The Mariners will wear a patch on their right sleeves this season to honor longtime broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who died in December.
A patch on the Mariners’ right sleeves will show where the franchise’s heart is this season.
That patch is a black oval with “DAVE, My Oh My!” stitched in white, along with the image of an old-time microphone.
The memorial patches will be available at Mariners team stores, for $10, beginning April 8, the day of the Mariners’ home opener. Proceeds will benefit the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.
Niehaus joined the expansion Mariners in 1977, calling the first pitch in franchise history, and was presented the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence during the Hall of Fame inductions in 2008. He died in November of a heart attack.
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“It’s going to be different,” said Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims. “Many a legend have passed on, and many a legend will pass on. Certainly the void here at this point has really been significant. You miss his presence, you miss his laugh, you miss his laughter and all his jokes.
“It will probably really hit home when we head home to Seattle for that first home game.”
Sims and Mike Blowers return to the Mariners booth this year, but work almost exclusively for the television broadcast.
Rick Rizzs, who worked as Niehaus’ partner for 25 years, will be the primary radio play-by-play announcer, with a rotating cast of at least five different announcers joining Rizzs on the radio call: Ken Wilson, Ron Fairly, Ken Levine, Dan Wilson and Dave Valle.
A special tribute to Niehaus will precede the Mariners’ home opener.
“We’re going to pay tribute, but this isn’t going to be a maudlin exercise,” Sims said. “There’s a baseball season to call and we move forward. And that’s all you can do.”