Jay Buhner

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Jay Campbell Buhner (Bone)

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Biographical Information[edit]

After retiring as a player, Jay Buhner was a broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners from 2003 to 2006. He is currently a roving instructor for the Mariners minor league system.

In 1984, Buhner led the New York-Penn League in RBI with 58. He also batted .323 with 9 home runs that year. He suffered a broken arm in spring training in 1986 and only played 36 games that year. In 1987, though, he led the International League with 31 home runs. He also hit .279 with 85 RBI and 83 runs that year.

On June 11, 1988 against the Baltimore Orioles, he hit a grand slam, collecting 5 RBI in total. In 1989, he missed a month because of sprained wrist ligaments. He finished 2nd in the American League with 14 outfield assists in 1992. He hit for the cycle on June 23, 1993 in a 14-inning victory over the Oakland Athletics. On September 21, 1996, he became the seventh player to hit a home run into the upper deck in left field at the Kingdome. The following night, Mark McGwire did it twice in the same inning, the second being a grand slam.

His brother Shawn played minor league ball as a DH/first baseman.

Buhner Buzz Cut Night[edit]

Between 1994 and 1999 and in 2001, the M's sponsored "Buhner Buzz-cut Night". Fans who shaved their heads or were already bald would receive free admission and a t-shirt proclaiming "Take me out to the Bald Game" or "Bald is Buhnerful". Buhner would often shave a few heads himself.

According to this site, 23,302 free admissions were given, including 298 women.

"How could you trade Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps", Mr Costanza to Mr Steinbrenner - Seinfeld

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • AL All-Star (1996)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1996)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 8 (1991-1997 & 2000)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1995-1997)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1995-1997)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1995-1997)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1996 & 1997)

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