Seattle Mariners

Edgar Martinez Belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 2:  Edgar Martinez #11 of the Seattle Mariners walks onto the field during a post game ceremony honoring his 18 year career with the Mariners on October 2, 2004 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Tony MenendezCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2010

This summer there is no reason to be cheery in Seattle.

The Mariners have the second worst record in the American League, and the roster will probably go through changes as they should be sellers over the next few days with the trade deadline looming.

Perhaps next summer around this time of the year, things should be more gleeful and festive if one of its very own gets the call to the Hall of Fame.

Even though he was only a full-time designated hitter, Edgar Martinez does belong in Cooperstown.

As soon as he retired from being an active player, Major League Baseball recognized him as the greatest designated hitter of all time and renamed its yearly Designated Hitter Award as the Edgar Martinez Award.

And its qualifications are his own numbers.

The 18-season veteran is only one of six players in all history to have finished his career batting average of .300 or more, on-base percentage of .400 or more, a slugging percentage of .500 or more, 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, 500 doubles, and 1,000 walks.

He is the Mariners' all-time leader in 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).

Other recognitions include a seven-time All Star, five-time Silver Slugger, two-time American League batting champion (1992, 1995), and winning the Roberto Clemente Award (2004). He was also a two-time Mariners Player of the Year.

By the way, let's not forget Edgar is “Señor Mariner” not only in Seattle but in the whole Pacific Northwest.

He was so cherished the Mariners waived the waiting period so they could induct him into the team hall of fame after his 2004 retirement and on the south side of Safeco Field, they've named a street after him.

Moreover, the Mariners have not issue his No. 11 jersey since he retired.

It is very true Martinez received only 36.2 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot,; however, history itself speaks by itself. Some greats, they have to wait.

Andre Dawson just got enshrined this last weekend in his ninth try. “The Hawk” rose from an initial vote total of 45.3 percent in 2002 to 77.9 percent in 2010.

Next summer it should be Edgar Martinez's time.

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