Edgar Martinez ... resides in Kirkland, Wash., with wife Holli, son Alexander and daughter Tessa ... graduated from high school in Dorado, Puerto Rico, in 1979 ... attended American College in Puerto Rico ... voted *Seattle Post-Intelligencer*'s Sports Star of the Year for 1992 ... is the cousin of former MLB first baseman Carmelo Martinez ... owns Caribbean Embroidery Company in Redmond, Wash.
Finished 4th in AL with .406 on-base percentage; 7th with 92 walks
Hit .339 on the road, tied for the AL lead.
Batted .352 with runners in scoring position, second-best in AL.
Had eight-game hit streak April 2-15 (13x29/.448).
Missed five games April 7-12 after leaving game on April 6 with strained left hamstring after beating out an infield hit.
Became clubbs all-time leader in total bases with single April 24 vs. Cleveland, giving him 3,317 total bases.
Batted .362 (25x69) with 15 RBI in April, hitting safely in 16 of 21 games.
Recorded career hit #2,000 May 2 in Chicago, going 2x4
Homered on a 3-0 count May 10 vs. Chicago, the Mariners first 3-0 home run since June 9, 1998 (Glenallen Hill).
Had a nine-game hit streak May 8-17, going 13x35/.371.
Homered in three straight games May 14-16 and in five of six games May 10-16.
Hit two home runs May 27 at Kansas City.
Named AL Player of the Month for May...led ML with 30 RBI and tied for ML lead with 10 home runs in the month.
Batted just .266 (17x64) in June as he struggled to find a groove while team played nine games in NL cities during Interleague Play.
Voted starting designated hitter for AL All-Star team...was 0x2 at Midsummer Classic.
Batted .306 (26x85) with five home runs in July, hitting safely in 17 of 24 games.
Had a 10-game hit streak Aug. 6-15 (14x36/.389).
Hit .305 (29x95) in 27 games in August, but just .250 (21x84) in 24 games in September.
Was 4x4 with two doubles Sept. 19 at Oakland.
Signed by the Mariners as a free agent on Dec. 19, 1982; signed by Marty Martinez and Coco LaBoy.
The Mariners' all-time leader in batting average, hits, doubles, walks and games played rebounded from injury-plagued first half ... scored 1,064th run of his career on April 11 vs. Anaheim to become the club's all-time leader in runs scored; left game with pulled left hamstring in 9th ... placed on 15-day DL April 12 and underwent surgery April 13 in Ft. Worth, Texas, to remove ruptured tendon behind left knee; surgery performed by Rangers team orthopedist Dr. John Conway ... transferred to 60-day DL May 25 ... reinstated from DL June 14; struck out as a pinch-hitter at San Diego ... first five appearances off DL were as a pinch-hitter (1-for-5) ... singled as a pinch-hitter June 20 at Cincinnati before tearing scar tissue behind left knee ... missed six games June 21-26 ... returned to starting lineup June 27 vs. Oakland, going 2-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs ... hit safely in six straight starts (8-for-26, .308) with 2 HR, 7 RBIs June 28-July 2 and in seven straight games overall June 27-July 2 (9-for-27, .333) ... hit .318 (28-for-88) in July ... tied MLB record with three sacrifice flies Aug. 3 vs. Cleveland (11th time) ... named AL Player of the Week for July 29-Aug. 4 after batting 11-for-22, .500 with 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 runs ... had RBI in six straight games (11 RBIs) Aug. 2-8 and in 10 of 11 games (16 RBIs) Aug. 2-14 ... had five straight multihit games Sept. 2-8 (11-for-18, .611, 3 HR) ... homered on Sept. 6 at Kansas City to become club's all-time leader in extra-base hits ... hit go-ahead home run in 12th inning in 6-5 win Sept. 27 in Anaheim ... was batting .301 (80-for-266) as late as Sept. 8, before going 11-for-62, .177 over final 19 games.
