2011 MLB All-Star Game: Where Are These Former Mariners Stars Now?
As we forge through the final week before the All-Star break, I was thinking about some former Mariners All-Stars.
We all know about guys like Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martinez and Randy Johnson. Some of the great players in franchise history are either still playing or are recently retired.
What about guys from the late 70's and 80's, though? The guys that were lone Mariner representatives, perhaps looked at as obligatory picks? What ever happened to them?
Some have hung around the game and some have departed it all together. Here's a look at five former Mariners All-Stars and what they're doing now.
The first All-Star in Mariners history, Ruppert Jones was snagged from the Kansas City Royals the previous off-season as part of the expansion draft.
In that 1977 season, Jones hit 24 homers as an outfielder.
After three seasons in Seattle, Jones bounced around to four other major league teams teams and finished his career with Japan's Hanshin Tigers in 1988.
Fast forward a couple decades and Jones works for The Boon Group, where he's a business development manager.
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The year I was brought to this earth, 1980, pitcher Rick Honeycutt was the Mariners lone All-Star representative.
That would be Honeycutt's final season as a Mariner, having been acquired in August of the team's inaugural season in a trade with the Pirates. He'd play for five more teams until calling it a career after the 1997 season.
These days he juggles his sporting goods business and also serves as Don Mattingly's pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He's now with his third manager with the Dodgers. He started as part of Grady Little's staff, was retained by Joe Torre and subsequently retained by Mattingly.
Phil Bradley played for eight seasons for the Mariners and was an All-Star in 1985 when he hit a career high 26 dingers. He's also remembered as the 20th Mariner to strike out against Roger Clemens in a record-setting game in 1986.
What's he doing now? He's a volunteer assistant coach on the diamond for his alma mater Missouri. Although, not in baseball but women's softball.
According to his bio, Bradley serves as the hitting coach and works with the outfielders.
He's not completely out of baseball, though. He also serves as a special assistant to Michael Weiner, executive director for the MLB Players Association.
Jeffery Leonard may best be known for his "one flap down" method of trotting the bases after hitting a home run, where one arm laid motionless at his side.
Leonard was the lone Mariner in the 1989 All-Star Game as a DH. He went 0-1 in the game, striking out in his only at bat.
After leaving baseball following the 1990 season, Leonard coached for the Antelope Valley College baseball team, north of Los Angeles, California, from 2002-2005.
These days, he's retired and living in California.
Bruce Bochte often gets mistaken for Bruce Bochy, but I'm here to tell you that they are indeed different people.
Bochte played five season with the Mariners (Bochy played 0) as mostly a first baseman but did see time in both left and center, which just doesn't sound right.
He was an All-Star in his second season with the M's, 1979. That game was hosted at the Kingdome, and Bochte drove in a run with a single off Gaylord Perry.
In 1983, Bochte protested the entire season due to rising salaries for players. Ah, the good old days when baseball players didn't do it for the money. He returned the next season and spent three years with Oakland before hanging it up.
Since leaving the game, Bochte turned down the Mariners invite to take part in the 2001 All-Star Game at Safeco Field, has completely distanced himself from baseball and has worked at the Center for the Story of the Universe since 1990 and is currently its executive director.