Edgar Martínez: Headed to Cooperstown
Edgar Martínez: Headed to Cooperstown

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.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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