SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners are making an active push to get Edgar Martinez into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The club is campaigning for baseball writers to vote for him, sending out an email with stats, links, and quotes from some of the biggest names in baseball.
The Seattle Times posted a couple of these:
“Edgar deserves to be in [the Hall of Fame]…There are a lot of guys with similar numbers who should be there, and Edgar’s definitely one of them. He carried the team for a period of time. He was one of the most feared hitters in the game for 10-plus years.” wrote Hall of Famer and Martinez' teammate Ken Griffey Jr.
“Edgar Martinez is, hands down, the best hitter that I’ve ever seen. I’m glad I didn’t have to face him too much. Having seen him play from ’89 to all the way when I left, I got to see him a lot against great pitchers. Like I said, hands down, he is the best pure hitter that I got to see on a nightly basis. And I hope that his time comes soon, that he gets a phone all stating that he’s a Hall of Fame player, because he is," wrote Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, another Martinez teammate.
Martinez has been on the ballot for the past seven years. If he doesn't make it in after ten years, his name will be removed.
He needs 75 percent of the voters to include him on their ballots to be inducted. He came closest last year with 43.4%.
If he fails to gain induction after ten years, he would need to win the approval of the veteran's committee to get in.