annnnnd . . . . he’s IN!!!

Edgar Martinez fina11y gets the call to the hall!

We’ve known it was coming, even before fun things like this . . .

Dear Edgar –

Thank you from the bottom of my Seattle Mariners’ fan heart for . . . 

  • the double
  • countless other at-bat moments in your momentous career
  • the light-bat and geoducks in Puyallup
  • your unassuming, humble nature
  • your unparalleled, loyalty to the team & to the city

Congratulations, Gar, on your long-awaited, much-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame!

Cooperstown will have you forever but, Seattle had you first . . . 

Thank you for being ever, only a Seattle Mariner. 💙⚾️💙⚾️💙

Some of the MANY tweets . . . (see them all forever more at #EdgarHOF )

No-No, eh?

Wowsa!

Mariners 5 | Blue Jays 0

I won’t soon forget the excitement of James Paxton’s first complete game, as it was also his first no-hitter (the second no-no by a Canadian and the first by a Canadian on Canadian soil 😉 )

I wasn’t able to watch but, heard the last few innings on the radio while commuting on the train (and holding my breath!) and heard the last call (ground out to Seager/Healy) while boarding the ferry 🙂

So great to see James have the success he’s enjoying this season (even before the no-no). We have all known he was capable of becoming the M’s future ace but, crazy injuries seemed to have dogged him, derailing him in one way or another every season. Here’s to James’ continued health because it’s become apparent, when healthy, he can be absolutely dominant – whether he’s striking out 16 one game or giving up no hits the next – he’ll be a huge part of any success the M’s attain going forward.

Congrats, James!!!

Jr in bronze . . .

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to see this stunning work of art in person . . .

I was actually working from home the day it was unveiled (Thursday, April 13th) but, didn’t realize until too late that the unveiling was occurring (otherwise, I could have at least watched it on TV/Twitter, etc.)

Thankfully, there are plenty of pics/videos on social media – the detail is impeccable . . .

g142 | Congrats ~and condolences~ to James

Mariners 6 | Rays 2

ON THE MOUND
On the night James Paxton made his major league debut . . .
he was apparently only hours removed from learning of his grandfather’s death. What a tribute he was able to give him – recording a victory in his FIRST ever start! Yes, the Rays have been struggling of late but, they are in the playoff hunt and James handled them almost with ease for most of the game. His fastball was 94-97mph and his other stuff got better as he went along. His great debut was all the more impressive once it was reported, shortly after the game, what a heavy heart he held. Way to go, James! Here’s to many more lines like this in your career . . .
SIX innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ONE walk ~ THREE strikeouts

 

} Tom up to his old tricks (walking the first TWO batters) but, he was able to escape without damage.
} Chance, Luke and Danny kept the scoreless streak going – giving up only ONE hit, ONE walk and striking out THREE over the last TWO innings

AT THE PLATE
Rather odd note . . .
this was the fourth straight game in which the M’s have scored exactly SIX runs (3-1 in those games) . . . . we’ll take it! And, the other thing we’ll take is the balance of manufacturing AND ready-made scoring.

We’ve seen Abraham run and catch . . .
tonight we got to see him walk, steal and bunt (once for an RBI on a safety squeeze!) – lovin’ the small ball 🙂

and the power was on display as well . . .
Justin and Kendrys both with solo shots and Nick and Michael both with RBI doubles

IN THE FIELD
Michael made a FANTASTIC throw from RF . . .
A perfect, NO-hop, strike to Mike at the plate to keep the runner at 3B

Only ONE double-play but, it ended the game (those are always extra, special sweet!)

Super, scary moment when Justin and Nick were both going to field a pop-up, it went off Justin’s glove just as Nick was sliding to get out of the way. Unfortunately, his head (neck) was able to get out of the way of Justin’s knee. He was on the ground for several minutes but able to get up on his own eventually AND, he stayed in the game (whew!)

tweets of the game . . .

 

 

Interesting that there was a Sounders’ match and a Mariners’ game simultaneously (thought they usually tried to avoid that) and great that they both were victors (and the games ended at almost exactly the same time)

 

a baby M with a NO-hitter!!!

How cool is THIS ?!?!?

Sanchez says, ‘Look mom, no hits’ | Ashley Marshall, MiLB.com

The Mariners’ No. 6 prospect pitched a nine-inning no-hitter in his 27th professional start as Class A Clinton blanked visiting Lansing, 1-0.