Baseball's best designated hitter was named the DH of the Year by the AL ... hit over .300 for the 10th time in his career ... drove in 100 runs for the sixth time; second-most in club history ... finished among the league leaders in doubles, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage ... reached safely in 118 of 132 games ... became the club's all-time hits leader with a single April 3 vs. Oakland ... had 11 hits in season's first five games, going 11-for-18, .611...collected walk No. 1,000 of his career, May 3 vs. Boston ... tied career high with four hits May 12 at Toronto ... scored the 1000th run of his career May 13 at Toronto ... had four hits again May 25 in Kansas City ... hit safely in 20 of 27 games in May (30-for-96, .313), 4 HR, 25 RBIs ... had eight-game hit streak May 22-30 (14-for-33, .424, 2 HR, 6 RBIs) ... missed two games June 3-4 after fouling ball off left foot ... started at first base June 12 at Colorado (1-for-3, HR), his lone start in the field ... grounded out as a pinch-hitter June 14 at Colorado, snapping a streak of 43 consecutive games reaching safely, the longest streak in the AL ... voted starting designated hitter on the AL All-Star team (0-for-2) ... on 15-day disabled list July 16-Aug. 3 with strained left quad ... home run on Aug. 8 vs. Toronto was RBI No. 1,000 of his career ... hit 9th career grand slam (off Rocky Biddle) Aug. 10 vs. Chicago ... hit three-run home run (off Rod Beck) in 11th inning of Seattle's 6-3 win Aug. 14 at Boston ... had season-high 5 RBIs in Mariners 16-1 win Aug. 22 vs. Detroit ... had 30 RBIs in August, second-best in the AL for the month, while batting .353 (36-for-102), 9th best in the AL ... doubled Sept. 23 at Oakland to pass Roberto Clemente on the all-time list ... tripled Sept. 24 at Texas, his first triple since Sept. 16, 1999 at Tampa Bay ... ejected for charging the mound Oct. 1 at Anaheim, his third career ejection, after getting hit by a pitch (Lou Pote); suspended for two games (Oct. 3-4) ... hit .328 off right-handed pitchers, 5th in the AL. ... started all 10 of Seattle's postseason games ... hit .313 (5-for-16) with two home runs and 5 RBIs in the ALDS vs. Cleveland ... home run in Game 4 in Cleveland was estimated at 458 feet.
Baseball's all-time best designated hitter turned in the finest season of his career as he led the AL with a career-high 145 RBI...also had a career-high 37 home runs...ranked among the league leaders in home runs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage...4 grand slams tied for the AL lead and set the Mariners single-season record... his 145 RBI is a new Major League mark for a player 37 years old or older...had six-game hit streak April 12-18, including four straight multi-hit games April 14-18 (10x19/.526, 3 HR, 15 RBI)...hit grand slam April 14 in Toronto (Pedro Borbon) for career home run #200; fifth career grand slam...went 4x4 with a walk, HR and four RBI April 18 in Chicago...two-run home run April 23 vs. Kansas City, traveled 421' into LF upper deck; RBI were career #800 & 801, becoming just third Mariner ever with 800 RBI...was named AL Player of the Month for May, after batting .441 (45x102) with 10 HR, 32 RBI and 24 runs scored in 27 games...hit safely in 22 of 24 games in May, including 11-game hit streak April 30-May 12 (20x44/.455) and 14-game hit streak May 14-29 (25x54/.463)...was named AL Player of the Week for May 15-21 after batting .462 with 5 home runs and an AL-high 14 RBI in 6 games...had 9-game hit streak May 31-June 12 (13x32/.406), as he hit safely in 34 of 36 games April 30-June 12 (58x137/.423)...started at first base June 9 in San Francisco going 1x3...issued career walk #900 June 12 vs. Kansas City...reached in 10 consecutive plate appearances June 17-19...walked 13 times in six games June 18-23...reached safely in all five plate appearances June 18 in Minnesota, going 1x1 with a home run and four walks...hit second grand slam June 22 vs. Baltimore (Buddy Groom)...set the Mariners club record with 87 RBI in the first-half...named to the AL All-Star team for fifth time (0x1 as pinch-hitter)...had RBI in seven consecutive games June 28-July 4 (9 RBI) and 