Buhner in a 1999 advertisement for the Seattle Public Library.
August 13, 1964 |
|September 11, 1987, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 7, 2001, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||964|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jay Campbell Buhner (born August 13, 1964), nicknamed "Bone", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. He was among the most recognizable players of his day, noted for his shaved head, thick goatee, and patch of pine tar on the right hip of his uniform.
- Early career 1
- Later career 2
- See also 3
- References 4
- External links 5
Buhner attended Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas, where he started his baseball career under the coaching of Jim Mallory. He was then drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft and was traded shortly thereafter to the New York Yankees. He made his major league debut on September 11, 1987, appearing in seven games that year. He was traded again the next summer, on July 21, 1988, to the Seattle Mariners along with two career minor leaguers (Rich Balabon and Troy Evers) in exchange for Ken Phelps. This trade is often considered one of the Yankees' worst, and one of the Mariners' best.
The trade was once referenced on the television sitcom Safeco Field when Buhner was inducted into the Mariners' Hall of Fame in 2004. Ironically, the Yankees won the World Series the same year the episode first aired.
Buhner hit his stride in 1991, hitting 27 home runs with 77 RBI. On June 23, 1993, in an extra-inning game against Bad to the Bone" was used as Buhner's at-bat music during home games.
Buhner retired at the end of the 2001 season as one of the most popular players in Mariners history. Although his jersey number, 19, has not been issued since, it has not been officially retired, per the team's policy regarding retired numbers. The Mariners require a player to have spent at least five years with the team and be elected to the Hall of Fame or narrowly miss election after spending his entire career with the team.
Buhner holds the Seattle Mariners career record for strikeouts, with 1375, and has the lowest career stolen base percentage since 1954 (6 stolen bases against 24 times caught stealing for a success rate of 20% (Caught stealing counts are not complete until the 1954 season, when Major League Baseball began maintaining official records).
Buhner now lives in Sammamish, Washington.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Jay Buhner's Official Site