To say there was never a doubt would be stretch. All that matters is that after a ten year wait, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez will be joining former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Martinez spent his entire 18-year Major League career with the Mariners and though he was never the flash of the organization, that was left to Ken Grieffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and Alex Rodrigues he was a model of consistency and integrity on and off the field.
The Mariner great received the call Tuesday afternoon informing he had been named on 85.4 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America ballots and easily surpassing the required 75 percent to earn a place in the HOF.
And in typical Martinez fashion, he showed his humility and gratitude with a thank you tweet .
Martinez also took time out to thank the Mariners organization for thier support through his playing career and HOF balloting process.
“The support from the Mariners and their fans has been incredible, not only through my career, but it’s been amazing the last 10 years and even intensified the last few years,” he said. “The Mariners put so much work into my candidacy, it’s been incredible and it made an impact. The fans, the way they supported me all these years, all that makes a difference. I truly believe I’m here and being inducted because of the Mariners and the fans.”
Edgar will be joined at the July 21st induction ceremony in Cooperstown , N.Y by legedary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and representatives of teh late Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico more than 14 months ago and right hander Mike Mussina