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Five Fun Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 24, 2016

Very few players are known simply by one name, but when you are as good as Ichiro Suzuki, that’s guaranteed to happen. A lot of baseball fans were skeptical of Ichiro‘s abilities when he came to Major League Baseball from Japan, but he has gone on to prove each and every one of them wrong. Here are five fun facts about Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro Suzuki Hits Home Runs

Two of Ichiro’s first four career home runs were hit off of Rangers pitcher Jeff Zimmerman. He hit the first of his career off of him on April 6, 2001 and then the fourth of his career off of him on July 2, 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki & Hideo Nomo?

In a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox in 2001 during his rookie season with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the very first time. The pitcher who hit him was Hideo Nomo.

10 Straight Gold Gloves

Amazingly, Ichiro Suzuki won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 10 years in a row. This happened in his first 10 seasons of Major League Baseball play.

What Would You Trade For Ichiro Suzuki

With the Mariners in rebuilding mode in 2012, Ichiro came to management and asked for a trade. The team would send him to the Yankees and in return receive Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

Ichiro Suzuki’s First All-Star Game Hit

In the 2001 MLB All-Star Game held in Seattle, Ichiro’s first one, he got the first All-Star Game hit of his career off of former Mariners star pitcher Randy Johnson who had made the team while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. This was Johnson’s tenth and final All-Star Game. After reaching base, Ichiro would then steal second with another former Mariner, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.

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.

Robinson Cano Animated Gifs! Yankees! Mariners!

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on March 28, 2014






Ken Griffey Jr. Animated GIFS

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on February 14, 2014

One of the most famous moments!

He scores!

Check that glove!

Curtain Call!

Just ‘The Kid’ being ‘The Kid’!

10 Great Seattle Mariners Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 11, 2013

1.  Ken Griffey Jr.

Showing off the classic sweet swing of the one and only Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.!

Ken Griffey Jr.!

2.  Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro didn’t have a bad swing either for that matter.

Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Takes ‘Em Deep

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3.  Dan Wilson

How good was Dan Wilson on defense?  This good.

Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson Guns ‘Em Down!

4.  Mariners Celebration!

There really is nothing quite like this scene.

Mariners Dog Pile

Griffey at the bottom of the pile.

5.  Joey Cora

Here’s a sneaky little play be a very alert Joey Cora!

Joey Cora

Joey Cora tags out an unsuspecting Mike MacFarlane

6.  Randy Johnson

Who can forget that hilarious All-Star game at-bat of John Kruk against Randy Johnson?

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson vs. John Kruk

7.  Bring It Home, Junior!

Another classic memorable scene from the Mariners’ past.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Bring it home, Junior!

8.  Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner goes above and beyond (and over) for the Mariners.

Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner

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9.  Griffey Junior… AND senior!

Watching Griffey and his Dad play together in the big leagues at the same time was something very special.

The Griffeys

Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr.

10.  The Kingdome Implosion

The end of an era… welcomed by MANY!

Kingdome Implosion

The Kingdome Comes Down

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