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Edgar Martínez (baseball player)

Edgar Martínez
Designated hitter, third baseman, hitting coach
Born: January 2nd, 1963
New York City, United States United States
Beats: Right Throws: Right
Debut in Major League Baseball
September 12, 1987 with the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB assignment
October 3, 2004 with the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(until the end of your career)
Batting average  ,312
Home runs  309
Runs Batted In  1261
Hits  2247

As a player

As a coach

  • Seattle Mariners (since 2015)
  • 7 × MLB All-Star (1992, 1995–1997, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • 5 × Silver Slugger (1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003)
  • Roberto Clemente Award (2004)
  • 2 × AL Batting Champion (1992, 1995)
  • AL RBI Leader (2000)
  • The number 11 is no longer awarded by the Seattle Mariners
  • Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame
member of
Baseball Hall of Fame
Recorded  2019
Quota  85,4 %
Last update: June 9, 2019

Edgar Martínez (* January 2, 1963 in New York City, New York[1]) or also At all or Papi is a former American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 18 years. He is currently hitting coach with the Seattle Mariners.

Professional career

On December 19, 1982 Edgar Martínez signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. Martínez worked his way through the Mariners' minor league teams and played at the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Calgary Cannons. Martínez made his major league debut on September 12, 1987 and became a regular player for the Mariners in 1990. He replaced Jim Presley in the third baseman position. He began his career as a third baseman and won the American League batting title in 1992, but then pulled his thigh during an exhibition game at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver just before the 1993 season. He has never fully recovered.[2]

Martínez became a full-time Designated Hitter (DH) in 1995. So far he is the only DH to ever win a batting title (1995). He won with a batting average of .355.

On August 9, 2004, Martínez announced his retirement, which took effect at the end of the season. Martínez said of his retirement choice and his career in Seattle:

"It is hard, very hard, I feel in my mind and my heart I want to keep playing. But my body is saying something differently, so I feel this is a good decision. "

The double

Martínez is best known for his performance in the 1995 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. He had an average of .571 at the time and hit the bases 18 times in five games. In game 4 of that series, he hit one Three-run homer, then one Grand Slam - that ended a 6-6 tie on the way to an 11-8 win. His RBI total for that game was a single-game postseason record. That win resulted in a 2–2 draw in one Best of five series and forced game 5. The Mariners were down 5-4 in the 11th inning of that crucial game. Martínez accepted Two-run double, called "The Double" by Mariners fans, with whom they won the Game 6-5 and the Series 3-2 (after trailing 0-2). The win brought the Mariners to the next round against the Cleveland Indians American League Championship Series, for the first time in franchise history. The Mariners ultimately lost the Series in six games.

"A lot of people remember that double when they talk about my career, I'd say, yeah, that would define my career."

- Edgar Martínez: espn.com: September 25, 2004.[4]

A baseball myth has it that Martínez saved baseball in Seattle with this double. It was one of many moments in a “miracle run” by the Mariners in September and October 1995 that changed the public mood about the team and thus secured the financing of the construction of the new ballpark as a partial replacement for the Kingdome.


During his career, Martínez was very popular with Mariner fans, playing with the team his entire career and always ready to sign autographs for fans. In October 2004, after his retirement, part of Seattle's South Atlantic Street, which borders T-Mobile Park, became in Edgar Martínez Drive South renamed. At his retirement ceremony, the Mariners presented him with a portrait “with his high step treasure style”, painted by the artist Michele Rushworth.

The Mariners have not awarded Martínez ’number 11 since he stepped down. Under the Mariners' rules, they were not eligible to officially assign his number until he was first eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. The Mariners stopped awarding Martinez ’jersey number 11 on August 12, 2017.[5]

Martínez was born on September 9, 2003 in a field ceremony at Safeco Field Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame recorded.

In 2004 the Baseball Major League won the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in his honor Edgar Martínez Award renamed. A five-time winner of this award, he is one of eight players after whom baseball awards are named. The others are: Jackie Robinson for that Rookie of the year, Cy Young for pitching, Hank Aaron for batting, Roberto Clemente for “Athleticism, Community Participation, and Individual Contribution to His Team,” Ted Williams for the All Star Game MVP Award, Tony Gwynn (National League) and Rod Carew (American League ) whose names are attached to each league's Batting Champion Award.

He was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame on June 2, 2007.[6]

In December 2007, former Mariners outfielder Shane Monahan gave an interview to ESPN.com in which he noted that amphetamines and steroids were used rampantly in the team's clubhouse in the late 1990s. Monahan said almost every Seattle player except former catcher Dan Wilson used amphetamines. Martínez, as well as his former teammates Jamie Moyer and Raúl Ibañez, denied allegations of such use in the clubhouse. Martínez said during a visit to the Mariners in spring training: “I don't know why [Monahan] said that, I was there for a long time and I didn't see what he saw. […] What do you want to do? There was a lot of talk about baseball […] But like I said, I've been there for a long time and I've never seen it. ”- Edgar Martínez, Seattle Times: March 15, 2008.

Martinez was first eligible in 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame to be elected. He received 36.2% of the vote. In the years that followed, Martinez was unable to get a significant increase in support, it was at its highest level of 43% in 2015, but in the 2017 vote, the percentage rose to 58% from the 75% needed.[7]

For the 2013 season, the Mariners teamed up with Martinez, local chef Ethan Stowell, and bartender Anu Apte Edgar’s Cantina to open in Safeco Field.[8]

Resigned Yankee Mariano Rivera, when asked if there was anyone he was afraid to play against, replied that he was never afraid, but “I'll put it this way: the only guy I don't in a tough situation wanted to meet was Edgar Martínez. The reason is that I couldn't get it out. (Laughs) I couldn't get it out, it didn't matter how I threw the ball, I couldn't get it out. Oh my god, he had more than my number, he had my breakfast, lunch and dinner, he got everything from me "[9] Against Rivera, Martinez was able to hit a .579 batting average. He had 11 hits at 19 At Bats.[10] Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martínez (unrelated) called Edgar Martínez one of the toughest thugs he had to compete with in his career - he was very disciplined on the court. He would hit balls (foul ball) that would knock anyone else out.[11]

  1. ↑ Larry Stone: Goodbye, Mr. Baseball: The Final Years (2002 - present). In: The Seattle Times, October 4, 2004. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved on October 6, 2008.
  2. ↑ Bob Finnigan: Memories of Edgar. In: The Seattle Times, October 4, 2004. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  3. ↑ Goodbye, Edgar: He hopes to "enjoy the moment" in the next 7 weeks
  4. Martinez is beloved by Seattle fans; what about Hall voters?. September 25, 2004. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012.
  5. Mariners to retire Edgar's No. 11 in August. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  6. ↑ Larry Stone: Edgar Martinez to be inducted into Mariners' Hall of Fame. In: The Seattle Times, January 24, 2007. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012.
  7. ↑ Matt Snyder: Martinez HOF case, CBS Sports. December 25, 2013. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013.
  8. ↑ Julien Perry: Look Inside Edgar's Cantina at Safeco Field. seattle.eater.com. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  9. ↑ Rose, Charlie: Charlie Rose Show, October 16, 2013. In: Bloomberg News (ed.): Charlie Rose Show. 2013, p. 34:00.
  10. ↑ Randy Booth: Nobody Can Beat Mariano Rivera - Except This Lineup. SB nation. April 8, 2010. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved on November 8, 2014.
  11. ↑ Joe DeMartino: Here are the five toughest hitters Pedro Martinez ever had to face. ESPN. May 7, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
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