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Mariners to induct Felix Hernandez into team Hall of Fame

MLB: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners

Oct 15, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Former Seattle Mariners player Felix Hernandez gestures to the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game against the Houston Astros in game three of the ALDS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners will induct Felix Hernandez into the team’s Hall of Fame during the 2023 season.

Hernandez, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in franchise history, will be the 11th inductee for the club. The ceremony will be held Aug. 12 during a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.

Hernandez pitched parts of 15 seasons with the Mariners after debuting as a 19-year-old during the 2005 campaign. He was a six-time All-Star, won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award and twice finished second in Cy Young voting.

Hernandez went 169-136 with a 3.42 ERA but he played on several terrible teams and should have ended his career with better numbers. Hernandez threw the last perfect game in baseball on Aug. 15, 2012, against Tampa Bay and for many seasons was the main draw on an underachieving franchise.

Hernandez started 418 of the 419 games he pitched for Seattle, but never got the opportunity to pitch in the postseason.

He had a rocky departure from the team after the 2019 season but seemed to reconcile any hard feelings and returned to throw out the first pitch before Game 3 of the ALDS against Houston last October.

“Fans were captivated by Felix from his first start in 2005 until his final pitch in 2019 with every game of his career in a Mariner uniform,” Mariners chairman John Stanton said in a statement.