13-game hit streak June 28-July 13 (17x46/.370)...was 2x4 as first baseman July 18 in Arizona...hit safely in 21 straight starts June 28-July 26 (30x82/.366)...was 2x5 with game-winning RBI in 13th inning in Seattle's 6-5 win July 29 vs. Toronto, before rushing across town and serving as Grand Marshall of Seafair Parade...batted .333 (31x93) with 3 HR, 19 RBI in July... was 4x4 with a walk Aug. 4 in New York, his third time reaching safely five times...hit third grand slam Aug. 8 in Game 1 in Chicago (Bill Simas)...hit go-ahead grand slam in bottom of the eighth inning Aug. 29 vs. New York (Jeff Nelson)...hit career double #400 Sept. 5 vs. Toronto...played in career game #1,539 on Sept. 27, becoming the Mariners all-time leader in games played. ... had two home runs and 6 RBIs in 9 postseason games ... batted .364 (4-for-11) with home run and 2 RBIs in ALDS vs. Chicago ... broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run home run in the 10th inning in Game 1 of ALDS in Chicago, as Seattle won 7-4 ... hit a two-run homer in Seattle's 6-2 win in Game 5 of ALCS vs. New York.
Finished another strong season after a monster second-half. led the AL for the second consecutive year, third time overall, with a .447 on-base percentage. fourth in AL with a .337 batting average. seventh in the AL with 97 walks. batted .360 after the All-Star break. led team with .358 average against lefties. hit .394 (56x142) in 41 games at SAFECO with 11 doubles and 3 home runs. made five starts at first base. seven stolen bases were his most since a career-high 14 in 1992. was 3x3 with 2 home runs and 5 runs May 17 vs. Minnesota; the 5 runs were a career-best and matched the club record. went 3x5 with 3 home runs in his last three at bats May 18 vs. Minnesota; second career 3-HR game; tied club record for most HR in a game and most consecutive HR in a game. the five home runs in two games tied a ML record and set the club mark. hit third-career grand slam May 26 at Minnesota (LaTroy Hawkins). hit a pinch-hit home run July 29 at Kansas City's off Glendon Rusch; second-career pinch-hit HR. got career hit #1500 Aug. 14 at Boston off Pedro Martinez in the sixth inning. hit 2 home runs Aug. 17 at Toronto; third 2-HR game of season, 17th career. AL Player of the Week for Aug. 30-Sept 5: was 13x26 with 7 runs and 9 RBI and led the league in batting, HR's (4), slugging percentage (1.038) and total bases (27). was his fifth-career Player of the Week Award and first since June 16, 1996. hit his fourth-career grand slam Aug. 30 at Chicago. triple on Sept. 16 was first since Sept. 17, 1998. tied career-high with four hits Sept. 21 vs. Kansas City. average was at a season-high .344 as late as Sept. 27. finished with a .300+ average for the eight time in 10 full ML seasons. had over 35 doubles for seventh time.
Hit over .320 for the fourth consecutive season in 1998. . also had over 100 RBI and 100 walks for fourth straight year... finished among the league-leaders in on-base percentage (1st/ .429), doubles (3rd), walks (3rd), average (7th) and extra-base hits (9th / 76)... 29 home runs matched career-high (also 1995). struggled in April and was hitting just .245 (27x110) with eight doubles and four home runs after 30 games (through May 5); bounced back to hit .341 (152x446) with 38 doubles, 25 home runs and 72 RBI in his final 124 games... hit team-high .359 with eight HR and 26 RBI in July... hit HR #25 at Cleveland Aug. 26, his fourth straight season with 25 or more homers... matched career-high with four hits Sept. 2 at Boston... was 4x4 with HR #29 & two doubles Sept. 26 vs. Texas; tied career-high w/17th career 4-hit game (3rd in '98)... hit .357 (92x258) in 70 games following the All-Star Break... ended season by hitting safely in final 14 games; 27x54 (.500) tear raised average to season-high .322. hit team-high .447 in Sept... collected 27 of his 29 home runs and 91 of his 102 RBI vs. right-handed pitching... hit .332 with runners on base. had surgery on his right knee Oct. 5; surgery was performed by Mariners team physician Dr. Larry Pedegana... named to the AP postseason All-Star team and voted Outstanding Designated Hitter by the AL.
