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.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announcement for the Class of 2014 is tomorrow, and here is information on how to follow along:
The results of the 71st BBWAA Hall of Fame election will be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday, January 8) at 11 a.m. PT. MLB Network will carry the announcement live as Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson delivers the results. The announcement will also be simulcast on MLB.com and at baseballhall.org.
Of course we’ll be following at the headquarters for From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, keeping an eye out for our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.
Here is something we’ve put together on Edgar’s career:
And a cool video from the Hall of Fame with all the players that appeared on the 2013-2014 ballot.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the names for the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot today. More than 600 members will vote on the prestigious honor to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
We are of course biased, but this is also the time of year where we want to share the many honors and accolades of our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2013-2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.
Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers (including Edgar) from the 2013 ballot. Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. . The Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8. You can watch the announcement live at noon PT on an MLB Network simulcast on MLB.com.
Here is some fun material to browse through to support what we think was a Hall of Fame career for Edgar:
We continue to celebrate a week of Edgar Martinez and his candidacy for National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Edgar and his wife Holli, launched The Martinez Foundation, which strives to strengthen our communities by providing under-served populations with educational opportunities.
Edgar is more than just a great hitter, but a great ambassador to our community.
This week, we celebrate a community leader, franchise icon & one of the best hitters of his generation: Edgar Martinez. #EdgarHOF will appear on a lot of tweets, and you may have noticed that the banner on our Twitter and Facebook pages currently pay tribute to Edgar.
There is of course a back story as to why we are doing this, and that is to raise awareness for Edgar’s candidacy for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At the end of the 2004 baseball season, 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 on the 2012-2013 Hall of Fame ballot for the fourth time. Here is an in-depth look at the many statistical accolades Edgar accomplished during his 18-year career with the Mariners, and why believe he is a fit for the Halls of Cooperstown: