By Senators Oke, Rossi, Benton, Brown, Carlson, Costa, Deccio, Eide, Fairley, Finkbeiner, Franklin, Fraser, Gardner, Hale, Hargrove, Haugen, Hewitt, Hochstatter, Honeyford, Horn, Jacobsen, Johnson, Kastama, Keiser, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Long, McAuliffe, McCaslin, McDonald, Morton, Parlette, Poulsen, Prentice, Rasmussen, Regala, Roach, Sheahan, Sheldon, B., Sheldon, T., Shin, Snyder, Spanel, Stevens, Swecker, Thibaudeau, West, Winsley, and Zarelli


     WHEREAS, Jay Campbell Buhner was born in 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky, and eventually gave new meaning to the term Louisville slugger; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner grew up in Texas and began his major league baseball career with the New York Yankees, but soon came to call the state of Washington home; and

     WHEREAS, in 1988, the Yankees made one of the worst trades in their history when they dealt Jay Buhner to the Seattle Mariners for Ken Phelps, a trade that eventually became immortalized on ASeinfeld@ reruns; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner, affectionately nicknamed ABone,@ became a fixture in right field and in the heart of the batting lineup for the Mariners for many seasons, wowing fans with his massive home runs and cannon for an arm; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner became a fan favorite throughout the Northwest as a result of his hard-nosed play, determination, desire, guts and courage; not to mention his shaved head; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner gained even more respect and admiration from fans throughout the region for his willingness to give back to the community through charities and other activities; and

     WHEREAS, Buhner Buzz Cut Night became an annual highlight during the baseball season, drawing thousands of fans to get a buzz and then to get into the game for free; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner showed his leadership and sense of team unity during the Mariners= magical 2001 season by traveling with the team on road trips and sitting in the dugout during all the games, despite missing most of the season with an injury; and

     WHEREAS, Jay Buhner ended his career where he began it, hitting a mammoth home run in hallowed Yankee Stadium to help the Mariners beat the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series last fall; and

     WHEREAS, Buhner retired last December, ending his fourteen-year career with 310 home runs, 965 runs batted in, 798 runs scored, 1,273 hits and 1,472 games played, nearly all of them with the Mariners;

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Washington State Senate honor Jay Buhner on his long and wonderful career with the Seattle Mariners and thank him for giving so much back to the team=s fans and to the community.


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8728,

adopted by the Senate January 25, 2002.





Secretary of the Senate