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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lou Piniella selected to join the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame

No word on what cap logo he’ll use.

He brought a special intensity to Mariners Baseball in 1993. He gave Mariners fans their first taste of the postseason baseball in 1995. His 10 years as manager of the Mariners resulted in seven winning seasons. Today the Seattle Mariners announced that Lou Piniella will become the eighth member of the organization’s Hall of Fame when he is inducted on Saturday, August 9, at Safeco Field during a ceremony prior to the game against the Chicago White Sox.

“Lou Piniella was bigger than life,” said Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner. “There was no question what the goal was every day when the players walked into the clubhouse….win tonight’s game. Anything less was not acceptable.”

...Piniella and his wife Anita reside in their hometown Tampa, FL. He is providing color commentary on several New York Yankees’ telecasts again in 2014, and remains close to the Mariners organization.

Piniella joins the seven current members of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame: Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson, Dan Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. The Hall of Fame was created to honor the players, staff and other individuals that greatly contributed to the history of the Mariners franchise.

Note: To be eligible for selection, a player must have been active in a Mariners uniform for at least five seasons and be retired as a player at least two years. In addition to a player’s impact on the field, other considerations for possible induction include his positive impact on the Northwest community outside of baseball and a player’s positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners and/or Major League Baseball.

Repoz Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:38 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bookbook Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:53 PM (#4645401)
He wasn't in it already?

Edit: But what about the 'roid rage?

Edit again: Are managers prohibited from using PEDs? Doing crossword puzzles to sharpen their wits? What about the children?
   2. Baldrick Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4645405)
Thanks for the great years, Lou. All four M's postseason trips, and five of their six best years by winning percentage, were under his reign. It was a desolate wasteland before he came, and there's not been much more after he left.
   3. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4645406)
There's a case to be made for Piniella to be in the Mariners Hall of Fame, but this seems premature. I'd want to see at least Jamie Moyer and Ichiro Suzuki in there ahead of him, and neither of them is eligible yet.
   4. Baldrick Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4645407)
The Mariners have had 11 seasons above .500 out of 37 in their history.

Lou had 7 of those seasons, out of 10 chances.
   5. Monty Posted: January 23, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4645412)
1995 was a very enjoyable year for the Mariners.
   6. GregD Posted: January 23, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4645436)
Dave Niehaus?
   7. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: January 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4645442)
Dave Niehaus?


Yes, Dave Niehaus. He's at worst the fourth most important entrant in the M's HOF.

From Wikipedia: In 1977, Danny Kaye, part-owner of the expansion Seattle Mariners, recruited Niehaus to become the franchise's radio voice. Despite working for a franchise who from its first year in 1977 until 1991 was without a winning season, his talent was recognizable, and Niehaus was considered one of the few attractions for Mariner fans. Even in the period before the team's memorable 1995 season, the Mariners were regularly one of the leading major-league teams in terms of the percentage of radios in use.
   8. McCoy Posted: January 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4645450)
Geez, there was what, 6 people with radios in the NW and one of them was the Unabomber.
   9. Chris Fluit Posted: January 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4645451)
There's a case to be made for Piniella to be in the Mariners Hall of Fame, but this seems premature. I'd want to see at least Jamie Moyer and Ichiro Suzuki in there ahead of him, and neither of them is eligible yet.


That's ridiculous. They're not eligible. Piniella is. End of story.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: January 23, 2014 at 11:34 PM (#4645462)
Speaking of Moyer, my how times have changed. In his first season with the M's in 1996, Moyer had a 3.31 ERA good for a 150 ERA+. Last year, Iwakuma had a 2.66 good for only 138.
   11. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: January 24, 2014 at 04:26 AM (#4645483)
Still waiting for the Seattle Pilots Hall of Fame.
   12. Bote Man Posted: January 24, 2014 at 06:13 AM (#4645487)
Still waiting for the Seattle Pilots Hall of Fame.

Right after the Montreal Expos hall of fame.
   13. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 24, 2014 at 07:52 AM (#4645498)
Dave Niehaus?


This page has a link to "The Double".
   14. God Posted: January 24, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4645499)
Which will Alex Rodriguez make first, this Hall of Fame or the one in Cooperstown?
   15. Boxkutter Posted: January 24, 2014 at 03:42 PM (#4645902)
At least we got Markie Mac when we lost Piniella.

:-(
   16. Bote Man Posted: January 24, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4646019)
Mariners fans may now stop fretting over Tanaka signing with the Yankees.

@Ken_Rosenthal: Mariners announce signings of LHP Joe Beimel and RHP Mark Rogers to minor-league deals.
   17. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM (#4646062)
Dan Wilson?

I would totally go with Floyd Bannister. The '82 Mariners were the first Seattle team to approach respectability (they were at .500 into mid-August), and Bannister was the young ace of that team (Beattie was good, too.) But Bannister was the first legit stud they had.
   18. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4646074)
Which will Alex Rodriguez make first, this Hall of Fame or the one in Cooperstown?

After reading this, I'd say his main bet will be the Hall of Merit:

In addition to a player’s impact on the field, other considerations for possible induction include his positive impact on the Northwest community outside of baseball and a player’s positive impact in enhancing the image of the Seattle Mariners and/or Major League Baseball.
   19. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: January 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM (#4646076)
There's a case to be made for Piniella to be in the Mariners Hall of Fame, but this seems premature. I'd want to see at least Jamie Moyer and Ichiro Suzuki in there ahead of him, and neither of them is eligible yet.

Isn't this like saying a good case can be made for Curt Schilling to be in the big Hall of Fame, but it would be premature because Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez aren't in it yet....and they're not eligible?

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