Voted Outstanding Designated Hitter in 1997 for the second time in three seasons by the AL, garnering 71 first place votes to easily outdistance runner-up Chili Davis... was second in the American League with a .330 batting average... he also ranked second in the league with 119 walks and .456 on-base percentage... posted his third straight 100 run, 100 RBI, 100 walk season... reached the 25-HR mark for the third consecutive year... loved interleague play as he hit .475 with 7 homers and 14 RBI in just 40 at-bats vs. NL West opponents... reached base safely by hit or walk in 141 of his 151 starts... had a career-high 17-game hit streak from April 22-May 12; hit .314 during the streak which actually lowered his lifetime average of .315... hit two HRs and drove in a career-high six runs May 26 at Minnesota... homered in three straight games July 2-4... was the first-ever DH elected to the All-Star Game; it was his fourth All-Star Game appearance... went 2-for-2, including a solo HR off Atlanta's Greg Maddux in the ASG. in a span of five days, required a total of 13 stitches in two incidents: Sept. 8 at Kansas City was hit in back of head by a Chili Davis thrown bat (five stitches) and Sept. 12 vs. Toronto in 6th inning home plate collision with Charlie O'Brien and his "hockey" mask opened a gash on his chin (eight stitches); did not leave either game and even came back in Sept. 12 game to hit game-winning three-run HR off Roger Clemens in 8th inning... did not play after Sept. 23 clincher as he was nursing a sore rib cage... made seven starts at first base (1 error in 73 total chances) and one appearance at third base (no chances)... batted team-high .345 against right-handed pitchers... was 5x11 (.455) with bases loaded. ... struggled in the Division Series vs. Baltimore, batting just .188 (3-for-16) in four games; two of three hits were home runs.
Posted second consecutive All-Star season in 1996, despite spending 21 days on the disabled list with four fractured ribs. finished among the league leaders in average (8th), runs (8th), doubles (2nd), walks (T2nd), on-base percentage (.464/2nd), slugging percentage (.595/9th) and extra base hits (80/7th). set a career-high in walks and matched career-high in runs and doubles. collected career double #213 April 21 vs. Toronto to pass Alvin Davis for most in club history. hit only the sixth ball ever to land in the Kingdome's leftfield second deck May 26; titanic shot came off New York's Dwight Gooden. became seventh Mariner (third in 1996) to hit three home runs in a game July 6 at Texas; all three longballs were solo shots, two off Kevin Gross and one off Matt Whiteside. was 0x1 as a pinch-hitter in third All-Star Game. was on pace for 75 doubles (ML record is 67 by Boston's Earl Webb in 1931) when he collided with catcher John Marzano on an infield pop-up July 20; suffered four fractured ribs on play. was placed on 15-day DL July 21 and missed 21 games (team was 9-12 during absence). injury snapped Seattle-record 293 consecutive game streak (last miss was June 11, 1994). his start at third base July 20th was only one of the year (he had also played third on July 4). was activated from 15-day DL Aug. 12. was ejected for first time in his career Aug. 23 at Boston (by Ted Barrett) for arguing a called third strike. collected 1,000th career hit Aug. 25 at Boston (off Mike Maddux); became fourth Mariner, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Alvin Davis and Harold Reynolds. collected 50th double Sept. 16 vs. Texas, becoming only fifth player with consecutive 50-double seasons. hit .276 (24x87) in September, snapping a string of 11 consecutive months where he hit .300 or above; string dated back to August of 1994. hit .339 vs. left-handers and .345 at home.
