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Dave Niehaus, Baseball Hall of Fame
Well, the first Mariner will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dave Niehaus though, not a player.

Frankly, I like the style of some of the broadcasters from other teams more than I do Niehaus. His over-the-top delivery kind of grates on me. But he was the first of an era to do that, and it seems like most teams are hiring broadcasters like him now.

My bet is on Randy Johnson to be the first player with significant Mariner experience to go into the Hall of Fame. Gaylord Perry just doesn't really count as a Mariner.
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stryper666 From: stryper666 Date: February 20th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
"Gaylord Perry just doesn't really count as a Mariner."

Correct. He broke a major record while in Seattle (I believe it was most strikouts - I'd have to look it up). However, it was at the end of his career. Seattle seems to be notorious with grabbing people way past their prime. The Hawks have had both Jerry Rice and Franco Harris (they also had Warren Moon, but he actually did pretty well with them for a while). The Sonics grabbed Patrick Ewing to be more or less a "mentor" for younger players.

As for Dave's style - eh, I always liked it. Maybe it was because I was a kid growing up with him and enjoyed how enthusiastic he seemed. I mean, he's never been any more over the top then, say, Harry Carrey. Plus, anything's better than Ron Fairly...
gkr From: gkr Date: February 20th, 2008 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ron Fairly is bad.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: February 20th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you are dead on about Randy Johnson. And yeah, whether or not you like his style, Dave Niehaus was certainly the first of an era, and I think it is cool they recognized that.

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