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: