Mariners fans thrilled to see Griffey in Hall

Mariners fans thrilled to see Griffey in Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The ceremonies were over, the speeches done and the crowds thinned out Monday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But the buzz over Ken Griffey Jr.'s induction? That will linger for some time with baseball fans thrilled to see The Kid taking his place in Cooperstown.

Hundreds of fans lined up at 8 a.m. on Monday at the Hall of Fame museum to be the first in the door to see the newly installed plaques for Griffey and Mike Piazza. And when the two came in two hours later for a personal viewing in the gallery room of the historic facility, those lucky enough to be present at the time surged around and raised iPhones high above their heads in the hope of catching a glimpse or picture of the new inductees.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way

Newly inducted Hall of Famer dons backward hat to close emotional speech

Griffey caps humbling day in own unique way

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame plaque shows a beaming Junior proudly wearing a Mariners cap. But leave it to The Kid to close out his speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday by pulling out a backward cap and flashing his trademark grin.

"I want to thank my family, my friends, the fans, the Reds, White Sox and Mariners for making this kid's dream come true," Griffey told a crowd of 50,000 gathered to see he and Mike Piazza become the 311th and 312th members of baseball's exclusive fraternity.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix hopes for better in 2nd start since return

Felix hopes for better in 2nd start since return

Felix Hernandez takes the mound on Tuesday when the Mariners open a two-game set against the Pirates at PNC Park. It marks Hernandez's second start since missing nearly two months due to a right calf injury.

Hernandez allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out two and walking two in his first start back from the injury last Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey ended his speech by turning his cap backward

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Griffey ended his speech by turning his cap backward

For many baseball fans, Ken Griffey Jr. was culture in the '90s. Far beyond just baseball -- where his swing was performance art -- Griffeythe face of chocolate bars, graced the cover of video games and had his own signature cleat

Of course, there was also the backwards hat. 

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Hall-time great: Griffey joins elite

Inductees praise family, fans on emotional day in front of second-largest Cooperstown crowd

Hall-time great: Griffey joins elite

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- To punctuate close to an hour of combined speeches by this year's pair of inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ken Griffey Jr. turned around his cap to end the Sunday proceedings.

Mike Piazza spoke to his Italian immigrant father, Vince, in his native language, thanking him and Italy for giving him his dad.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners limited to one hit in loss to Jays

Mariners limited to one hit in loss to Jays

TORONTO -- J.A. Happ battled his way through six scoreless innings while Edwin Encarnacion reached another milestone on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays one-hit the Mariners in a 2-0 victory.

Despite walking four batters, hitting one and throwing just 54 of his 103 pitches for strikes, Happ limited his former team to just a third-inning single and set a career high with his 13th victory of the season.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Sunday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

Three generations on hand for Junior's emotional speech

Hall of Family: Griffeys soak up induction

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. has grown up watching his son do special things. But this one, yeah, this one topped them all.

The only father who has ever hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game with his son watched with pride Sunday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Slip costs Miley in otherwise strong start

Mariners left-hander serves up home run to Encarnacion during loss to Jays

Slip costs Miley in otherwise strong start

TORONTO -- Mariners starter Wade Miley made one mistake on Sunday afternoon, and it proved to be the difference in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays.

The 29-year-old slipped on his delivery of an 0-1 fastball to Edwin Encarnacion in the fourth, and the All-Star made Miley pay, putting the ball over the center-field wall to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey Jr. wore an amazing suit to HOF induction

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Griffey Jr. wore an amazing suit to HOF induction

The suits on display at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday were on point. Tom Glavine showed up in a summery pink-and-purple look. Jim Rice matched his tie to his pocket square and his collar. Yet, they all paled in comparison to Ken Griffey Jr. 

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Gutierrez (neck) a late scratch from lineup

Gutierrez (neck) a late scratch from lineup

TORONTO -- Franklin Gutierrez was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in right field, but a neck issue forced Mariners manager Scott Servais to make a late lineup change.

