Seattle Mariners To Induct Jamie Moyer Into Hall of Fame
By Dan Hughes
Mark your calendars for Saturday August 8th. Jamie Moyer will become the 9th member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony that night, prior to the Mariners game against the Texas Rangers.
Moyer is the Mariners franchise leader in wins (145) and innings pitched (2,093). With 33 innings and 21 wins, Felix Hernandez will surpass Moyer for those totals, but for now, the marks belong to Moyer.
Jamie Moyer is also the only Mariners pitcher to have surpassed the 20-win mark in a season more than once, winning 20 games in 2001 and 21 in 2003.
He also has the distinction of having thrown the first pitch at Safeco Field, July 15, 1999 – a called strike.
"“The Seattle Mariners are proud to welcome Jamie Moyer to our franchise’s Hall of Fame,” said team president Kevin Mather 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.”"
Moyer spent 11 of his 25-year Major League career with the Mariners after he was acquired in a trade-deadline deal that sent Darren Bragg to the Red Sox on July 30, 1996.
Apr 8, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Former Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Jaime Moyer throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
In those years he was also a very active member of his community as well. In 2000, Jamie and his wife Karen established The Moyer Foundation which looks to provide comfort, hope and healing to children whom are affected by loss and family addictions. The Foundation created Camp Erin, the largest network of free bereavement camps for children and teens in the nation, including a location in every city where an MLB team is located. They also started Camp Mariposa, a free first-of-its-kind camp that serves children affected by various addictions within their families.
Moyer has received numerous awards for his community service including the Roberto Clemente Award (2003). He was also recognized with the Hutch Award (2003), Lou Gehrig Award (2003) and Branch Rickey Award (2004).
Moyer joins former players Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez, Randy Johnson – who was recently voted into Cooperstown – Dan Wilson and Ken Griffey Jr. As well as former manager Lou Piniella and former longtime broadcaster Dave Niehaus.
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