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 hardest working grounds crew in Major League Baseball is taking some time over the holidays to help make the winter a little warmer for those in need.
Bob Christofferson and his team are sponsoring their annual coat drive to collect new and gently used coats to benefit the YWCA homeless and domestic violence support services and the Boys & Girls Clubs.
This is the third year the grounds crew has sponsored the collection. They’re accepting new and lightly worn coats for infants, kids, teens and adult men and women.
The coat drive ends on December 13th. If you’d like to help, bring new or gently used coats to the Third Base Entry at Safeco Field (that’s the ballpark’s main entrance, on the 1st Ave. side, across the street from the Great Floors carpet store). The reception desk is open from 8:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday.
The Washington State University Cougar Baseball team is currently in the Dominican Republic for a five-game International tour. The Cougars got a chance to meet Mariners All-Star closer Fernando Rodney yesterday before their game in Boca Chica. Rodney threw out the ceremonial first pitch and posed for photos with the Cougar Baseball team.
The Cougars will complete their five-game schedule in the DR with an exhibition game vs. a group of Mariners players at the new Dominican Academy.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced tonight the following roster moves:
Added to 40-Man Roster:
- RHP Mayckol Guaipe selected to Major League roster (Michael gwhy-pay)
- C John Hicks selected to Major League roster
- INF Ketel Marte selected to Major League roster (kuh-TELL MAR-tay)
With these transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster is at 39 players.
Guaipe, 24, spent the 2014 season with AA Jackson making 40 relief appearances for the Generals. The right-hander posted a 1-3 record with 12 saves and a 2.89 ERA (18 ER, 56.0 IP). He averaged 9.00 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (56 strikeouts) and posted the lowest WHIP (0.964) amongst Mariners full-season minor leaguers. The native of Barcelona, Venezuela was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Oct. 11, 2006.
Hicks, 25, split the season between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma batting .290 (84×290) with 12 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs and 47 RBI in 81 games. The catcher has thrown out nearly 50% of attempted base-stealers during his four minor league seasons (137 CS, 151 SB), including 38.2% (26 CCS, 42 SB) in 2014. Following the regular season Hicks appeared in 13 games with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League and hit .304 (14×46) with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI. The native of Richmond, Va., was originally selected by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB June Draft out of the University of Virginia.
Marte, 21, hit .304 (159×523) with 79 runs scored, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 4 home runs and 55 RBI in 128 games with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma. Amongst Mariners minor leaguers, the switch hitter ranked 3rd in batting average and hits, and 4th in stolen bases (29). He was named a Southern League All-Star batting .302 (134×443) in 109 games with Jackson before being promoted to Tacoma on Aug. 10. In 19 games as one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, he batted .313 (25×80) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI. The native of Nizao, Dominican Republic was originally signed by the Mariners as a non-drafted international free agent on Aug. 13, 2010.
Refuse To Abuse®, the Mariners long-standing domestic violence prevention program, was recognized today by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence.
The award was created in 2010 to recognize the charitable and philanthropic efforts of MLB Clubs. In singling out the Mariners and Refuse To Abuse, the Commissioner said, “I am very proud of the Seattle Mariners and Mariners Care for taking a leading role in educating fans and other members of their community on the importance of respectful relationships. This is a vital societal issue that impacts the lives of individuals and families in harrowing ways. Having communicated with many experts, we continue to work diligently toward a comprehensive policy that reflects the gravity of domestic violence and how to best serve the interests of victims and their families. The efforts of the Mariners, who encourage fans to take a public stance against domestic violence, are exemplary. I thank the Mariners and all of our Clubs for their year-round efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”
Refuse To Abuse is a statewide educational program in partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. It takes its name from the Refuse to Lose mantra of Mariners fans after the 1995 season. The program was launched in 1997 to promote healthy relationships and take a public stand against domestic violence.
