Mariners announce Minor League awards

Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay today announced that the Mariners will announce six minor league awards in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Safeco Field.

September 26th, 2016

Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay today announced that the Mariners will announce six minor league awards in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Safeco Field: the Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year Award, the Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award, the Edgar Martinez PTPA Award, the Alvin Davis "Mr. Mariner" Award, the Dan Wilson Minor League Community Service Player of the Year Award, and the Dave Henderson Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award.

Earlier this season the Mariners retired Ken Griffey Jr.'s number 24 throughout the entire organization, marking the first number worn by a Mariners player to be retired in franchise history. The Ken Griffey Jr. Minor League Hitter of the Year Award will be given annually to recognize the top organizational position player. Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, becoming the 51st first ballot Hall of Fame member after receiving 99.3 percent of the vote, the most in baseball history. Griffey Jr. was selected first overall in the June 1987 draft by the Mariners and less than two years later, at age 19, he was in centerfield on Opening Night in 1989. In his 22 Major League seasons (1989-2010), including 13 season in Seattle (1989-99, 2009-10), Ken belted 630 home runs, sixth on the all-time list. Only two left-handed hitters in baseball history have hit more home runs (Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth). The definition of a five-tool player, he was one of 30 players named to MLB's All-Century team in 1999. Even more significant than the many numbers and statistics and awards, Griffey Jr. led the Mariners to the club's first-ever postseason appearances in 1995 and 1997, solidifying the franchise in Seattle. In addition to being the "Face of the Franchise," he was arguably the "Face of the Game of Baseball" for much of his career.

The Mariners will recognize the top pitcher in the organization annually with the Jamie Moyer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award. During his 11 seasons with the Mariners, Moyer compiled a record of 145-87. Among franchise leaders he ranks second in wins and innings pitched (2,093), starts (323), and quality starts (188), and is third in strikeouts (1,239). Moyer is the only Mariners pitcher to have won 20 games more than once going 20-6 in 2001 and 21-7 in 2003. He was an All-Star in 2003 and was three-times named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America Seattle Chapter (1998, 1999, 2003). Jamie began his professional baseball career when he was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 1984 draft. He made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986 with a win over Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies. Over a 25-year Major League career, Moyer played for the Cubs (1986-1988), Texas Rangers (1989-1990), St. Louis Cardinals (1991), Baltimore Orioles (1993-1995), Boston Red Sox (1996), Mariners (1996-2006), Phillies (2006-2010) and Colorado Rockies (2012 at the age of 49). With 269 career victories, Moyer ranks 35th in baseball history. Moyer was acquired by the Mariners in a trade deadline deal that sent Darren Bragg to the Red Sox on July 30, 1996. 

The Edgar Martinez PTPA (Productive Team Plate Appearance) Award recognizes the hitter that embodies the Control the Zone philosophy, instilling a team approach at the plate instead of an individual approach. Martinez, who is currently the Mariners Major League Hitting Coach, had an 18-year Major League career, all with the Mariners. In 2,055 career games, he posted a lifetime slashline of .312 batting average / .418 on-base percentage / .515 slugging percentage with 514 doubles, 15 triples, 309 home runs and 1.261 RBI. Martinez won two AL Batting Titles (1992 & 1995), three AL On-Base Percentage Titles (1995, 1998 and 1999), five Silver Sluggers® (1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and five DH of the Year Awards (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001). Upon his retirement, Major League Baseball re-named the DH of the Year Award the Edgar Martinez Award. Martinez was enshrined in the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2007. Martinez is one of only 10 players in MLB history to have collected 300+ home runs, 500+ doubles, 1,000+ walks, a career .300+ average and a career on-base percentage over .400.

The Alvin Davis "Mr. Mariner" Award will be given annually following the season to the minor league player with exemplary play and leadership skills both on and off the field. Davis, who is a Special Assistant Coordinator in the Mariners Minor League department, played for the Mariners from 1984-91, earning the nickname "Mr. Mariner". He was the team's first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 1997. Alvin was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1984 by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and finished his career in the top-10 in nearly every Mariners offensive category. He was selected by the Mariners in the 6th round of the 1982 amateur draft out of Arizona State University.

The Mariners organization is committed to giving back to the community and prides itself on involvement by players and staff at all levels. The Dan Wilson Minor League Community Service Player of the Year Award will recognize a player in the minor league system who actively contributes to community involvement with emphasize on the value of being good citizens and role models in their communities. Wilson, who is currently the Mariners Minor League Catching Coordinator, spent 14 seasons catching in the Majors, debuting with Cincinnati (1992-93) and spending the bulk of his career with the Mariners (1994-2005). He has caught more games (1,281) than any other player in Mariners history and was the starting catcher on every Mariners team to reach the post-season. He was an American League All-Star in 1996, and was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012. In addition to his on-field accomplishments Dan, and his family, have played an active philanthropic role in the Seattle community. Dan and his wife, Annie, were the 2012-2013 United Way of King County annual campaign co-chairs, and have long supported First Place School, the adoption agency All God's Children International and Seattle Children's Hospital.

The Dave Henderson Minor League Staff Member of the Year Award is presented to a minor league staff member that exemplifies the qualities of the late Mariner who is regarded as one of the leading players for establishing "The Mariners Way." Henderson was the Seattle Mariners first-ever draft pick, the first round pick (27th overall) in the 1977 Draft, and made his debut with the Mariners on April 9, 1981. He played in the Majors with Seattle (1981-86), Boston (1986-87), San Francisco (1987), Oakland (1988-93) and Kansas City (1994). His career included four trips to the post-season with Boston (1986) and Oakland (1988, 1989, 1990), with all four of his playoff years culminating in World Series appearances. With the Red Sox one strike from elimination, Henderson hit a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning in Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship series to help send the series back to Boston for Game 6. The Red Sox won both Game 6 & 7 and advanced to the World Series. Dave was well known, and well loved, for his always positive attitude and huge smile.