Six-Time MLB All-Star and Cy Young Award Winner Felix Hernandez Joins Baseball United Ownership Group
Former Seattle Mariners pitching star joins Mariano Rivera, Barry Larkin, Adrián Beltré, and Elvis Andrus as co-owner and investor in new Dubai-based professional baseball league
Published Apr 23, 2023
Dubai, UAE (April 23, 2023) - Baseball United, the first-ever professional baseball league focused on the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, announced today that former Seattle Mariners legend, Felix Hernandez, has joined its investment and ownership group. Spending his entire 15-year career in Seattle, Hernandez went to six All-Star games, won a Cy Young award, and is the Mariners career leader in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, ERA, and WAR for pitchers. His 2,524 career strikeouts rank 37th in Major League Baseball history.
Hernandez is also the last Major League Baseball pitcher to throw a perfect game – one of the rarest feats in baseball in which no batters reach base and a pitcher records 27 straight outs within nine-innings. Hernandez became just the 23rd pitcher in history to accomplish this feat on August 15, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in franchise history, “King Felix” will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on August 12, 2023.
“It’s such an honor to add Felix to our ownership team,” said Kash Shaikh, President, CEO and Co-Owner of Baseball United. “Felix is one of the most dominant and successful pitchers of our generation, and an icon in Seattle as well as his home country of Venezuela. On the field, he has done everything from pitching a perfect game, to throwing an immaculate inning, to hitting a grand slam. Off the field, he’s an intelligent entrepreneur with a passion for growing the game. Our team and I look forward to partnering with Felix as we launch our league in Dubai later this year.”
Baseball United begins play with its Dubai Showcase this November, which will feature the league’s first four franchises and several baseball, brand, and government partners. The Middle East and Indian Subcontinent is the epicenter of Bat and Ball sports, with tens of millions of avid baseball fans in search of a professional league within their region. Baseball United is creating that ecosystem behind the strength of the legendary baseball players in its ownership ranks.
“I am very excited and grateful to join the Baseball United family,” said Hernandez. “I believe that the opportunity to grow the game – especially in a part of the world that’s always interested me – represents the next chapter in my baseball journey. I’m inspired by the great work that Kash and the Baseball United team have done, and I’m ready to dive in to help wherever needed.”
About Baseball United
Baseball United is the first-ever professional baseball league focused on the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, beginning play November 2023 in Dubai, UAE. Our mission is to inspire one billion new fans to fall in love with baseball. The ownership group includes award-winning business leaders and inspiring baseball legends, including Mariano Rivera, Barry Larkin, Adrián Beltré, and Felix Hernandez. In addition to our professional league, the Baseball United ecosystem spans youth development, federation partnerships, media and content production, merchandise, and non-profit outreach. With over 30 nationalities represented on our team rosters and a new suite of entertainment-based game changes, Baseball United is working to create a new future for baseball in one of the fastest growing and most culturally rich regions in the world.
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