In his final year Edgar Martinez gets call from Cooperstown

first_imgWhen Edgar Martinez had the most famous swing of his career — “The Double” as it’s known by in the Pacific Northwest — he was already 32 years old.His career had a late start. So waiting all 10 years on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot before his election to Cooperstown was just another chapter in the arc of his life.“I think the wait, I think I’m more mature right now. I think I’ve enjoyed it more at this point with my family, the way my kids are older now and it just has a lot of meaning, even more meaning now,” Martinez said. “The wait, actually it worked out well for me.”In his final year on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, Martinez was elected on Tuesday with 85.4 percent of the vote. His election marked a remarkable turnaround, climbing in his final five years of eligibility from an afterthought to on the ballot to and inductee.It was a collective effort, from the Mariners organization constantly publicizing his worthiness, to die-hard fans who believed in the beloved Martinez, to voters taking a new look at the importance of a player who was primarily a designated hitter.last_img

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