Refuse To Abuse features Mariners players as role models, educating the community about available help and promoting respectful relationships to children and teenagers. Refuse To Abuse includes television, radio and print ads that deliver messages of respect and communicate that there is no excuse for domestic violence. The Mariners also sponsor a 5K run/walk at Safeco Field that raises money for WSCADV’s violence prevention efforts.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today that the club has claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off of waivers from the Miami Marlins.
The Mariners 40-man roster now stands at 36.
Olmos, 24, went 3-3 with 3 saves and a 4.06 ERA in a career-high 51 relief appearances combined between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. He limited opponents to a .248 (71×286) average, while walking 30 and striking out 60 on 77.2 innings. Olmos recently wrapped up his winter league assignment, going 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA (9 ER, 11.0 IP) in 9 games with the Salt Rivers Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.
Olmos made his Major League debut with the Marlins on June 3, 2013 at Philadelphia, allowing only 1 hit in 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. Over 5 appearances with Miami that season, he went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER, 5.0 IP). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the 3rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, California. He currently owns a 15-37 record with a 4.50 ERA (245 ER, 489.2 IP) in 179 games, 71 career starts over 7 seasons in the minor leagues.
A sold-out crowd of over 300 supporters gathered on Saturday Night, Nov. 15 at the Bellevue Hyatt in support of Toys for Kids at their annual dinner and auction.
Toys for Kids, founded by longtime Mariners broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariners player and broadcaster Dave Henderson in 1995, is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to giving homeless, underserved, and ill children Hope and Joy in the holiday season by making sure each child has a toy to open.
“Thanks to our sponsors, including the Mariners, the RBI Club and the 180 Foundation, among others, and to our dedicated volunteers and auction chair Heather Jones, and all of our great supporters here tonight we will be able to assist over 22 agencies and over 8,000 homeless, underserved and hospital bound children this year with new toys,” Rizzs said following the auction.
“It is really a remarkable outpouring of compassion for kids at the holiday season.”
The spirited crowd included former Mariners players Dave Henderson, Dave Valle, Bill Krueger, Matt Sinatro and others, as well as the Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln, President Kevin Mather and General Manager Jack Zduriencik, and a large group of Mariners front office staff. In addition ROOT Sports Brad Adam, who assisted with the silent auction, and a table full of ROOT Sports staff generously participated.
As a part of the dinner program, Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was presented with the 2014 Al “Moose” Clausen Community Service Award. The award is presented to a member of the Seattle Mariners organization (active or retired) who have made significant contributions to the community.
Since becoming a Mariner, Saunders has been involved with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Major League Baseball’s “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. Saunders also spends time during the offseason on the Mariners Caravan talking with elementary school students about education and staying drug-free and visiting children at Boys & Girls Clubs. This year, Saunders joined Felix Hernandez and manager Lloyd McClendon as spokesmen for the Refuse To Abuse® anti-domestic violence public service campaign. The campaign is part of the 17-year partnership between the Mariners and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Saunders was joined at the event by teammate Charlie Furbush and the two pledged to take the winning bidders of the visit to Spring Training to dinner in Arizona, in addition to happily posing for pictures, signing autographs and generously bidding.
It was a great night, but it is not too late to help. If you are interested, there is more information at http://www.rickstoysforkids.org/
The Toys for Kids motto is as simple as it is powerful: We make young people smile. We fill them with joy. We give them hope. We show them love.
Special thanks to Rick Takagi Photography for the great photographs.
The Seattle Mariners signed Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio who completed his physical in Seattle two weeks ago before the deal was finalized. The 25-year-old left-hander left Cuba in July of 2013 and played for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter where he went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER, 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts in six starts.
“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” said Siverio. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”
Siverio played six seasons for Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series from 2007 to 2012 where he posted a 3.24 ERA.
He toured Safeco Field two weeks ago after completing his physical, getting to see the clubhouse, training room, video room and of course the field. He’s excited to join the Mariners and is looking forward to spring training in Peoria.
Siverio will take part in Mariners mini-camp in mid-to-late February.
Here’s a quick video (in Spanish) that the Aguilas de Mexicali put together when Siverio joined the team, answering questions about being in Mexicali, striving to reach the Majors and his repertoire.