After raising his average 48 points in 1994 from 1993, raised it another 71 points in 1995. first healthy season in three years produced his second batting championship. his .356 average was the highest by a right-handed hitter in the AL in 56 years since Joe DiMaggio's .381 in 1939. finished third in AL MVP balloting behind Mo Vaughn and Albert Belle. named 1995 Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year by the AL, and named Latino Sports 1995 Latino MVP. also led the league in on-base percentage (.479) and tied for the lead in runs and doubles. was second in hits and walks. became just the seventh right-handed hitter to win at least two batting titles, and the first in the AL in 52 years since Luke Appling (1936 & 1943). set new club marks in batting average, runs, doubles and walks. the 52 doubles tied for the 22nd most in history and was the fourth highest total in the ML over the previous 41 years. hit a career-high 29 HRs. average reached a season-low .333 on May 22 in game #23. hit his second career grand slam on June 7 at Baltimore off Armando Benitez. was named AL Player of the Month for June for hitting .402 with a ML-high 32 RBI in 28 games. was selected to his second All-Star Game and was the AL's starting designated hitter. set a club record with an RBI in nine consecutive games Aug. 12-20 (15 RBI total). along with Mike Blowers, set a club mark for RBI in a month with 33 in August (had previously set the mark with 32 in June). his longest hitless streak was eight at-bats. started every game of the season and reached base safely via hit or walk in 137 of 145. collected walk #100 on Aug. 27 which made him the first Latin player in history to walk 100 times. he led all ML hitters with a .433 average (55x127) against lefties; the third-highest average against LHPs in the Majors since 1975, behind Jeff Bagwell (.457 in 1994) and Rennie Stennett (.435 in 1977). batted .384 (53x138) with MISP. scorched the Yankees in the Division Series. hit .571 (12x21) in five games. became first player in history to drive in seven runs during a single post-season game in Seattle's come-from-behind win in Game 4. slugged a three-run HR in the third inning to slice Yankees lead to 5-3, then drilled a grand slam to center off John Wetteland in the eighth inning to give Seattle a 10-6 lead. was 3x6 in Game 5, including doubling home the tying and winning runs in the 11th inning off Jack McDowell to send Seattle to the ALCS. named to The Associated Press and The Sporting News All-Star teams. named "best hitter" in Baseball America's annual Tools of the Trade ranking. was one of six players to play in every game in 1995. played winter ball for San Juan in the Puerto Rican League.
Made a bid for Comeback Player of the Year honors in 1994. came to spring training healthy and ranked second in the Cactus League with a .400 average. on Opening Day April 4 at Cleveland, was hit on the right wrist by a Dennis Martinez pitch in his first at bat of the season; the bruised wrist forced him on DL April 19 (retro to April 16). missed 17 games before being activated on May 6. went 4x5 with a HR and a career-high 5 RBI on May 20 vs. Texas. was the fifth-toughest to double up in the AL, grounding into double plays just twice in 326 at bats. hit .329 (27x82) against LHP. played winter ball with San Juan and batted .341 (29x85) in 27 games.
Was limited to 42 games due to an injured left hamstring in 1993. had an outstanding spring training, leading club with a .343 average. on April 3, pulled his left hamstring in an exhibition game vs. Milwaukee at Vancouver's BC Place. was placed on 15-day DL the next day. was activated on May 17. after just 19 games, aggravated hamstring injury on June 14 vs. Kansas City and went back on the DL the next day. on July 17, was assigned to Jacksonville on an injury rehab assignment; batted .357 in four games. was activated on July 21. strained his left hamstring once again on Aug. 16 and was forced on DL for remainder of season. missed a total of 112 games on DL due to injury.
