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 two years to adjust.
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 three years.
Right now, I’m enjoying business. However, baseball has always been a love of mine, so it’s not out of question.
Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez, and anyone else that had a knuckleball.
I honestly don’t remember but am not sure I would say if I did.
The old Yankee Stadium in New York City. It was great hitters’ ballpark, and the fans were savvy.
I keep in touch with Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, and Dave Valle.
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 two home runs with ten RBI and hit over .500.
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.
I had a great relationship with the fans and with the Mariners organization. They made me feel at home.
I used to get up at 7 am, 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 2:00 pm. I’d have a light workout, extra hitting, and eat again before our regular practice at 4:30 pm; then actually play the game and work out after it. I would get home at 12 am.
Visualization, setting goals, passion, dedication, and a big desire to be the best hitter in the Majors.
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.