Baseball isn’t normally something we cover here on the Cascadia Advocate, but we’d be remiss not to congratulate Mariners legend Edgar Martinez on being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after ten years of patiently waiting for the call.
Edgar is unquestionably the greatest player ever to wear the Mariners uniform. One of the most elite hitters in the history of baseball, he holds many club records.
Edgar received 85.4% of the vote (three hundred and sixty three votes total) in his final year of ballot eligibility, after narrowly missing out last year. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
“Martínez, for whom the Designated Hitter Award has been named since 2004, won batting titles in 1992 and 1995 with the Seattle Mariners, his only club over 18 seasons,” noted the National Baseball Hall of Fame in its announcement.
“He compiled a career .312 batting average with 2,247 hits, including 309 home runs. Martínez, 56, who was elected in his 10th and final year on the BBWAA ballot, is one of only nine players in history with 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career on-base percentage higher than .400 and a career slugging percentage higher than .500.”
“He ranks as the Mariners’ all-time leader in runs (1,219), runs batted in (1,261), doubles (514), walks (1,283), extra-base hits (838) and total bases (3,718).”
Martínez’s numbers against his fellow 2019 Hall of Famers are impressive.
Against Mariano Rivera, he was 11-for-19, with 3 2B, 2 HR (.579/.652/1.057). Against Roy Halladay, he was 8‑for-18, with2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI (.444/.474/.722). Against Mike Mussina, he went 23-for-75, with 5 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR (.307/.337/.627).
Edgar stayed in the Seattle organization for his entire career and brought great happiness and joy to baseball fans all over the Pacific Northwest. His clutch base hitting in the 1995 ALDS against the New York Yankees produced what has become known as “The Double”, and he has been credited with saving baseball in Seattle.
Elected officials offered their congratulations.
“Congratulations to Edgar Martínez for claiming your well-deserved place in the baseball Hall of Fame,” tweeted Governor Jay Inslee.
“Congrats, Edgar Martinez!!! A well-deserved honor for a Mariners legend,” agreed Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
“I salute Edgar Martínez on his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a statement.
“Having watched his entire career in Seattle, I thank Hall of Fame voters for this much-deserved recognition for one of the greatest hitters of all time.”
“Edgar is King County’s guy, having spent all eighteen of his playing seasons, plus three more as hitting coach, dressed in Mariners blue. A two-time American League batting champion and seven-time All Star, Edgar was equally adept at hitting for average, connecting for extra bases, or waiting out pitchers and forcing walks. As a baseball fan, I remember the thrill of watching him step to the plate in pressure situations, knowing that he gave the Mariners the best chance of pulling out a win.”
“Edgar and his wife, Holli, have been great community leaders over the years as well: establishing the Martinez Foundation, and supporting Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Edgar Martínez Endowment for Muscular Dystrophy Research, which the Mariners established in his honor.”
“It took all ten of his allowed appearances on the ballot, but Hall of Fame voters finally got it right: Edgar will deservedly be enshrined with the greats of the game.”
The Pacific Northwest is rightly proud of Edgar Martínez.
In addition to being an athlete of the highest caliber, Martínez has been involved in many worthy charitable causes. He is an exemplary Cascadian. We can’t think of anyone who would make a better ambassador for our beloved region than Edgar.
Congratulations to Edgar, Holli, and their family on this great honor, and thanks to everyone who supported Edgar in his quest to be recognized as a Hall of Famer.