Captured first batting crown in Mariners history. average of .343 was highest by right-handed AL batting champion since Harvey Kuenn hit .353 for Detroit in 1959. also became just second player in AL history to win batting title for a last place team (other was Dale Alexander, who played primarily with Boston in 1932). despite playing all season with sore right shoulder and missing final 19 games to undergo surgery, tied for AL lead in doubles, ranked second in slugging (.544), fourth in on-base pct. (.404), fifth in extra-base hits (67), seventh in hits and eighth in total bases (287) and runs (tie). was named to All-Star team for first time. took over batting lead July 31, after 3x4 game at Cleveland; held lead for rest of year. received AL Player of the Month honors for July, when he batted league-high .388 (38x98) in 25 games. collected first career grand slam HR (off Todd Frohwirth) Aug. 19 at Baltimore in Mariners 10-8 win. hit .443 (31x70) during career-high 17-game hitting streak Aug. 12-31. named AL Player of the Month once again in August. was just third player in 17-year history of award to win Player of the Month honors in consecutive months (also Don Mattingly in 1985 and Kirby Puckett in 1992). last game was Sept. 12 at Oakland. on Sept. 18, underwent surgery to remove bone spur in right shoulder; surgery was performed in Seattle by Dr. Larry Pedegana. went more than two games without a hit just once (April 11-15). average of .331 (128x387) vs. right-handers was tops in A.L. . batted .392 (47x120) in 28 games as DH. was named to The Sporting News AL All-Star team following the season and also received his first Silver Slugger Award.
Finished fifth in the AL in on-base percentage (.405) and tenth in walks. tied club record with four walks May 25 vs. Texas. was moved to the leadoff position in the lineup for the first time June 26 at Chicago and went 3x5 with a HR (off Ramon Garcia). had a 32-game errorless streak June 8-July 18. ranked fifth among AL third basemen in fielding at .962 and reduced his error total from 27 in 1990 to 15.
Ranked third in the AL in on-base percentage (.397) and sixth in average in his first full season in the big leagues. was Mariners Opening Day third baseman at California on April 9, but did not win the everyday job until April 19. committed four errors vs. Baltimore on May 6, tying an AL record for third basemen. went 4x5 and had first career 2-HR game at Cleveland on May 20. hit four HR in five games from May 20-24, after taking 106 ML games to collect his first four round-trippers. led the AL in batting with a .355 mark on May 25 and stayed among the league leaders for the remainder of the season. stole home on a double steal with Griffey Jr. on Aug. 25 at Kansas City; it was his only SB of the year. missed the last five games of the season with an injured right knee and underwent arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 2.
Opened 1989 as Mariners third baseman, starting 10 of club's first 14 games. was optioned to Calgary on May 30 and was recalled by Seattle on June 14. batted .357 (15x42) in his first 12 games following recall, raising average to season-high mark of .277. optioned back to Calgary on Aug. 7. hit safely in his final 13 games with the Cannons, for an average of .447 (21x47). recalled on Sept. 5, following P.C.L. playoffs. played winter ball at San Juan following the 1989 season and won the Puerto Rican League batting title with a .424 average (56x132); finished 82 points ahead of the second-place hitter.
Was named Calgary's Player of the Year in 1988 and won P.C.L. batting title with .363 average. also selected to Baseball America's triple-A All-Star team. began season with Calgary. underwent nose surgery on April 13 for an injury sustained on the final day of spring training. recalled by Seattle on May 10, after batting .376 (35x93) with the Cannons. made four starts at third base (.143/2x14) before being outrighted back to Calgary. recalled by Seattle on Sept. 2. played in 10 games following recall and hit .389 (7x18). had arthroscopic surgery on left knee following the season.
Played most of the 1987 season at triple-A Calgary, where he had a club-leading .329 average and was named the Cannons MVP. led Cannons in batting average, games, hits and doubles. called up to Seattle on Sept. 12, following the P.C.L. playoffs. made ML debut as a pinch runner the same day vs. Chicago. first ML hit was a triple, off Cleveland's Reggie Ritter Sept. 14.
Led Southern League third basemen in fielding (.960), committing just 15 errors in 372 total chances. led Chattanooga in walks and tied for club honors in triples, while finishing second in doubles and RBI.
At Chattanooga, led Southern League third basemen in putouts (94), assists (247), double plays (34) and total chances. also led league with 12 sacrifice flies.
In 1984 at Wausau, finished seventh in Midwest League in batting.
Began pro career with Bellingham in 1983