Mike Blowers

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Mike Blowers
Third baseman
Born: (1965-04-24) April 24, 1965 (age 47)
Würzburg, West Germany
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 1989 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average    .257
Home runs    78
Runs batted in    365
Teams
 
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Mike Blowers
Third baseman
Born: (1965-04-24) April 24, 1965 (age 47)
Würzburg, West Germany
Batted: RightThrew: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 1989 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1999 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
Batting average    .257
Home runs    78
Runs batted in    365
Teams

Michael Roy Blowers (play /ˈbl.ərz/; born April 24, 1965 in Würzburg, West Germany) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and first baseman. He is an alumnus of Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington, Tacoma Community College and the University of Washington, where he played college baseball for the Huskies in 1986.[1][2] He was inducted into the Tacoma Community College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mike Blowers also owns and manages Beach Wood Homes LLC of Fife, Washington, Keymark Real Estate of Puyallup, WA, and an assortment of other companies registered in Washington State.

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Professional career

Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1986 Major League Baseball Draft, Blowers made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Yankees on September 1, 1989, and his last game was on October 3, 1999. His career batting average is .257 with a .955 fielding percentage. Blowers shares two major league records. He was the 13th player to hit grand slams in consecutive games which he did on May 16 and 17, 1993 as a Mariner, and he equaled an American League record by committing four errors in one game at third base as a Yankee in 1990. Blowers also hit for the cycle on May 18, 1998 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

He is tied with Edgar Martínez for the most RBI (runs batted in) in one month by a Mariner, with 33 in August 1995.

Broadcasting career

Since 2007, he has been a Seattle Mariners TV and radio commentator. He worked along side the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus and continues to work with Dave Sims as the color commentator on Root Sports.

Prediction of Tuiasosopo's first career home run

During the pre-game broadcast of a September 27, 2009, game between the Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays, Blowers predicted Matt Tuiasosopo's first career home run. What started as simply selecting a possible notable player for the day's game became an extended humorous rant by Blowers. In the course of pre-game banter, he stated that the home run would come in Tuiasosopo's second at bat, on a 3-1 count fastball, and that the ball would land in the second deck in left center field. This then happened - with correct prediction of player, at-bat, count, pitch and general landing area - in the top of the 5th inning.

Blowers was on the television side of the broadcast when the prediction came true, and was simply laughing, with no explanation to the TV audience. Radio announcers Rick Rizzs and Dave Niehaus, however, recalled the prediction, restated it for the audience, and were beside themselves in laughter and disbelief as the prediction came true. Said Niehaus on-air, seconds before the event, "I've never been so excited on a 3-1 count in my life!".

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