See how the Mariners are pitching Edgar Martinez' Hall of Fame credentials
SEATTLE -- Voting is under way for the 2019 MLB Hall of Fame Class, and Seattle Mariners long-time DH Edgar Martinez' chances have never looked brighter.
Coming just a few votes shy in 2018, several pundits think Edgar has a great chance of getting in this year. He has to receive 75 percent of votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
It's Edgar's final season of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot and the Mariners are pulling out all the stops to help get him to Cooperstown.
The team has produced a colorful 15-page resume that it has sent to BBWAA writers and the media who cover baseball, extolling Edgar's achievements and accomplishments as not just a great baseball player, but a great person as well.
"We believe Edgar to be both a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame person, and as you will see (in the document) many of his peers and media members agree," team executives wrote in a press release. " Attached you will find a PDF document containing statistics, notes and quotes from his peers that illustrate how Edgar was one of the best all-around hitters of his era as well as in baseball history."
In his 18 seasons in baseball - -all as a Mariner -- he hit .312 with a .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage. He won 5 Silver Slugger Awards and was 7-time All Star. He's only one of nine players in Major League history to have collected at least 300 home runs, 500 doubles and 1,000 walks while posting a batting average of .300 or better and an on-base percentage of .400 or better.
The Hall of Fame voting results will be announced in January.