Seattle Mariners outfielder/designated hitter Raúl Ibañez is considered one of the most consistent and professional players in Major League Baseball. He is widely respected for his accomplishments on the field as well as his character, leadership and community activities.
In 2013, Ibañez hit 29 home runs, including the 300th of his career, tying him with Ted Williams for most home runs in a season by a player 41 or older.
Over 16 seasons, Ibañez has played for the Mariners (three times), Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees. He was a National League All-Star in 2009 (Philadelphia), a six-time Player of the Week, and a two time Mariners MVP (Baseball Writers Association of America Seattle Chapter, 2006 and 2008).
During his career, Ibañez has received the Major League Baseball Players Association Hearth & Hustle Award three times (2006, 2007 and 2013), and he has four times been the Mariners nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s highest honor for community service (2006 – 2008 and 2013) In 2006, The Sporting News named Ibañez one of the “Good Guys” in sports. In 2011, as a member of the Phillies, he received the Tug McGraw Good Guy Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the BBWAA.
Ibañez’s many community activities include chairing the annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament, supporting Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, which works to make books available to at-risk children throughout the state of Washington, Make-A-Wish®, Boys & Girls Clubs, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Treehouse, Covenant House Pennsylvania and Project H.O.M.E.
Ibañez serves as a spokesman for “Refuse to Abuse,” the Mariners unique partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The campaign raises awareness of violence in intimate relationships through print, radio and TV public service announcements in both English and Spanish.
Raúl and his wife Tery live in Issaquah, Washington, with two sons, Raúl Jr. and Luca, and three daughters, Sophia, Victoria and Carolina.