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Five Fun Facts About Felix Hernandez Of The Mariners

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 26, 2014

Felix Hernandez has proven over the years that the attention he received as a young up and coming ballplayer was well deserved. He makes excelling amidst tough circumstances seem almost easy. Here are five fun facts about on of baseball’s greatest pitchers.

What’s In A Number?

During his 12 game stint in the majors with Seattle in 2005, his first year in the big leagues, Felix Hernandez wore jersey number 59. The next year would see him switch to the more familiar number 34 that he has worn every year since.

As A Hitter?

The first hit Felix Hernandez had in Major League Baseball came in a June 2007 matchup against the Padres. In the top of the third, Fernandez got an RBI bunt single off of Chris Young that scored catcher Jamie Burke.

Venezuela’s Own!

Felix Hernandez was the fourth player born in Venezuela to ever go on to strike out over 1,500 batters in Major League Baseball. The first three before him were Johan Santana, Freddy Garcia, and Carlos Zambrano.

Just Missed It

Felix Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 2009 and finished in second place in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award. Finishing ahead of him and winning the award that year was Zack Greinke of the Royals. Hernandez would win the award himself the very next season.

The First To Hit Five

The first player Felix Hernandez would give up five or more home runs to during his career was Mark Teixeira.

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