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January 13, 2015 at 10:26 AM

Jamie Moyer to be inducted in Mariners’ Hall of Fame

Seattle Times file photo

Seattle Times file photo

The Mariners will add a ninth member to their organizational Hall of Fame this season.

Jamie Moyer, the winningest pitcher in franchise history, has been selected for induction. The formal ceremony will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8, before the Mariners game against the Rangers at Safeco Field.

“The Seattle Mariners are proud to welcome Jamie Moyer to our franchise’s Hall of Fame,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said in a press release. “He was an outstanding representative of the Mariners both on and off the field, and will always be an important part of our history.”

Never blessed with overpowering stuff or a blazing fastball, Moyer made the most of what he had, using precise location and a devastating change-up, he was able to find consistent success. In 11 seasons with Seattle, he posted a 145-87 record. He holds club records in wins (145), innings pitched (2,093) and quality starts (188). He is third in strikeouts with 1,239.

In the magical 2001 season, he posted a 20-6 record. Two years later in 2003, he went  21-7 and earned a spot on the AL All-Star team. He is the only pitcher in franchise history to win 20 ore more games in a season more than once.

Moyer got the start on opening day in 2000, 2004-2006. He also started the first game at  Safeco Field on July 15, 1999, with a called strike on the first pitch.

Moyer came to Seattle from the Red Sox in a trade-deadline move  in exchange for outfielder Darren Bragg on July 30, 1996.

He was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 draft and later made his big league debut on June 16, 1986 with a win over Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies. He had stints with the Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies and Rockies in his 25-year MLB career. He started a game at the age of 49 with the Rockies in his final season. He compiled 269 career wins in his career.

Moyer’s unlikley success on the field was rivaled by his commitment to community service off the field.  In 2000, he and his wife, Karen, started “The Moyer Foundation.” It’s mission was to provide for support and help for children who were affected by family addiction and loss. He was honored for those efforts in 2003, winning the Roberto Clemente Award – MLB’s top award for community service. He also received the Hutch award and Lou Gehrig Award that season and picked up the Branch Rickey Award in 2004.

Moyer becomes the second pitcher to be inducted, joining Randy Johnson. He joins  Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Dan Wilson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Lou Piniella.



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