Edgar Martinez

Edgar Martinez is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and fell 20 votes shy of the Hall of Fame in 2018 voting. He will appear on the ballot for the final time in 2019 and is regarded as a near-lock to be elected. Martinez, born in New York and raised in Dorado, Puerto Rico by his grandparents, played his entire 18-year major-league career with the Mariners. He remains beloved by Mariners fans, whose slow chant of “Ed-Gar” was a staple at Mariners games. His game-winning hit in the 1995 American League Championship Series against the Yankees is an indelible moment in Seattle sports history and is known simply as “The Double.” Martinez had a career batting average of .312 that includes American League batting titles in 1992 and 1995. When he retired, the award for the top designated hitter in baseball was renamed The Edgar Martinez Award. The street outside Safeco Field in Seattle was changed to Edgar Martinez Drive by the city of Seattle, and the Mariners retired his No. 11 jersey in 2017. Martinez won the Roberto Clemente Award for public service in 2004, and was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2007. He and his wife, Holli, established the Edgar and Holli Martinez Foundation to support student of color in teacher education programs. Martinez returned to the Mariners in 2015 as their hitting coach.

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