Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner at Northwest Motorsport

The Seattle Mariners are a historic sports franchise in the Pacific Northwest, and few other Seattle Mariner players are as notable as Jay Buhner. Northwest Motorsport is proud to have “The Bone” as our spokesmen not only because of his legendary sports career but also because of the positive atmosphere that Jay brings to the company.

Jay Buhner was first drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft. He was with them for only a short time before being traded to the New York Yankees, where he made his major league debut on September 11, 1987. After playing merely seven games that season and an additional twenty-five games the following season, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners mid-season where he would stay the next fourteen seasons until he would retire. While the trade from the New York Yankees is often considered one of the worst in their franchise history, it is considered one of the best for the Seattle Mariners. Buhner hit his stride in 1991, hitting 27 home runs with 77 RBI. On June 23, 1993, in an extra-inning game against Oakland, Jay hit for the cycle. He got the triple late in the 14th inning to complete it, and even scored the winning run. Besides being a powerful hitter he also developed a patience at the plate which allowed him to walk 100 times in two separate seasons, 1993 and 1997, and to post a career On Base Percentage of .359. By the mid-90s he had developed into one of the premier offensive players in the game, hitting 40-plus home runs in three consecutive seasons, 1995, 1996 and 1997, becoming just the tenth player to do so in Major League Baseball. During his career with the Mariners, they hosted a popular promotion, "Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night," where fans could receive free admission if they had a bald head, and free buzz cuts were provided for people who showed up with hair. Buhner, himself, could often be seen giving fans buzz cuts. Jay got his signature nickname “The Bone” due to the song "Bad to the Bone" was played during each of Buhner's home at-bats.

Buhner retired at the end of the 2001 season as one of the most popular players in Mariners history. The Seattle Mariners have not issued his #19 jersey from the time when he retired. Since his retirement Jay still lives in the Pacific Northwest and has remained active in the community as well as with the Seattle Mariners Franchise. Having Jay Buhner join our team at Northwest Motorsport has been a fantastic experience. We enjoy the energy and enthusiasm he brings to us here at Northwest Motorsport and invite you all to come see the great selection of trucks we have here, and who knows maybe Jay will be here while you’re finding your new truck! And if he’s not, just remember: Tell 'em The Bone sent ya!