Martinez’s Bloomin’ June Brings Third A.L. Award
During the 18-1/2-year history of the franchise, Seattle Mariners have won five American League player of the month awards.
On Wednesday, Edgar Martinez won his third.
A spectacular month for the 32-year-old designated hitter marked the first time since July and August of 1992 that a Mariner won the award, and both those months it was Martinez who walked away with it.
Last month, in 28 games Martinez batted .402, scored 24 runs, and had 32 runs batted in, eight home runs, nine doubles and 32 walks.
That’s more RBIs last month than all but two teammates have managed this season.
“I can’t explain it,” Martinez said. “I’m just hot.”
Elsewhere, Tino Martinez continued the first half of a breakthrough season with a 5-for-5 performance that included two homers and five RBIs. For the season, Martinez is batting .296 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs.
A year ago, at the All-Star break, Martinez was batting .228 with 11 homers and 41 RBIs. His best average (.265) came in 1993. He hit 20 homers last year and in 1992 had 66 RBIs.
Felix Fermin’s bruised knee will keep him out of a few games but shouldn’t require another stint on the disabled list - unless Seattle wants. With catcher Chad Kreuter due off the D.L. today, the Mariners must decide who goes to make room for him. That’s not an easy decision, because they need all the pitching they can keep. Though they’d love to keep catcher Chris Widger, they may have to send him down to make room for Kreuter.
Outfielder Jay Buhner hasn’t hit a homer against a left-handed pitcher this season… . Alex Diaz’s eighthinning stolen base was his 11th of the season - six more than his previous career high… . At this point last year Seattle was 28-37.