Mariners officially retire Edgar Martinez’s No 11

13 September 2016: Seattle Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martínez during batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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The Seattle Mariners retired Edgar Martinez‘s No. 11 in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Martinez is one of the most prolific hitters in the franchise’s history and is the second player to have his number retired by the Mariners, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (No. 24). Martinez, who currently serves as the Mariners’ hitting coach, spent all 18 seasons of his career with the team after debuting in 1987 and was a seven-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger and two-time American League batting champion.

Saturday’s festivities included a speech from Martinez as the Safeco Field crowd chanted his name while he was joined by former teammates, including Griffey and Dan Wilson.

It was also proclaimed Edgar Martinez Day in Seattle to commemorate the occasion.

The team then officially unveiled the plaque for the newest number to be retired by the organization.

The Mariners made four playoff appearances during Martinez’s career, including two trips to the American League Championship Series. Seattle has not reached the postseason since Martinez helped lead them to the ALCS against the New York Yankees in 2001. He is the franchise’s all-time leader with 2,055 games played, second with 2,247 hits and second with 309 home runs.

Next on the horizon for Martinez is a possible induction into the Hall of Fame. He received 58.6 percent of the vote on this year’s ballot, which was his highest percentage in his eight years on the ballot. Martinez’s hitting stats merit consideration for the Hall of Fame but he has been kept out largely due to the fact he spent most of his career as a designated hitter.

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