The Seattle Mariners will have a new Opening Day starting pitcher for the first time in a decade.  Longtime ace Felix Hernandez was recently informed by manager Scott Servais that there will be a new starting pitcher on Opening Day this season.

27-year-old left-hander Marco Gonzales will be the Mariners Opening Day starter this year.  It ends Hernandez’s streak at 10 in a row.

Hernandez is in the final year of his seven-year, $175 million contract.  He is only the seventh pitcher in major league history to make 10 consecutive Opening Day starts.


“I am disappointed, but I understand [the decision],” Hernandez told ESPN. “I did not have a good year last year, so I understand that part. But only that part. It hurts me because of all the years that I’ve been here, but that’s the way baseball is. This is a business.”

King Felix’s reign is over in Seattle.  He’s not only not starting on Opening Day, he won’t make his first appearance until April 1st. 

It’s a sad day for some in Seattle.  For other’s it’s a passing of the torch that’s probably a little overdue.

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