‘Forever, with the home fans!’
Pitcher Felix Hernandez (37) has been inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Seattle officially announced on the 12th (Korean time) that it had decided to include Hernandez as a member of the Hall of Fame. Founded in 1977, Seattle has previously had 10 players inducted into the Hall of Fame. Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buener, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr., Lou Piniella, Jamie Moyer, and Ichiro Suzuki. Hernandez became the club’s 11th all-time follow-up.
Hernandez took his first step in the major leagues (MLB) with Seattle in 2005 when he was 19 years old. He recorded 169 wins and 136 losses with a 3.42 earned run average over 15 career seasons through 2019. He played a prominent role as an ace in posting double-digit multipliers for 8 consecutive seasons, including 19 wins in 2009 and 2016. He also recorded more than 200 strikeouts for six consecutive seasons from 2009, with an “impregnable” changeup at the forefront. During this period, he had a whopping 1358 strikeouts. This is the background of the nickname ‘King Felix’. 메이저놀이터
He also left a big footprint. He won the 2010 American League (AL) Cy Young Award. He was selected as an All-Star six times and even achieved a perfect game against the Baltimore Orioles on August 16, 2012. He did not have a long playing career. He’s been downhill since 2017. He struggled as his restraint dropped. It was difficult to overwhelm the opponent with his pitching centered on breaking balls. He had to leave Seattle in 2019 with a disappointing record of 1-8 with a 6.40 earned run average. Afterwards, he tried to make a comeback by signing minor league contracts with the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore, but it did not go as he wanted. Eventually he left the mound.
Hernandez’s induction ceremony will be held ahead of the game against Baltimore on August 13 at T-Mobile Park, home of Seattle. He also had the honor of being inducted into the Seattle Hall of Fame at the youngest age ever. However, it will not be easy for him to climb to the MLB Hall of Fame. His impact is somewhat less as he retired at an early age. Even in terms of win contribution (WAR) compared to substitute players, he is inferior to Hall of Fame candidates such as Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers).