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Felix Hernandez: “I’m not going anywhere … I promise”

Aug 21, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Everyone wants to put Felix Hernandez in pinstripes, but Felix Hernandez was on KJR in Seattle this morning and he said that M’s fans shouldn’t worry a thing about it. When asked about his next contract, Hernandez said:

“… you guys [will] be happy, “I’m not going nowhere  … I promise.”

That part comes around the 6 minute mark.  For what it’s worth, promises made on talk radio regarding a negotiation that won’t take place for two years is not legally binding.

  1. steveflack - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    “Do I want to be in St. Louis forever? Of course. People from other teams want to play in St. Louis and they’re jealous that we’re in St. Louis because the fans are unbelievable. So why would you want to leave a place like St. Louis to go somewhere else and make $3 or $4 more million a year? It’s not about the money. I already got my money. It’s about winning and that’s it.” – Albert Pujols.

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      If the Cardinals had offered Pujols a competitive contract before a free agent, he might still be in St. Louis. For better or worse, the Cardinals didn’t really want to pay Pujols the market rate for a new long-term contract, but fans apparently want to keep blaming Pujols.

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Maybe because he is a millionaire regardless??

      • Detroit Michael - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        It’s millionaires against billionaires, but when they can’t come to an agreement, fans want to blame the millionaires.

        http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2001/05/07/story2.html?page=all
        A decade ago, the Cardinals’ owners’ net worth was estimated at $4 billion.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Under typical circumstances…I would agree with your whole competitive contract before free agency thing. Just as a rule…I would agree it is good policy.
        However, this situation was far different.
        Reason being…this quote (along with several similar quotes) came from the player himself…
        “Do I want to be in St. Louis forever? Of course. People from other teams want to play in St. Louis and they’re jealous that we’re in St. Louis because the fans are unbelievable. So why would you want to leave a place like St. Louis to go somewhere else and make $3 or $4 more million a year? It’s not about the money. I already got my money. It’s about winning and that’s it.”

  2. sportsdrenched - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Like anything in life. You can say whatever you want, but it’s your actions that tell everyone what is in your heart.

    So, pardon me if I’m skeptical till he signs a long term deal in Seattle.

    • baseballisboring - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      For sure. I mean, I think he’s being honest when he says that. It’s just that a lot can change in 2+ years.

      I mean, the Mariners aren’t exactly the Yankees, but they’re not the Rays either. They can afford to pay him…not as much as a few other teams would be willing to be if he hits free agency, but clearly he loves playing there. I think they can get close enough that he’ll resign…I’m strangely optimistic about this one, but we’ve all been disappointed before.

      • nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:29 AM

        The Mariners are more like the Rays in that they are building a team on home grown and young talent, rather than buying overpriced mega stars. But yes, they will be able to afford to give Felix the contract he deserves. And may surprise everyone by fielding a team that supports him.

  3. banksatdixie - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    $180 million says he is bluffing…

  4. thatyankeedude - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Did he already sign with the Yankees when he said that?

  5. lazlosother - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Only the NY media, Yanks, and their fans want to see him in NY. Everyone else would feel sick. People in Seattle would become homicidal. At ay rate he’s not going anywhere soon, and there are a number of teams that could throw money at him when he’s a FA, including Seattle. Don’t rule out an extension, it would surprise me if the Mariners didn’t try and I think Felix would truly like to stay there.

    Everyone thought Lee would be in NY and that didn’t work out.

    • anxovies - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Shouldn’t it read, “People in Seattle would become suicidal”? Considering that the suicide rate in King County is over 10 per 100,000, it would seem more appropriate.

  6. El Bravo - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I see a double-negative!!!! Uh oh Seattle!!!!

    • El Bravo - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      To elaborate: If he is “not going nowhere”, then he must be going somewhere, in fact, it could be anywhere. Furthermore, there’s even a chance that he’s going everywhere. The only place he is assuredly NOT going, is where “where” does not exist. He promises.

  7. poprox13 - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    “There’s no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they’re going to come after me hard. It’s definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It’s not what I need.”

    – Johnny Damon

  8. Transparent Speaker - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Transparent Speaker.

    • dondada10 - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      These posts always get killed, but I’m not 100% sure the O.P. is even aware he/she has posted in the comments section. I think wordpress inserts the comment when a user “reblogs” a post.

  9. spudatx - Aug 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Is Felix trying to setup the Mariners to give him a low-ball, hometown discount contract so he doesn’t look like such a bad guy when he goes to sign with another team? Me thinks… yes.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Interesting take on it Spud. Seems this very thing may or may not have happened over the winter. You know…where a quoted a couple of years ago (and a few more recent times as well) a guy was quoted as staying he wants to stay where he was…he’s happy…he made his money…

  10. vallewho - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    That’s the kiss of death.

    It’s always about the money!

  11. xmatt0926x - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Has Felix asked Seattle if they want to pay his next inevitable monster contract? Felix might be getting a call in the middle of the night from Mariners management….”you know Felix, New York really has a lot to offer.Hank Steinbrenner works there!!. Oh yeah. They can also actually give you that $180 million you’ll be asking for”.

  12. randygnyc - Aug 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Sure Felix, you can choose to stay in Seattle or you can go to NY and have a shot at a ring every year. When everything else is equal, winning makes the difference.

    • Reflex - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Perhaps he believes the M’s are on the rise. Plenty of reason to believe that too, and the rest of their division is aging.

      That said, I’ve only taken a job for the money one time, and I regretted it. I’m very content earning less to have a work situation I actually enjoy.

      Not that he’ll really have to make that choice. The M’s can indeed afford him, he just needs to tell them his terms.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        That said, I’ve only taken a job for the money one time, and I regretted it. I’m very content earning less to have a work situation I actually enjoy.

        But how much more $ were we talking about (please don’t answer, it’s a bit rhetorical). What if Sea can [only] offer 5/$100M like Dave Cameron mentioned in his chat today, and the Yanks offer something like 6/$150? If they offer him 5/$110, that’s not much of a difference but if they offer 50% more $ he’d have to consider it, right?

      • Reflex - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        The problem with that analysis is that the M’s can actually afford 6/150, and would be idiots not to give it to him, assuming Felix continues on the path he is on. They can afford more than that. Over the past two seasons they have let a ton of money drop off the books, and they formerly were in the top third of the league in payroll for nearly a decade. The M’s are not spending money just for the sake of spending money. That is a good thing. It also means that they will be able to sustain a high payroll when it makes sense to do so. This is also a good thing.

        I was very happy that Jack has turned down Jason Bay and Prince Fielder since he took over. It made it clear that he was not going to spend money in order to look like he’s trying rather than because it actually makes the team better.

    • Kevin Gillman - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      When was the last championship the Yankees won again? I forgot.

      • hughhoney2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Short term memory loss Mr. Gillman? pretty sure the Yankees won championship #27 in ’09. wasnt too long ago sir

        orca- hows Derek Jeter perfoming this year on that last leg of his? pretty friggin impressive what he’s doin this year

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        Okay, so 1 championship in the last decade, then right? So the Yankees can spend all of that money, but at the end of the day if they can’t win a championship, it means nothing. I just want to humble you a bit there, because you know I am right. Have a nice day. :)

      • hughhoney2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Humble me? ok…YOU GOT ME…Zing

        It seemed you forgot when the Yankees won their last championship right? I simply provided you with an accurate answer, did I not?

        You clowns with your “spend so much money, no results”..get a new take, become a real fan of someone. Its really weak. Yanks make money, they spend money. Thats how you keep your fans happy. How much have the Mariners spent to never even play for a championship? errrmm “have a nice day”

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        hugh, you DO know I was being sarcastic about asking when the last time the Yankees won anything, right? I wasn’t being sincere in that, but I was making a point, and that point is the Yankees don’t rule the baseball world. No team is afraid of them anymore, because they can’t win. Sure, you talk about 27 championships, but 1 in last 11 years just speaks volumes that they do not, or can’t win. So yes, spending that money is useless if they can’t win the whole thing.

