At the end of the 2004 baseball season, Edgar Martinez announced his retirement after 18 years in the Major Leagues, all with one team – the Seattle Mariners. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is once again on the 2014-2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot, his sixth time to appear on the ballot. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012, 35.9 in 2013 and 25.2 last year.
Edgar became the Mariners regular third baseman in 1990 at the age of 27. In his first three seasons, he proved to be a good defensive third baseman and was the 1992 AL batting champion, the first of his two league batting titles. Injuries limited him in 1993 and 1994, and manager Lou Piniella moved him to designated hitter in 1995, the position he primarily played the rest of his career.
Edgar was very simply one of the top all-around hitters of his era as well as in baseball history. He combined power (best exemplified by his slugging percentage) with the ability to reach base safely (among the best in on-base percentage), both at rates that rank high on the all-time lists of Hall of Fame hitters. From 1990 (when he became a regular) and his retirement in 2004, the Mariners posted a .512 winning percentage, and were one of just 11 MLB teams to win more than 1,200 games. The franchise had never had a winning season (1977-1989) prior to his arrival, and has had just two .500 or better seasons since he retired.
Edgar’s skills on the field were only outshone by his character off the field. In addition to being beloved by teammates and respected by opponents, Edgar was (and is) an important benefactor to his community. He moved to Seattle when he joined the Mariners and never left. Following the 2004 season he was recognized with the Roberto Clemente Award, and in 2007 he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He, and his wife, continue to give generously to the greater Seattle community through The Martinez Foundation. The foundation is primarily focused on helping to provide resources and encouragement to highly-qualified young teachers and student-teachers of color to help provide underserved populations with educational opportunities.
The Mariners organization is proud to provide for your consideration the information below which is intended to present Edgar’s outstanding career accomplishments and put them into historical perspective.