Edgar Martinez inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame June 2

Edgar
Martinez, the best designated hitter in baseball, becomes the fourth member of
the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame during a special pre-game ceremony on
Saturday, June 2, when the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers. The pre-game
ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The first 20,000 fans
will receive commemorative Edgar Hall of Fame placards courtesy of WaMu.

Highlights
of the Edgar Martinez Mariners Hall of Fame Night ceremony will include a video
tribute to

Martinez’s
storied career and appearances by the three current members of the Mariners
Hall of Fame, Alvin Davis, Dave Niehaus and Jay Buhner. There will also be
remembrances of Edgar and his remarkable career from some of the greatest
players in the game of baseball including current and former teammates. In
addition, Edgar will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

With
Edgar’s enshrinement, a new display will be added to the
Baseball

Museum of the
Pacific
Northwest and home of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Located
on the Main Concourse of Safeco Field along the third baseline, the
newly-opened Museum and Hall of Fame features exhibits and activities designed
to memorialize and preserve the history of baseball in the region. Rotating
exhibits introduce fans to the roots of baseball in the Northwest dating back
to the 1870s through the current Seattle Mariners. Displays and plaques pay
tribute to Davis, Niehaus and Buhner, the three current members of the Mariners
Hall of Fame.

Martinez’s
plaque and display will be added.

One of the
most popular and prolific players in Mariners history, Edgar retired at the end
of the 2004 season after playing his entire 18-year Major League career for the
Seattle Mariners. Over the years, he racked up an impressive string of honors
and awards including seven All-Star appearances (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000,
2001, 2003), two batting titles (.343, 1992; .356, 1995) and five Designated
Hitter of the Year Awards (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001).

Martinez
reigns as the Mariners all-time
leader in batting average (.312), hits (2,247), doubles (514), walks (1,283),
and games played (2,055). He is also among the top 10 in other categories
including at-bats (7,213), runs (1,219), home runs (309), RBI (1,261), total
bases (3,718) and extra base hits (838).

Upon
Edgar’s retirement in 2004, MLB Commissioner Alan H. “Bud” Selig
announced that the Designated Hitter of the Year Award would be named the Edgar
Martinez Award.