Nelson Cruz, who hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in Saturday's 14-5 thumping of the Blue Jays, moved from designated hitter to right field.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The sights and sounds from the Induction Ceremony

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The sights and sounds from the Induction Ceremony

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, taking their rightful places among baseball's best. And while surely every baseball fan in the world wishes he or she could be in attendance to watch the ceremony in person, some will be watching from home. But if you think you're missing out, we've got you covered.

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Griffey admits he wasn't mad when Trey broke the TV

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Griffey admits he wasn't mad when Trey broke the TV

While Ken Griffey Jr.'s oldest son, Trey, may see his future on the gridiron, there's always a chance that baseball will come calling for him. And no, not just because the Mariners selected him with the 717th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft -- despite not actually playing baseball in college. Rather, it's because of a kind-of scouting report the elder Griffey gave during his Hall of Fame induction speech. 

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Piazza remembered being 'robbed' by Griffey

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Piazza remembered being 'robbed' by Griffey

When Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. were inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, two players with remarkably different starting points ended up in the same hallowed place. While Griffey was the first overall pick with the kind of talent that made his eventual arrival at the podium seem like destiny, Piazza's path was a little different. Drafted in the 62nd round (!) as a favor to his family by Tommy Lasorda (the Draft only goes 40 rounds now), Piazza's chances of even reaching the Major Leagues was slim. 

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Cruz sparks Mariners offense with 7 RBIs in win

Cruz sparks Mariners offense with 7 RBIs in win

TORONTO -- Nelson Cruz brought the big bat on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, slamming a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, and driving in seven to help the Mariners clinch their weekend series with the Blue Jays and earn a 14-5 victory.

Cruz recorded the 20th multi-homer game of his career, belting his ninth career grand slam in the second inning and a smashing a three-run home run for good measure in the eighth inning.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Sights and sounds from Hall of Fame Weekend

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Sights and sounds from Hall of Fame Weekend

Since their impending induction was announced on January 6, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr. and their thousands (millions? billions?) of fans have been counting down the days until Hall of Fame Weekend 2016. Well, guess what?

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Mariners go on Cruz control vs. Blue Jays

Designated hitter homers twice, drives in seven runs

Mariners go on Cruz control vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- With hitting coach Edgar Martinez away in Cooperstown for Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame induction, Nelson Cruz joked the Mariners wanted to show the coach how much he was missed.

Seattle hitters combined to match a season-high 19 hits on Saturday, and Cruz led the way with seven RBIs and a pair of home runs, as the Mariners thumped the Blue Jays 14-5.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffey's induction 'completes circle' for Rizzs

Mariners broadcaster was there for Junior's intro to MLB as teenager

Griffey's induction 'completes circle' for Rizzs

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Mariners radio broadcaster Rick Rizzs was there when Ken Griffey Jr. broke into the Majors as a 19-year-old kid in 1989. He was there when Griffey grew into a superstar and the national face of baseball in the '90s. And he was there when Griffey played out his final games at Safeco Field in 2010 and rode off into the sunset.

So, no, Rizzs wasn't about to miss the crowning moment in Griffey's career. Although the Mariners are playing this weekend in Toronto, the club flew Rizzs to Cooperstown on Saturday morning along with longtime trainer Rick Griffin, former teammate and current hitting coach Edgar Martinez and veteran radio producer and engineer Kevin Cremin.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pipeline preview: Blackburn featured in duel of the day

Pipeline preview: Blackburn featured in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Sunday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Kevin Newman (Pirates' No. 11), Altoona vs. Akron (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marte placed on DL; lefty Rollins recalled

Mariners shortstop suffering from mononucleosis

Marte placed on DL; lefty Rollins recalled

TORONTO -- The Mariners officially placed infielder Ketel Marte on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis and recalled left-hander David Rollins from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday.

Marte is hitting .273 with 17 doubles and 19 RBIs in 74 games this season. The 22-year-old has appeared in just two of the past seven games for the Mariners since the All-Star break due to injuries and illness.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paxton shines as Mariners edge Blue Jays

Paxton shines as Mariners edge Blue Jays

TORONTO -- James Paxton stole the show and had a night to remember at Rogers Centre on Friday, as the left-hander struck out nine Blue Jays and helped the Mariners take the first game of their weekend series, 2-1.

