Edgar Martinez Biography
Edgar Martinez is a Puerto Rican professional baseball player and coach who was born on January 2, 1963, in New York City, New York, U.S. He was nicknamed “Gar” and “Papi” and played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a designated hitter and third baseman for the Seattle Mariners from 1987 through 2004. He served as hitting coach for the Mariners from 2015 through 2018.
Martínez grew up in Dorado, Puerto Rico. He signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 1982 as he was not highly regarded as a prospect, and was given a small signing bonus. In 1987, he made his major league debut but did not establish himself as a full-time player until 1990.
Edgar Martinez hit “The Double” in the 1995 American League Division Series, which won the series and increased public support for Mariners baseball as they attempted to find a new stadium. He continued to play until 2004 when injuries forced him to retire.
Martínez was a seven-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger, and two-time batting champion. He is one of 18 MLB players to record a batting average of .300, an on-base percentage of .400, and a slugging percentage of .500 in 5,000 or more plate appearances. The Mariners inducted Edgar Martinez into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame and retired his uniform number. In 2019, he was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Edgar Martinez Family
Edgar Martínez was born to José and Christina Salgado Martinez, who were from Puerto Rico, on January 2, 1963, in New York City. When he was two years old, his parents divorced and he was taken in by his grandparents, who lived in the barrio of Maguayo in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Martínez taught himself how to speak English and how to use computers. His parents reconciled when he was 11 years old. He opted to remain in Dorado with his grandparents when his brother and sister returned to New York to live with their parents.
Edgar Martinez Wife
Martinez met Holli (née) Beeler on a blind date and afterward married in October 1992. The couple lives in Kirkland, Washington, with their three children: Alex, Tessa, and Jacqueline. Martinez runs Branded Solutions by Edgar Martínez, a byproduct of his family’s embroidery business, in nearby Tacoma. He is also one of the founders of Plaza Bank, founded in 2005 as Washington’s first Hispanic bank.
Edgar Martinez Age
Martinez was born on January 2, 1963, in New York City, New York, USA, to Puerto Rican parents. From 1987 to 2004, he played as a designated hitter and third baseman for the Seattle Mariners. Martinez is 56 years old as of 2019.
Edgar Martinez Net Worth
Martinez is an American baseball player and coach of Puerto Rican descent. He has earned his income from his long career as a player and as a coach. Apart from baseball, he is also a businessman and philanthropist. Martinez has an estimated net worth of $22.3 Million.
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During his 17 year career with the Mariners, Edgar Martinez wore Jersey number 11. The Mariners did not issue his uniform number 11 to any other player since his retirement. Martinez was not eligible to have his uniform number formally retired until 2010 under Mariners’ team policy.
This was also the year when he would become eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time. On June 2, 2007, the Mariners inducted Martínez into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame and retired his #11 jersey on August 12, 2017.
Martinez received 36.2% of the vote with 75% of the vote required for induction when he first became eligible to be elected into the Hall of Fame in the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting. His ninth year on the ballot, Martínez’s vote total increased to 70.4% in the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting. The 2019 ballot, his last chance for election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, elected him to the Hall of Fame, appearing on 85.4% of the ballots cast.
Edgar Martinez became the second player to enter the Hall of Fame as a Mariner, after Ken Griffey Jr., and the sixth player to be elected in his final year of eligibility, after Red Ruffing, Joe Medwick, Ralph Kiner, Jim Rice, and Tim Raines.
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On September 12, 1987, Edgar Martinez made his major league debut as a third baseman and proceeded to hit .372 over his first 13 career games. However, the Mariners were committed to using Jim Presley as their third baseman. Martínez began the season with Calgary in 1988 but was called up to the major leagues in early May.
Martinez played in four games with the Mariners before being returned to Calgary, where he hit .363, the best batting average in the PCL. In September he was called up again, and over 10 games hit .389. Edgar Martinez hit .281 with a .351 on-base percentage (OBP) and a .406 slugging percentage over 14 games in his second MLB season.
He signed a two-year contract worth $850,000 before the 1991 season. In 1991, he won his first MLB Player of the Week Award for the week ending July 14. Martinez finished the 1991 season hitting .307/.405/.452, all career highs.
He was selected to his first All-Star Game in 1992 and won his first MLB Player of the Month Award for July and his second for August. Edgar Martínez signed a three-year contract with Seattle worth $10 million during the season which was the largest contract given out by Seattle to that point.
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