BY SPNW Staff 01:42PM 07/10/2012

Mariners All-Star Notebook (1977-12)

Mariners had 75 All-Star selections since entering the American League in 1977, including two ASG Most Valuable Players.

Ken Griffey Jr. had a career batting average of .400 in All-Star Games before his retirement from the Mariners in 2010. / Wiki Commons

RHP Felix Hernandez is the Mariners’ sole representative at the Major League All-Star Game Tuesday night at Royals Stadium in Kansas City. Hernandez is an All-Star for the third time (2009, 2011), and just the sixth player in franchise history with three or more All-Star selections.

The franchise has had 75 All-Star selections, 10 each by Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-99) and Ichiro (2001-12), with a team record of eight in 2001 when the Mariners were en route to 116 victories.

While this year’s All-Star rosters include just one Mariner,¬† six ex-Mariners made the trip to Kansas City, including Adrian Beltre (2005-09) of Texas, David Ortiz (1994-96, minors) of Boston, Asdrubal Cabrera (2004-07, minors) of Cleveland, Adam Jones (2006-07) of Baltimore, Brian LaHair (2008) of the Chicago Cubs and R.A. Dickey (2008) of the New York Mets.

This is a brief primer on the Mariners’ All-Star Game history:

FIRST ALL-STAR: Ruppert Jones, 1977. The most popular player on the inaugural  roster, Jones made the All-Star team as a reserve outfielder who hit 17 home runs in the first half. Acquired by the Mariners in the 1976 expansion draft, Jones played in Seattle until Nov. 1, 1979 when the Mariners traded him with Jim Lewis to the New York Yankees for Rick Anderson, Jim Beattie, Juan Beniquez and Jerry Narron. Jones made the National League All-Star team in 1982 playing for San Diego.

MOST ALL-STARS: (8, 2001): Brett Boone, 2B; Mike Cameron, OF; John Olerud, 1B; Edgar Martinez, DH; Ichiro, OF; Freddy Garcia, RHP; Jeff Nelson, RHP, Kazuhiro Sasaki, RHP; (5, 1996), Jay Buhner, OF; Ken Griffey Jr., OF), Martinez, DH. (5, 1996): Buhner, Griffey; Martinez; Alex Rodriguez, SS; Dan Wilson, C.  (5, 2003): Boone, Ichiro, Martinez, LHP Jamie Moyer, RHP Shigetoshi Hasagawa.

LEADING VOTE GETTERS: Two Mariners, Griffey (1989-99, ’09-10) and Ichiro have led the voting, Griffey five times: 1994 (6,079,688), 1996 (3,064,814), 1997 (3,514,340), 1998 (4,202,830) and 1999 (2,918,055), and Ichiro three times in 2001 (3,373,035), 2002 (2,516,016), 2003 (2,130,708).

MOST SELECTIONS (PLAYER): Ken Griffey Jr. (10), 1990, 1991, 1992 (MVP), 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999; Ichiro (10), 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (MVP), 2008, 2009, 2010; Edgar Martinez (7), 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003; Alex Rodriguez (4), 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000.

MOST SELECTIONS (PITCHER): Randy Johnson (5), 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; Felix Hernandez (3), 2009, 2011, 2012 (Hernandez did not make the All-Star team the year he won the Cy Young award).

SELECTED, DID NOT PLAY (7): Craig Reynolds, SS, 1978; Rick Honeycutt, LHP, 1980; Jim Presley, 3B, 1986; Randy Johnson, LHP, 1990; Ken Griffey Jr., 1995 (injured); Alex Rodriguez, SS, 2000 (injured); Felix Hernandez, RHP, 2011.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS (2) Griffey won in 1992 at San Diego when he went 3-for-3, with a home run and two RBIs; Ichiro won in 2007 when he went 3-for-3 at AT&T Park San Francisco and hit the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history.

ALL-STAR HOME RUNS (4): Ken Griffey Jr., 1992 (solo off Greg Maddux); Edgar Martinez, 1997 (solo off Maddux); 1998, Alex Rodriguez (solo off Andy Ashby); Ichiro, 2007 (inside-the-park, off Chris Young).

HOME RUN DERBY WINNERS: Ken Griffey Jr. 1994, 1998, 1999.

MULTI-HIT GAMES (6): Ken Griffey Jr., 1991 (2-for-3); 1992 (3-for-3), 1994 (2-for-3); 1998 (2-for-3); Alex Rodriguez, 1993 (2-for-3); Ichiro, 2007 (3-for-3).

ALL-STAR STARTER (2): Randy Johnson, 1995 (no runs, no hits, three strikeouts, 2.0 IP); Johnson, 1997 (no runs, no hits, 2.0 IP, one walk, two strikeouts).

WINNING PITCHERS (1): Freddy Garcia, 2001 (no runs, no hits, 1.0 IP, strikeout, faced three batters).

ALL-STAR SAVES/BLOWN SAVES (3): Kazuhiro Sasaki (S), 2001; Sasaki (BS), 2002; Shigetoshi Hasegawa (BS), 2003.


ALL-STAR GAMES IN SEATTLE (2): 1979 (Kingdome), NL 7, AL 6; W: Bruce Sutter; L: Jim Kern; MVP: Dave Parker, Pittsburgh. 2001 (Safeco Field), AL 4, NL 1; W: Freddy Garcia; L: Chan Ho Park; MVP: Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore Orioles.


