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The Bone comes into camp – as a salesman

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:16 am with 3 Comments »
February 26, 2010 11:16 am

Jay Buhner will work with Seattle Mariners outfielders in a few weeks, but today was here to open the door for a Federal Way company trying to break into the bat market.

Jay Buhner

Representing the Baden company and their new ax-handled bat – approved by Major League Baseball – the man known as ‘The Bone’  was soon talking baseball, sharing stories and laughter.

By mid-morning, he was sitting in the golf cart driven by general manager Jack Zduriencik, then joined by good friend Ken Griffey Jr.

Combined, Jay and Junior hit more than 700 home runs as Mariners, and only seemed to have that many teammates on Seattle teams that regularly changed rosters.

The two told stories that had Zduriencik – normally a stoic fellow – laughing out loud down the right field line.

Buhner talked about Bill Plummer accidentally flashng the ‘squeeze’ sign to his third base coach in a bases-loaded, no one out situation – and watching Dave Valle promptly pop up the bunt into a triple play.

And there was the time four of five teammates had to literally hold Buhner on the ground behind the Kingdome dugout because … well … he wanted to kill then-manager Jim Lefebvre.

“I’m glad they did,” Buhner said. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be here today. And neither would Jim.”

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  1. footballscaa says:

    I remember that play. And here I blamed Valle for that. But, I had whole lot of others things to blame on him too. So, I’m OK with that.

  2. joe_simpson_can_hit says:

    The Bill Plummer season was the lowest in club history, imho. And Roto Rooter stories are always good. It doesn’t surprise me that Buhner wanted to kill him.

  3. Jay wasn’t alone in his feelings for Lefebvre, that’s for sure! Jay was just the first one in line. LOL.

    Glad to see him still involved with the M’s !!

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