The Seattle Mariners in the 1990s and early 2000s had a great team, winning three American League West crowns and a Wild Card berth in 2000. They tied a Major League record in 2001 with 116 wins. The Mariners had big names like Ken Griffey, Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Edgar Martinez, and Dan Wilson, But one name in particular I am focusing on and that is Frank Costanza's favorite former Yankee, Jay Buhner.
Buhner started his career with the New York Yankees in 1987 appearing in only seven games. Buhner was traded to the Seattle Mariners in June of 1988 for Ken Phelps. This trade was perhaps the best trade the Mariners ever made and the worst the Yankees pulled off.
Buhner would be one of the cornerstones to the winning seasons in Seattle ahead. Buhner broke out in 1991, hitting 27 homers and driving in 77 runs. However, Buhner struck out 117 times and only hit .244. Striking out would continue to be a problem throughout his career and owns the Mariners record for strikeouts with 1375.
In the mid 90s, Buhner hit 40 home runs in three consecutive seasons and became one of the best offensive players in the game. At the time, he was just the tenth player in history to pull off the feat and the first since 1970.
Buhner was a very popular player in Seattle as well. Every year the mariners would hold a promotion called "Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night", where fans would receive free tickets in the right field stands (Buhner played right field) if they showed up with a bald head. People that night could get free buzz cuts if they chose to and Buhner himself would sometimes give fans buzz cuts.
At the end of the Mariners' record setting season of 2001, Buhner retired. He had only appeared in 19 games that season and just wasn't the same player as he was in the past. Buhner's number 19 hasn't been issued since he retired and he is one of the most popular players to ever put on a Mariners jersey.
Jay Buhner now lives in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Buhner has been trying to sell his house for three years, but no takers yet. He has dropped the price down to a shade under $7 million.
Buhner is also an avid fisherman and has been since childhood. He is often seen fly fishing in and around Puget Sound. He is also an official spokesperson for Northwest Motorsport, a car dealership located in Puyallup, Washington.
All in all, it seems like Buhner is living the good life in retirement. Just spends his free time relaxing and fishing. If only we all can be so lucky.