Year Player Pos. All-Star Game
1977 Ruppert Jones OF 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter
1978 Craig Reynolds SS Selected but did not play
1979 Bruce Bochte 1B 1-for-1 with RBI in Kingdome
1980 Rick Honeycutt LHP Selected but did not pitch
1981 Tom Paciorek OF 1-for-1 as a PH
1982 Floyd Bannister LHP One scoreless inning (no hits)
1983 Matt Young LHP 1.0 IP, no runs or hits, 1 K
1984 Alvin Davis 1B 0-for-1 as a PH
1985 Phil Bradley OF Played CF, went 0-1-for-1
1986 Jim Presley 3B 18 home runs at break, but did not play
1987 Mark Langston LHP 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Harold Reynolds 2B 0-for-3
1988 Harold Reynolds (2) 2B 0-for-1 as reserve
1989 Jeffrey Leonard OF 0-for-1 as a DH and PH
1990 Ken Griffey Jr. OF 0-for-2 as starter
Randy Johnson LHP 9-4 record at break, didn’t pitch
1991 Ken Griffey Jr. (2) OF 2-for-3 (2 singles) as starter
1992 Ken Griffey Jr. (3) OF 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs, MVP
Edgar Martinez 3B 0-for-1 as a PH in 13-6 AL win
1993 Ken Griffey Jr. (4) OF 1-for-3 (single) RBI
Randy Johnson (2) LHP 2.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 K
1994 Ken Griffey Jr. (5) OF Went 2-for-3, double and RBI
Randy Johnson (3) LHP 2 hits, 1 run facing 4 batters
1995 Ken Griffey Jr. (6) OF Missed game with broken wrist
Randy Johnson (4) LHP 2.0 IP, no hits, 3 K
Edgar Martinez (2) DH 0-for-3
Tino Martinez 1B 1-for-1, PH for Edgar Martinez
1996 Jay Buhner OF 0-for-2
Ken Griffey Jr. (7) OF DNP due to injury
Edgar Martinez (3) DH 0-for-1
Alex Rodriguez SS 0-for 1
Dan Wilson C 0-for-1
1997 Joey Cora 2B 0-for-1
Ken Griffey Jr. (8) OF 30 HRs, 85 RBIs at break; 0-for-4
Edgar Martinez (4) DH 2-for-2 with solo home run
Alex Rodriguez (2) SS 1-for-3 as starting SS
1998 Ken Griffey Jr. (9) OF 35 HRs at break; 2-for-3
Alex Rodriguez (3) SS Went 2-for-3 with HR
1999 Ken Griffey Jr. (10) OF Final ASG as Mariner, 0-for-2
2000 Edgar Martinez (5) DH 23 HRs at break; 0-for-1
Alex Rodriguez (4) SS DNP due to injury
Aaron Sele RHP 1.0 IP, 1 hit, credited with hold
Lou Piniella Coach Served on AL staff in 6-3 win
2001 Bret Boone 2B Started at 2B; 0-for-2
Mike Cameron OF 1-for-3 (double) with a K
John Olerud 1B 0-for-2
Edgar Martinez (6) DH 0-for-2
Ichiro Suzuki OF Infield single off Randy Johnson
Freddy Garcia RHP 1.0 IP, first SP to win All-Star game
Jeff Nelson RHP 1.0 hitless; credited for hold
Kazuhiro Sasaki RHP 1.0 IP; 1st Mariner to get save
Lou Piniella Coach Served on manager Joe Torre’s staff
2002 Ichiro Suzuki (2) OF AL’s leading vote getter; 0-for-2
Freddie Garcia (2) RHP 2.0 IP, on mound when Selig called game
Kazuhiro Sasaki (2) RHP Allowed 3 runs, blew save
2003 Ichiro Suzuki (3) OF AL’s leading vote getter; 0-for-1
Edgar Martinez (7) DH 0-for-2
Jamie Moyer RHP Worked 1.0 inning, no hits
Shigetoshi Hasegawa RHP Shelled for 4 runs; blew save
Bret Boone (2) 2B 0-for-2 with a K
2004 Ichiro Suzuki (4) OF 1-for-3, scored a run
2005 Ichiro Suzuki (5) OF 1-for-2 with 2 RBIs
2006 Jose Lopez 2B PR, no AB, played 3B
Ichiro Suzuki (6) OF 0-for-3
2007 J.J. Putz RHP 0.2 innings, 2 earned runs
Ichiro Suzuki (7) OF 3-for-3, inside-park HR, MVP
2008 Ichiro Suzuki (8) OF 1-for-3 in 4-3, 15-inning win
2009 Felix Hernandez RHP 8 pitches, no hits or runs
Ichiro Suzuki (9) OF 1-for-3
2010 Ichiro Suzuki (10) OF 0-for-2 with one strikeout
2011 Felix Hernandez (2) RHP Did not pitch
Michael Pineda RHP Worked 1.0 innings, 2 strikeouts
Brandon League RHP 1.0 inning, 2 hits, 1 run
2012 Felix Hernandez (3) RHP 6-5, 3.13 ERA, 128 Ks, 1.22 WHIP entering game


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