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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:
We announced this news earlier this week, but wanted to give our fans at From the Corner of Edgar & Dave a more detailed look at a new addition to Safeco Field. A new restaurant and lounge down the left field line named for Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez will be added for the 2013 season and will be called Edgar’s.
The restaurant is a remodel of an existing space, until now known as the Cantina, located under seating sections 151-152 (down the left field line behind the hand operated scoreboard). The scoreboard is being relocated to a new façade about mid-way up the seating sections. That makes it possible to open up the roof of the restaurant, directly underneath. The remaining seats in the two sections will be removed (384 seats to be exact) and the space will be brought up level to the Main Concourse to create an 11,000 square foot stand-up lounge. Both spaces will be known as Edgar’s.
Mariners season ticket account managers are working one-on-one with season ticket holders who will be displaced by the changes. They’re being relocated to other seating areas.
The restaurant will still serve the popular Tortuga sandwiches as well as Edgar’s line of artisanal mezcal known as Zac. The new lounge will have a south-of-the-border menu developed by noted Seattle restaurateur and Chef Ethan Stowell. It will feature what’s being dubbed Northwest Mex – classic tacos like carne asada and carnitas made with locally sourced ingredients.
Edgar will make occasional appearance at the ballpark next season.
Edgar’s restaurant and lounge are part of an estimated $15 million maintenance and capital improvement plan for Safeco Field to be completed before the 2013 season starts. In addition to the outfield wall modifications, restaurant and lounge, a new LED high-definition scoreboard is being installed at Safeco Field. All improvements are scheduled to be completed in time for Opening Day on April 8 vs. the Houston Astros. Since the ballpark opened in 1999, the Mariners have invested over $80 million in Safeco Field maintenance, capital improvements and operations.
Mariners legend Edgar Martinez will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday’s game against the Dodgers. It’s part of the continuation of the team’s 35th Anniversary celebration.
Edgar was already planning to be at the ballpark for a fundraiser for his foundation, The Martinez Foundation. A portion of the cost of each ticket purchased through an exclusive online offer benefits the Foundation.
Felix Hernandez got into the act purchasing 100 tickets through the special offer that he donated to the South Park Community Center. This is the third year Felix has helped The Martinez Foundation and donated the tickets to benefit local children.
The Martinez Foundation was created by Edgar and Holli in 2008 to provide teaching scholarships and support programs to future teachers of color in Washington State. The Martinez Foundation’s mission is to prepare and support diverse and highly-qualified teachers who will raise expectations, accelerate learning and close the achievement gap.
If you’d like to learn more about the good work Edgar and Holli are doing through The Martinez Foundation log onto www.themartinezfoundation.org.