What made the performance even more memorable for Sanchez was that his mother had flown in from Caguas, Venezuela to watch what turned out to be his historic effort. It was the second time she’s seen him pitch on American soil and the first time this season.

In fact, the last time Sanchez had seen his mother was when he flew home last month to attend his grandmother’s funeral.

“I’m not sure how to describe my emotions right now,” Sanchez said through a translator. “I’m happy. My mother and wife were here to see me pitch, so I’m happy When I saw [my mother], she reinforced that I was very good. Before the game, she told me that I could do it.”

 

 

Rauuuuuuul! Yes, he is SO cool :-)

So, yeah . . .
raise your hand if you penciled in Raul for club leader in RBI (56), homers (24) & tied for triples (2) at the break.

And then, there’s that little matter of being on pace to obliterate the record for homers at age 41+ (held by none other than Ted Williams – 29)

Here’s the thing . . .
Raul wasn’t even supposed to be playing this much. Seems most figured his role would be pinch hitter/platoon player with some occasionally starts in LF but, for the most part, he would be a mentor to “the kids” (much as Junior was in 2009).

But, life and baseball had other plans and, when various injuries side-lined the entire outfield at one time or another (Guti AND Michael Morse AND Michael Saunders) Raul was called in for more service than anyone could have imagined. He’s started 54 games in LF and, while no one will mistake him for a gold glover, he’s been more than serviceable (even has a handful of assists) and then there’s his bat ~ pretty darned amazing what he’s accomplished so far this season.

Good on ya, Raul ~ keep up the good work!

Raul doing what he does | Ted S. Warren, AP

Raul doing what he does | Ted S. Warren, AP

 

Some good reads on Raul . . .

Ibanez’s fountain (and kale) of youth | Jim Caple
( hey, sounds like he’s a fellow Paleo 🙂 )

Raul Ibañez nominated for Branch Rickey Award | Mariners.com

Raul Ibanez speaks on approaching Ted Williams | Gary Hill

 

Mariners Milestones, Movement and M*A*S*H on a Monday

Some interesting milestones, in no particular order, are starting to stack up (courtesy M’s twitter unless otherwise noted) . . .

milestones

  • Mariners pitching staff tied a club record by recording TEN shutouts prior to the All Star Break (also done in 2002 and 2003)
  • First season since 1999 FIVE or more Mariners have at least TEN homers before the All Star Break (Raul-24, Kyle-15, Kendrys-14, Michael M-11, Jason-11)
  • Mariners are on pace to hit 197 homers ~ their record at Safeco Field is 198 in 2000, first full season there (via Larry Stone tweet)
  • Brad Miller’s SIX extra base hits in his first ELEVEN games ties him for 2nd all time in M’s history (Alvin Davis has NINE in his first ELEVEN in 1984)
  • Mike Zunino is the 3rd-youngest player in M’s history with a walk-off RBI (June 28th v Cubs)
  • Kyle Seager became the 12th player in M’s history to record 100 or more hits before the All Star Game
  • Kyle currently has a FOURTEEN game hitting streak going . . . one of THREE players in MLB that have had  separate hitting streaks of TEN or more games this season
  • Raul Ibanez became the 5th player in Mariners history to collect 200 or more doubles and 150 or more homers (joining Jr, Jay and Alvin)

 

up, down

July 8th
~ DFA’d Jeremy Bonderman (eventually signed a minor league deal w/the Tigers)
~ recalled Lucas Luetge from AAA Tacoma

July 11th
~ recalled Erasmo Ramirez from AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~optioned Carter Capps to AAA Tacoma Rainiers
July 12th
~ recalled Bobby LaFromboise from AAA Tacoma
~ recalled Hector Noesi from AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~ optioned Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~ optioned Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett (to ensure he stays “on turn” during the break)
July 15th
in an interesting move announced this afternoon, the M’s are swapping their AAA Tacoma (Clark) and AA Jackson (Bernard) pitching coaches (apparently to maintain continuity with all the promotions of late)

 

MASH

 15-day DL
* Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) will work out over the break then start a(nother) rehab assignment in Tacoma
* Michael Morse (quad) not yet ready for rehab
* Jesus Sucre (hand) way past his eligible return but, haven’t seen any updates

60-day DL
* Stephen Pryor (lat) pitched in a simulated game last week and will pitch one game for Everett this week and then complete his rehab in Tacoma (hopefully, all goes well as he will be a HUGE boost to the bullpen when ready)