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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: felix hernandez, mariners, opening day

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   1. Baldrick Posted: March 09, 2019 at 07:48 AM (#5821464)
Oh just let Felix make the start. Who cares? The team is going to be awful either way.
   2. Dolf Lucky Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:03 AM (#5821470)
What's the best all time team you can construct, using only players who never appeared in the postseason? Probably makes sense to limit to players who played after 1969.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:29 AM (#5821473)

Just looking at the career bWAR since 1969, the first guy on that list that I can find that played zero post-season games is Buddy Bell (66.3 bWAR), which is #46 on the list.

The next one on the list is ALL the way down at #281, Vernon Wells (28.5 bWAR).

After that, comes a guy who I've never heard of before, Jason Thompson (#349, with 25.0 bWAR).

I know that I could keep searching after that, but the only other player of note that I can remember is Adam Dunn. His team made the post season in his final season (Oakland, wild card game) but he didn't play in the game.
It's going to be pretty slim pickings, and you'll eventually start coming across recent players like Marcel Ozuna (17.0 bWAR) and Brett Lawrie (15.1 bWAR).
   4. Baldrick Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:32 AM (#5821474)
Felix. Kyle Seager. Alvin Davis. Pete O'Brien. Harold Reynolds. Randy Winn. Phil Bradley.

Boy do I hate being a Mariners fan.
   5. Baldrick Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:36 AM (#5821475)
Non M's division: Buddy Bell is probably the best pick of recent vintage. Brian Roberts is sneaky strong option at 30.4 WAR.
   6. bbmck Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:46 AM (#5821477)
Final Year 1978 or later, did not appear in a playoff game:

Rotation #1: Fergie Jenkins, Felix Hernandez, Wilbur Wood, Teddy Higuera, Danny Darwin
Rotation #2: Josh Johnson, Aaron Harang, John Montefusco, Jim Abbott, Steve Busby
   7. A triple short of the cycle Posted: March 09, 2019 at 09:55 AM (#5821478)
For a while I was going to the A's home opener every season. It seemed like it was always against the Mariners and King Felix, and the A's always lost.
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 09, 2019 at 10:09 AM (#5821480)
What's the best all time team you can construct, using only players who never appeared in the postseason? Probably makes sense to limit to players who played after 1969.

Best to start with players on the 70's-80's Indians-Rangers Shuttle

OTTMH (non-active division):

C -
1B - Mike Hargrove
2B - John Castino
SS - Toby Harrah
3B - Buddy Bell
LF - Phil Bradley
CF - Vernon Wells
RF - Bobby Higginson

edit: Good one on Brian Roberts at 2B. Definitely an upgrade

SP - Fergie Jenkins
SP - Wilbur Wood
SP - Teddy Higuera
SP - Ben Sheets
SP - J.R. Richard

CL - Jeff Montgomery

Can't find a catcher worth mentioning. Probably can do better at several other positions. A lot of guys just miss on account of a token appearance late in career, like Mark Langston with 2 IP in the 1998 NLCS/WS in his penultimate season with the Padres.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: March 09, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5821482)
Can't find a catcher worth mentioning.

Mike Lieberthal?
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 09, 2019 at 10:21 AM (#5821483)
Sure. Better than not having anyone there.
   11. bbmck Posted: March 09, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5821486)
Ending Streaks of 9+ Opening Day Starts since 1908:

2009-18: Felix Hernandez - ???
2006-14: CC Sabathia - 2nd MLB season Masahiro Tanaka, CC starts G3
2003-12: Roy Halladay - franchise cornerstone Cole Hamels, Roy starts G2
1998-06: Randy Johnson - injury or contract issue starts G21, Brandon Webb starts G1
1988-96: Dennis Martinez - first game with team Jeff Fassero, Dennis starts G7, Randy Johnson starts G4
1980-93: Jack Morris - first game with team Dennis Martinez, Jack starts G2

1977-86: Steve Carlton - moved to bullpen, first start G32, Tom Candiotti starts G1
1968-79: Tom Seaver - most likely injury or contract issue starts G6, Frank Pastore starts G1
1967-75: Bob Gibson - retirement
1950-61: Robin Roberts - injury or contract issue starts G35, Billy Hoeft starts G1
1912-21: Walter Johnson - most likely injury starts G6 then G16, George Mogridge starts G1
   12. bbmck Posted: March 09, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5821490)
[7] Felix started 10 games in Oakland during the first 30 games of the season, the Mariners were 10-0.
   13. bbmck Posted: March 09, 2019 at 11:34 AM (#5821499)
Catcher: Butch Wynegar, Todd Hundley and John Stearns
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 09, 2019 at 12:34 PM (#5821511)
I completely skipped over Brian Roberts when I was going down the list because I saw "BAL-NYY" in his team list and figured that he MUST have made the playoffs with those teams in that time period (2001-2014).
Nope. Injured when the Orioles made the playoffs in 2012, and in 2014 the Yankees didn't make the playoffs (but the Orioles did).
   15. Walt Davis Posted: March 09, 2019 at 04:44 PM (#5821564)
I'll add Ernie Banks. Yes I know he doesn't meet the time criteria here (which is fair enough) but from 53-68, the most wins was 87 and 3rd place which is only occasionally good enough even these days. In his MVP years, they were under 500. The best year was 69 which is our threshold here -- they would have been the WC if there had been one but that may be true of others.

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