Felix Hernandez obtained an awesome sendoff Thursday night time in what is likely to be his ultimate recreation with the Seattle Mariners after 15 consecutive seasons with the membership.
Hernandez left the sport in the course of the sixth inning in opposition to the Oakland Athletics. He allowed three earned runs and struck out three batters in what was his 15th begin of the season.
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As supervisor Scott Servais took the ball from Hernandez, the fireballer obtained a standing ovation from the followers he dazzled for greater than a decade. Servais informed Hernandez earlier than he left the bump: “You’ll all the time be the king on this city.”
Hernadez’s feelings acquired the higher of him as he acquired again to the dugout.
“I did not need to simply quit 5 runs in 5 innings. I wished to go on the market and do my job and simply give the crew an opportunity to win,” he stated after the sport. “That was a enjoyable night time.”
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Except for Corridor of Famers like Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez, Hernandez has been one of the vital recognizable and notable Mariners to play for the membership. The 2010 American League Cy Younger Award winner and six-time All-Star stated he couldn’t let his feelings get the perfect of him. He nonetheless had a job to do.
“I used to be strolling to the bullpen and my eyes began to [get] moist and I used to be like, ‘Not proper now.’ It is onerous to do it,” he stated. “There have been quite a lot of feelings on the market. I have been right here for 15 years, and there’s a lot of stuff happening.”
Hernandez, 33, celebrated with followers within the “King’s Court docket” cheering part after the sport.
Whereas Hernandez intends to retire from baseball, he stated will rely upon whether or not he will get an appropriate supply.
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“You see me pitch immediately. I believe I can go on the market and compete,” he stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.