Hello, my name is: Nathan Karns, Mariners starting pitcher

Mar 25, 2016, 4:38 PM | Updated: 4:38 pm
Mariners pitcher Nathan Karns is known for his rendition of “Friends in Low Places” at ...
Mariners pitcher Nathan Karns is known for his rendition of "Friends in Low Places" at karaoke. (AP)

We’re introducing some of the Mariners’ offseason additions during spring training. Here’s a personal look at Nathan Karns.

Position: Starting right-handed pitcher

Height/weight/age: 6-3/225/28

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

How acquired: Via trade along with two minor-leaguers from Tampa Bay for Brad Miller, Danny Farquhar and Logan Morrison.

Favorite cartoon growing up: “X-Men,” though he liked just about everything of the superhero genre. “The X-Men, Superman, Batman, I couldn’t get enough of it. The superhero, comic book type of cartoons, that’s what I was into.”

What superhero power I would want: “I would love to just be able to take off and fly.”

Go-to karaoke song: “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. “That’s the only song I really know how to sing through the whole way.”

Favorite band or artist: “Growing up, for rap I kinda liked listening to Eminem. For the rock and all that, my dad always played AC/DC when I was little so it kinda rubbed off on me. Believe it or not, I was kind of into Smash Mouth – “Hey now, you’re an all-star” – but that was like sixth grade, so I’m really tapping into some early ages. Now I’m really into country. I love George Strait, Kenny Chesney, a lot of the newer guys, Jason Aldean. So, I mean, I’m a wide range.”

Favorite home-cooked dish his wife makes: Trifle, though he’s unaware that’s the name of the treat. “My wife makes this simple dessert, it’s kind of like a white cake with vanilla pudding and strawberry, bananas and then whipped cream on top of it. I don’t even know what it’s called but it is my go-to dish. I beg her to make it a lot. She also does a really good salmon.”

What he’d be if he wasn’t a baseball player: Something related to engineering. “I’m big into (the TV show) ‘Gold Rush’ right now. I love seeing how those guys go up there into Alaska. It sounds like they’re just mining, but there’s a lot of engineering involved into it. That kinda draws me. Something that you have to figure out a plan and you have different stages of execution for it to all come together.”

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Hello, my name is: Nathan Karns, Mariners starting pitcher