POSITION: Right Fielder
BORN: August 13, 1964 in Louisville, KY
DEBUT: September 11, 1987
FINAL GAME: October 7, 2001
Former outfielder Jay Buhner was a force on the field, a leader in the clubhouse and a leader in the community. He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on August 24, 2004. Buhner, who came to the Mariners in a 1988 trade with the New York Yankees, played 14 seasons in a Seattle Mariners uniform. He belted 310 home runs with 965 RBI during his Major League career. From 1996-1998, he became just the 10th player to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons. Jay ranks among the Mariners career leaders in games (1440; 3rd), at bats (4,922; 3rd), runs (790; 3rd), hits (1,255; 3rd), doubles (231; 3rd), triples (19; tied for 7th), home runs (307; 2nd), RBI (951; 3rd), total bases (2,445; 3rd), extra-base hits (557; 3rd), slugging percentage (.497, 5th) and walks (788; 2nd).
Off the field, Buhner was the inspiration for the unique "Buhner Buzz Nights" that took place each season from 1994-2001. Thousands of fans lined up hours before the games to have their heads shaved and receive free admission to salute Jay, and on several nights received "Bald is Buhnerful" t-shirts. In 1997, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presented Jay with the Breath of Life Award for his outstanding commitment to Cystic Fibrosis.