of the 1986 MLB Draft.
Blowers hit his first MLB home run off Charlie Hough on April 21, 1990.
He was the 13th player to hit grand slams in consecutive games, which he did on May 16 and 17 of 1993 with the Mariners, and equaled an American League record by committing four errors in one game at third base with the Yankees in 1990.
In 1995, Blowers hit .257 with 23 home runs and 96 RBI for the Mariners as they made their first postseason and advanced to the American League Championship Series. His 33 RBI in August remains the most by a Mariners player in a single month, a record he co-holds with Mariners Hall of Fame third baseman and designated hitter Edgar Martínez.
He was inducted into the Tacoma Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
Prediction of Tuiasosopo's first career home run
During the pre-game broadcast of a September 27, 2009 bout between the Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays, Blowers predicted Matt Tuiasosopo's first career home run. What started as simply selecting a notable player for the day's game became an extended humorous rant by Blowers. In the course of pre-game banter, he stated that the home run would come in Tuiasosopo's second at bat, on a fastball, in a 3-1 count, and that the ball would land in the second deck of left center field. This then happened - with correct prediction of player, at-bat, count, pitch and general landing area - in the top of the fifth inning .
Blowers was on the television side of the broadcast when the prediction came true, and laughed it off without explanation. Radio announcers Rick Rizzs and Dave Niehaus, however, recalled the prediction, restated it for the audience, and were beside themselves in laughter and disbelief as the prediction came true. Said Niehaus on-air, seconds before the event, "I've never been so excited on a 3-1 count in my life!". As Tuiasosopo circled the bases, Niehaus exclaimed "I see the light! I believe you Mike!".
- Siemon, Dean (June 2, 2016). "Structure of military family gave former big leaguer his start". Northwest Guardian. Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Washington. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Chin, Michael (May 31, 2005). "Prep flashback: Bethel's Blowers had a blast playing for 1995 Mariners". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
- "Mike Blowers' page at The Baseball Cube". Retrieved 2006-11-01.
- "University of Washington Baseball Players Who Made It to a Major League Baseball Team". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on 2012-08-21. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Stone, Larry (January 12, 2007). "M's juggle lineup in broadcast booth". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Seattle Mariners – Broadcasters
- Page on "Seattle Mariners" All-time Roster
- ESPN's Mike Blowers career notes
- Mike Blowers Fries Fansite
- Reporter Shannon Drayer's blog, detailing the predicted home run