Edgar Martinez has waited years for this moment. But after nine years awaiting his call from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Seattle Mariners standout doesn’t have to wait any longer.
Martinez was finally honored on Tuesday as Major League Baseball announced his induction into the Hall of Fame during his 10th and final year of eligibility on the ballot.
Prior to the Hall’s announcement, Martinez had more than 90.8 percent in the results from 217 known ballots. He was named on 77.3 percent of the votes in 2018, but finished with 70.4 percent in the final balloting, just 20 votes shy of election.
On Tuesday, Martinez finished with 363 votes, approximately 85.4 percent of the 425 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Martinez, 53, joins 2014 inductee Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall of Fame to play the majority of their games as a designated hitter.
In his 18 seasons with Seattle, Martinez hit .312 with 309 home runs. Despite not having a full-time spot in the lineup until 27, he amassed 2,247 hits, 1,219 runs, 514 doubles, 1,261 RBI and 1,283 walks in 2,055 career games. The Mariners legend also won batting titles in 1992 and 1995, was named to the All-Star game seven times and was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame in 2007.
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, and Orioles and Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina were also selected to the Hall of Fame of the 35 players eligible.