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Ryan Yarbrough came within an out of his first career shutout, Eric Sogard hit a solo homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Sunday.
Edgar Martinez batted cleanup one last time on Sunday, and delivered another in a long line of clutch performances.
He’d read and practiced the speech an estimated 50 times coming into Sunday, with an admitted 12 more times that morning, to the point where it was almost memorized. That included the 20 rewrites of the words he started jotting down the day after he received the magical phone call telling him he’d be joining baseball’s elite. The words were burned into his mind like scouting reports of opposing pitchers.
Mariano Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were feted on a sun-splashed day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, called it during Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction in 2016.
Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Former New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is awaiting his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera set a record with 652 saves. He says he always wanted to do “whatever it took to win, and it worked many times.” He is the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the writers. He is part of a Cooperstown class that also includes Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina the late Roy Halladay, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.
Edgar Martinez will go into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday as the first player to spend his entire career with the Seattle Mariners and make his way to Cooperstown. His numbers from 18 years of playing are staggering but often overlooked. Most of his career was spent tucked away in the Pacific Northwest on a team that until the 1995 season got little notice on the national stage. Martinez hit .312 with 309 home runs in 2,055 career games with the Mariners.
It took Edgar Martinez a decade on the ballot to reach the pinnacle of baseball. A visit to the Hall of Fame on Monday reaffirmed his appreciation of being selected for induction.
Edgar Martinez finally got to celebrate his Hall of Fame election in the place he called home for his entire career. Martinez spent last week being honored on the East Coast with a whirlwind of commitments. The Mariners couldn’t wait to revel with Martinez in the Pacific Northwest. Martinez was back in Seattle on Tuesday, walking into T-Mobile Park on a red carpet to be feted by the only franchise he ever played for.
Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing all the whooping and hollering for him.
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see Edgar Martinez again.
Martinez spent his entire 18 seasons with the M’s, a rarity in the free-agent era of the game. He shares that distinction with another Hall of Famer with area ties – George Brett.
Mariano Rivera has become baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina. Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with Today’s Game Era Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith on July 21.
After nine years appearing on the ballot, and falling just 20 votes short last year, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez became the first player who played the majority of his career as a designated hitter to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.
Mariano Rivera was picked by all 228 voters totaled through midafternoon Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, about half the expected ballots. Roy Halladay also appeared headed to election in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, while Edgar Martinez seemed likely to join them in his 10th and final appearance.
Edgar Martinez hits a double to score Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners beat the Yankees in the ALDS in 1995.
SWX's Femi Abebefe talked with Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. about how he felt when his childhood hero Edgar Martinez was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The battle between teeth-gnashing anxiety and dreamy hope inside the minds of Mariners’ fans will either explode into more bitter disappointment … or into long-awaited joy for Edgar Martinez in his quest for baseball’s highest honor.
SWX's Sam Adams talked with baseball Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz about this past weekend's Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions golf tournament, along with some baseball - including Edgar Martinez and the state of the Mariners.