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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez has reason to be upset, but he also has an opportunity | The Seattle Times

When will they just release him?

These weren’t scorched-earth reactions that will drive an immediate wedge between Hernandez, his teammates and Servais. Regardless of the $27 million Felix will receive in this final year of his contract, everyone understands that regression still hurts.

In the past five years, Hernandez’s ERA has ballooned from 2.14, to 3.53, to 3.82, to 4.36 to 5.55. Throw in the seven earned runs he allowed in three innings Sunday, and a 2019 resurgence seems closer to impossible than it does improbable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 09:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘What do you want me to say?’: Unhappy Felix Hernandez struggles in final Cactus League start for Mariners | The Seattle Times

But could this current acrimony lead to disruption? Hernandez has never been malicious, but he also hasn’t always been mature. It’s certainly something that will be monitored. At what point is his presence a diminished value? The Mariners won’t hinder the progress of top prospect Justus Sheffield for the sake of loyalty and nostalgia.

His $27 million salary is a sunken cost. Even if he somehow performs above expectations and becomes of value to another team, it’s a dollar figure that no GM would assume — or even half of it. But if a change-of-scenery trade presented itself, the Mariners would be interested.

And if Hernandez continues to struggle with wandering command, run-filled innings and shortened starts, the cost of walking away will be the same as burying him in the bullpen.

There is no “if” pertaining to the end of the relationship between the Mariners and Hernandez. It’s now just when.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 10:14 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Felix Hernandez’s historic opening day streak is coming to an end

All good things must come to an end.

For longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, that includes his decade-long streak of making opening day starts.

According to ESPN’s Marly Rivera, manager Scott Servais has informed Hernandez that he will not be getting the ball when the Mariners open up the regular season against the Oakland Athletics on March 20 in Japan. The Mariners have not decided who will make the start. They just know that for the first time since 2008, it won’t be “King Felix.”

The King appears to be facing the threat of being deposed.

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:32 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners, opening day

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Mariners’ Hernandez gets off to shaky spring start

Felix Hernandez says he’s all set for a bounce-back season.

Now pitching entirely from the stretch, King Felix made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4.

The six-time All-Star allowed four hits, only one of them solid. He didn’t walk anyone, but hit a batter and threw just 23 strikes in 42 pitches.

The King hopes that this is small sample size in action….

 

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners, spring training

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

King Felix entering critical last season of Seattle contract

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Every day for several years, Felix Hernandez has walked past large photos of himself and Randy Johnson — the Seattle Mariners‘ only Cy Young Award winners — in the hallway leading to the clubhouse of their spring training complex.

King Felix will make those walks for perhaps the last time this year, with a bigger goal as motivation.

“I know this is my final year, but I don’t think I am done,” the 33-year-old Hernandez said on Tuesday following Seattle’s first spring training workout. “I think I can do a lot of good things, and it is going to be a push for my Hall of Fame career. It means a lot. Now Edgar (Martinez) is in the Hall of Fame. We’ll see.”

Will he be able to maintain his hold on the throne, or will he be forced to go into exile?

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mariners’ Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Felix Hernandez routinely performs his craft in front of tens of thousands of people, but that doesn’t make the Seattle Mariners starting pitcher nervous.

But passing the tests, including one in civics, to become an American citizen? Now that is a different story.

One with a happy ending.

Does this mean that he has renounced his claim to be King?

QLE Posted: September 25, 2018 at 03:50 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: citizenship, felix hernandez

 

 

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