        In other words, they can play great in the regular season, but choke when it counts the most. They are the “Lebron James” of baseball. You know, 1 WS in 10 years, and choke the rest of the 9 seasons.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        Sure, you talk about 27 championships, but 1 in last 11 years just speaks volumes that they do not, or can’t win. So yes, spending that money is useless if they can’t win the whole thing.

        It speaks volumes that you are having fun with arbitrary endpoints. Why stop at 11 years, is that because in 12 the Yanks would have two championships? Why not 15 years (4)?

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        I respect your views on this, but there was a time not so long ago that the Yankees and Indians were battling for last place in the 1980′s. And really, it’s not the Yankee fans I detest, but rather the morons that work for the media, that believe no other team in the world existst except the Yankees. I would hope that would humble them, because it can happen again at any moment. Look at the obscene amount of money the Cubs had spent, and yet there they are. I personally would love to see what Cashman can do in say Kansas City, where the owner doesn’t spend at any cost, and see what he can do.

      • hughhoney2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        Wait a damn second Kevin, you’re telling me that first comment was sarcasm?!! I had no friggin clue, my apologies.

        Someone get the sniff n salts to this guy please! Yanks have made the post season 16 out of the last 17 years. Going to 7 WS and winning 5 of those. In what fantasy land do you consider that “choking”?? Last time I checked there are 29 other ball clubs comprised with the best baseball talent from around the world. I’d say thats a pretty good tract record of success. Spending money or not your argument holds no water.

        Also Lebron wants to show you the Larry O’Brien Trophy he just won a few months ago(pains me to say that btw)…..but again terrible point on your part

      • Kevin Gillman - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        The point I am trying to make here, is any team that spends that amount of money, and doesn’t at least go to the WS would say it’s a failure. Derek Jeter has said that, and so has George (God rest his soul). The last time they were in the WS was in 2009, correct? And the time before that was 2004? Don’t get me wrong, that is still success, but what gets me is the New York media that believe all of the other teams are just farm systems for the Yankees. It doesn’t always work that way. Cliff Lee spurned the Yankees, and I hope Felix does too. I am not even a Mariners fan too, I am a Cleveland fan, so I apologize for that Lebron comment. But the point is as talented as the Yankees have year in and year out, they should never be one and done, yet they are, especially lately.

    • nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      And the Yankees have exactly how many players under 35 and not on their last legs? The youngsters they keep don’t seem to work out that well, and they’re giving away a lot lately.

      • anxovies - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        Not so in the post-Boss era. The Yanks seem committed to their farm system, especially since the salary cap limits their ability to sign free agents.

  13. thatyankeedude - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Come win a ring for us Felix we will give u the money u deserve vs. hey try to put up with a below avg team and we will try to make u a halfway decent offer. Very tempting offers from both right?

    • nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      If the Yanks don’t get a ring this year (and odds are they won’t), they won’t get one for a long time.

  14. IdahoMariner - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    From friday’s seattle times:

    An excited-sounding Felix Hernandez reached into his locker and pulled out the piece of paper.

    On it was a “proclamation” signed by King County executive Dow Constantine. It declared that on Friday, King County would be known as “King Felix County” in honor of Hernandez’s perfect game Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    “This is unbelievable, huh?” Hernandez said. “That’s crazy. I love it, man, love it!

    “See? I’m part of Seattle. I can’t go anywhere.”

  15. nworca - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    And tonight, the first start by Felix since the perfecto, the Ms had a sort of Felix appreciation night. Nearly 40K fans showed up on a Tuesday night, when the Ms have been averaging 12-14K on Tuesdays.

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