QUESTION: Felix Hernandez Pitches Perfect Game; Is He The Best Seattle Pitcher Ever?

King Felix, who many South Sounders witnessed up close during his playing days with the Tacoma Rainiers, struck out 12 in today's 1-0 victory at Safeco Field. It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history, and the fourth no-hitter in M's history.


That's the only way to describe Felix Hernandez's performance today, as the Mariners' ace threw the first perfect game in Seattle history.

All day, Hernandez relied on wicked movement on his pitches and a little defense behind him to frustrate Tampa Bay's hitters in the 1-0 victory.

King Felix struck out 12.

(Click here to read The Seattle Times' recap)

After the last pitch of the game - a 2-2 called strike to Sean Rodriguez - Hernandez threw up his arms, yelled, then pointed to the sky before being mobbed by teammates.

"It was something special," Hernandez said. "I don't have any words to explain this."

Amazingly, it was the second perfect game thrown at Safeco Field this season. On April 21, Phillp Humber pitched one for the visiting Chicago White Sox.

This time, it was the Mariners celebrating.

It was the 23rd perfect game in Major League Baseball history, and it was also the fourth no-hitter in Mariners' history.

The South Sound took special pride in Hernandez's feat, as many of us saw him pitch when he was with the Tacoma Rainiers.

He's an all-star, a former Cy Young Award winner and, now, the owner of a masterful perfect game.

All hail King Felix.

Talk to us, fans. Is Felix Hernandez the best pitcher in Seattle Mariners' history?

Venice Buhain August 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
For those who couldn't watch the game live, MLB posted video of the Felix Hernandez highlights on its website. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=23927477&topic_id=36744512&c_id=sea&tcid=vpp_copy_23927477&v=3
Howard and Barbara Lee August 16, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Randy Johnson was a great talent with an attitude, who was lucky to have played on Mariner teams which were winners. As you know, a pitcher's legacy is built on their win and loss record , so Randy left here a winner. Felix Hernandez is a Cy Young award winner based on his ERA, not wins and losses. Why? Because baseball recognized his talent and didn['t want to penalize him because he played on an offensively impotent baseball team. Now factor in that he has been with the Mariner organization since age 17 (?), knowing all the time that his team would probably never be able to score runs for him, so he could have a Hall of Fame win and loss record. Yet, despite his young age he never gave up nor became a malcontent. Inject Randy Johnson in this same scenario and I doubt that the outcome would be the same. Felix is a wonderful talent who deserved pitching a perfect game today, because if he stays with the Mariner's, his career will be made on his own personal achievements, i.e. ERA and perfect games. Too bad Felix has to turn a team sport into one based on individual performance, but he is truly exciting to watch! Play ball!!
Debbie McDonald August 16, 2012 at 03:44 PM
If the Mariners can re-sign Felix, who will be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season then I think he will become the greatest Mariner pitcher. Both Felix and Randy were show stoppers. Chuck Armstrong and Randy had been fueding for a few seasons, and Chuck let his ego get in the way and traded Randy during the 1998 season. Chuck stated it was a money decision and concerns wit Randy's back problems. After leaving Randy and his bad back went on to win another 4 Cy Youngs, pitch a perfect game, win a World Series including co-MVP of the series and make it into the 300 win club. Here we are 14-years later the Seattle fans are still stuck with Chuck Armstrong and his poor decision making. Both Felix and Randy will be in the Hall of Fame and Mariner fans are lucky to have watched both of them pitch.
Brent Champaco August 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM
You're right about Randy, Howard. He was always kind of, um, not nice. Didn't he have a dust-up with Griffey or something? I think Felix is so much more likable. He wants to be here, and most of us are more than happy to have him here. (Those who think we should trade him for bats are, to put it lightly, insane) Plus, he was a Rainier. He was shopping for jewelry at Fred Meyer. How can you not love a guy like that?
Brent Champaco August 16, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Randy was one of MANY questionable decisions by this front office. Johnson, Tino Martinez, David Ortiz, Adam Jones, etc. It makes me cringe to think about some of the talent we've let go, and more importantly, the players we got in return or acquired. I absolutely think they should resign Felix. He is the face of the franchise and is the only true superstar in Seattle right now. They just need to keep improving the bats around him. We've actually seen some glimpses of what they could be, i.e., Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders. I think if they can splurge a little bit on a big bat (Josh Hamilton, in my dreams), they could really make some noise.


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