FAQ

What was the biggest transition when you retired from the Mariners?

After playing for the Mariners for 18 years it was tough not having the competition on a daily basis. That was the most difficult transition and took me about 2 years to adjust.

Do you think you will make the MLB Hall of Fame?

I don’t know. I received 36% of the votes in 2010 which is pretty amazing. I am so grateful to my fans for their ongoing support. I suspect I will have a better idea of what my chances are in the next 3 years.

Do you think you will get into coaching?

Right now I’m enjoying business. However, baseball has always been a love of mine so it’s not out of question.

Who were the toughest pitchers you ever faced, and why?

Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez and anyone else that had a knuckleball.

Who were the pitchers that you owned?

I honestly don’t remember, but am not sure I would say if I did.

What was your favorite ballpark to play in and why?

The old Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was great hitters’ ballpark and the fans were savvy.

Do you keep in touch with your former teammates?

I keep in touch with Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, and Dave Valle.

What were some of the highlights of your career?

I was lucky enough to appear in seven All-Star Games. But my first in 1992 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego is a personal highlight. The playoff games with the Mariners in 1995, 1997 and 2001 are also times that really stand out. In the ALDS of 1995 against the Yankees, I had 2 home runs with ten RBI and hit over .500.

You get a lot of requests for your times as a business man and professional athlete. How do you achieve balance?

I do get requests to speak and also for baseball related activities like signing shows. I only do the ones that are in line with my goals and interests.

You are a hometown favorite for your loyalty to Seattle. What was it about the Pacific Northwest that kept you here for your entire career?

I had a great relationship with the fans and with the Mariners organization. They made me feel at home.

What were your game day preparations?

I used to get up at 7am, have breakfast with my kids and go back to sleep. Then I’d get up at nine and eat again, stretch, swim, work on my day-to-day family stuff, have lunch and head to the stadium at 2:00pm. I’d have a light work out, extra hitting and eat again before our regular practice at 4:30pm, then actually play the game and work out after it. I would get home at 12am.

What do you think made you such a great hitter?

Visualization, setting goals, passion, dedication and a big desire to be the best hitter in the Majors.

When you converted to DH did you miss playing the field?

After ‘95 when I was stamped as a DH I definitely missed playing on the field. It was hard, but our team was good and we had a chance to win.