Today is Thursday, July 30, the 211th day of 2015. There are 154 days left in the year.
On this date:
1979: The Mariners sign outfielder Ivan Calderon as an amateur free agent. Calderon plays for Seattle between 1984 and 1986. He appears in 115 games with the Mariners while batting .263 and hitting 11 home runs, before running afoul of manager Dick Williams and getting shipped off to the White Sox.
1990: Ken Griffey, Jr. records the 50th home run of his career, a grand slam off Roy Smith in the bottom of the second inning. The Seattle Mariners go on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2.
1992: Dave Cochrane makes the final appearance of his major league career. Cochrane singles while pinch-hitting for Jeff Schaefer in the top of the ninth inning in a 6-5 loss to the California Angels.
1996: The Seattle Mariners trade diminutive outfielder Darren Bragg to the Boston Red Sox for left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer. Moyer plays for Seattle between 1996 and 2006. He appears in 324 games with the Mariners and compiles a record of 145-87 with an ERA of 3.97. Moyer goes on to set the franchise record for wins, which he still holds, and is elected to the MLB All-Star game in 2003.
1997: Edwin Hurtado makes the final appearance of his major league career. Hurtado records the loss while pitching two-thirds of inning. He allows a walk-off RBI single to Nomar Garciaparra as the Seattle Mariners lose 7-8 to the Boston Red Sox.
2000: Outfielder Rickey Henderson is unintentionally walked five times in five plate appearances, earning the Mariners' first Yahtzee. This accomplishment has only occurred thirteen times since 1955 - the year that MLB recognized the intentional base on balls as an official statistic. The feat goes unnoticed.
2002: Utility player Mark McLemore records a walk-off hit in the bottom of the tenth inning against the Detroit Tigers. McLemore pinch-hits for catcher Ben Davis and singles against reliever Jeff Farnsworth to score Desi Relaford from third base to secure a 5-4 win.
2004: The Seattle Mariners trade infielder Dave Hansen to the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Jon Huber. Huber plays for Seattle between 2006 and 2007. He appears in 25 games with the Mariners and compiles a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 2.57.
Ten years ago: The Seattle Mariners trade outfielder Randy Winn to the San Francisco Giants for catcher Yorvit Torrealba and right-handed pitching prospect Jesse Foppert. Torrealba plays for Seattle in 2005, appearing in 42 games with the Mariners while batting .241 and hitting two home runs. Foppert, a former blue-chip, never plays with the Mariners major league club but appears in 11 games with Seattle's AAA affiliate in 2005 and 2006.
Four years ago: The Seattle Mariners trade right-handed pitcher Doug Fister and right-handed pitcher David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later, outfielder prospect Francisco Martinez, and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush, and outfielder Casper Wells. The Detroit Tigers send right-handed pitching prospect Chance Ruffin to the Seattle Mariners on August 11, 2011 to complete the trade.
Three years ago: The Seattle Mariners trade right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Eric Thames. Thames plays for Seattle in 2012. He appears in 40 games with the Mariners while batting .220 and hitting six home runs.
Today's Mariners Birthdays: One-time Mariners pitcher Steve Trout is 58. Trout pitched for the Mariners in 1988 and 1989. He appeared in 34 games with Seattle and compiled a record of 8-10 with an ERA of 7.40.