Paxton kept Toronto off balance all night, surrendering just three hits over seven innings. The nine strikeouts were one off a career-high for the 27-year-old southpaw, who helped the Mariners open their eight-game road trip on a high note.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mariners on Friday.

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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Griffey Sr. proud of son before HOF enshrinement

Starting as a teammate in Seattle, now he's 'just being a dad' in Cooperstown

Griffey Sr. proud of son before HOF enshrinement

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ken Griffey Sr. may have paved the way for his son's Major League Baseball career with 19 seasons of his own in the big leagues, but proud papa acknowledges Junior is on his own now as he prepares to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.

The elder Griffey says Junior hasn't asked him for help when it comes to putting together his induction speech for this Sunday's ceremony, or dealing with all the hoopla headed his way.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Balderson discusses drafting Griffey

Mariners selected Hall of Famer first overall in 1987 Draft

Q&A: Balderson discusses drafting Griffey

Dick Balderson had a three-year tenure as the general manager of the Seattle Mariners, and former Mariners president Chuck Armstrong said that during that time, Balderson made the two most significant moves in the franchise's history.

Balderson swung the trade that brought Jay Buhner to the Mariners from the Yankees for Ken Phelps on July 21, 1988, days before he was fired by then owner George Argyros. Just a year earlier, Balderson was behind the Seattle's selection of Ken Griffey Jr., with the first pick of the 1987 Draft.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Twister: Paxton spins big-time curveball, K's 9

British Columbia native relishes 'special' win in front of Canadian crowd

Twister: Paxton spins big-time curveball, K's 9

TORONTO -- James Paxton spent time between his starts with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre tweaking the delivery of his curveball. The adjustments paid off Friday, as the left-hander kept the Blue Jays' potent offense in check over seven innings in Seattle's 2-1 win.

Paxton struck out nine while allowing one earned run on three hits to avoid a third straight loss.

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Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vogelbach among top prospect performers Friday

Mariners slugger makes immediate impact with new team; top Twins prospect fires eight strong

Vogelbach among top prospect performers Friday

Dan Vogelbach sure knows how to make an introduction. Playing in his first game with Triple-A Tacoma since being traded from the Cubs to the Mariners on Wednesday, Seattle's new No. 15 prospect went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

The 23-year-old wasted no time showing off his power stroke, hitting his 17th homer of the season in his first at-bat with Tacoma. After hitting that solo blast to right field in the second inning, Vogelbach followed up with an RBI double to left in the third.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peers share tales from Griffey's HOF career

Current, former players fond of Junior's contributions to game

Peers share tales from Griffey's HOF career

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- There is a reason Ken Griffey Jr. was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the highest percentage of votes in the history of the Hall. Griffey played 13 seasons in Seattle and nine in Cincinnati, as well as a couple months with the White Sox, but his popularity far transcended those cities, as an entire generation of fans and players grew up watching and emulating "The Kid."

With help from MLB.com writers around the league, here's a sampling of the impact of Griffey as he prepares for Sunday's induction, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 10:30 a.m. PT, with coverage beginning at 8 a.m.:

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mariners recall Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma

Mariners recall Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma

The Mariners recalled infielder Luis Sardinas from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday in advance of this weekend's series in Toronto.

Sardinas, 23, has hit .190 with two home runs and five RBIs in 25 games during two stints with Seattle this season, appearing at all four infield positions and once in left field.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reynolds knew Griffey was special from start

Reynolds knew Griffey was special from start

SEATTLE -- Harold Reynolds remembers the first time he saw Ken Griffey Jr. as a 17-year-old kid, taking batting practice with the Mariners in the Kingdome after being selected as the first pick in the 1987 MLB Draft.

Reynolds, now a lead analyst for MLB Network, was a 26-year-old second baseman at the time for the Mariners, fully established as a big league ballplayer and fresh off his first All-Star Game for Seattle. But he knew this kid, The Kid, was something different.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.