The Mariners have designated DH Mike Ford for assignment. He made some valuable contributions to the Seattle team in 2023. Let's look back at what he did as we say goodbye (potentially for good) to Mike Ford.
Mike Ford spent several years with the Yankees before being traded to the Rays in June 2021. The Nationals selected him off waivers in August 2021, In November 2021, he was a free agent and signed with the Mariners. (Somehow) he started playing for the Giants but then was purchased by the Mariners in May 2022. In June of that season, the Braves selected him off of waivers only to be released by the Braves in August 2022. Several days later, he signed as a free agent with the Angels and was later granted free agency which is when he became a Mariner in January 2023.
The 2023 Season with the Mariners
Fans first saw Mike Ford play in the big leagues this season for Seattle on June 2. We witnessed him have some big games with the Mariners.
Ford had a remarkable game on June 13 against Miami. Ford hit three times out of four, two of which were home runs with three runs batted in. Ford had another two-home run game when the Mariners were visiting the Orioles in Baltimore.
He shared a big day with Logan Gilbert at Oracle Park on July 4 when Gilbert pitched a nine-inning shutout. During that game, which happened to also be his birthday, Ford had four hits, one of which was a home run in the third inning. He also scored on a wild pitch in the second inning.
Several days later on July 7, when playing the Astros in Houston, Ford batted four players in. Several times, Ford hit a home run that posted 2 RBIs: on July 20 v. Minneapolis; against Toronto on July 23; on August 26 he did the same against the Royals; and on September 6 in Cincinnati. Ford hit an essential home run on August 18 to help the Mariners beat the Astros 2-0.
We Will Miss You Mike Ford!
Ford was often a designated hitter but also stood in for Ty France at first base and even pitched two innings throughout the season.
I am still curious about your full name, Michael Harrison Ford, as it brings to mind a terrific actor. We will be left to ponder whether Harrison is a family name or just a fun name to give a kid.
We will miss you, Mike Ford. Thank you for your many contributions to the Mariners in 2023!