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The Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2020 has to wait until next year to get inducted because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the careers of Derek Jeter, Ted Simmons, Larry Walker and Marvin Miller are already being celebrated in the Inductees Exhibit.
Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the rest of this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class will have to wait for their big moment at Cooperstown
It’s looking more and more like Derek Jeter is poised to become the second player to be an unanimous selection for baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Edgar Martinez batted cleanup one last time on Sunday, and delivered another in a long line of clutch performances.
He’d read and practiced the speech an estimated 50 times coming into Sunday, with an admitted 12 more times that morning, to the point where it was almost memorized. That included the 20 rewrites of the words he started jotting down the day after he received the magical phone call telling him he’d be joining baseball’s elite. The words were burned into his mind like scouting reports of opposing pitchers.
Mariano Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were feted on a sun-splashed day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Even in the dead of winter, Cooperstown is baseball heaven, its mecca – the “soul of baseball,” as Jeff Idelson, the outgoing president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, called it during Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction in 2016.
Not even 10 long years of waiting for his Cooperstown call could crack the Mariners DH’s stoic facade, but two disparate places – Seattle and Puerto Rico – are doing all the whooping and hollering for him.
Once the Seattle Mariners’ Hall of Fame designated hitter puts that decisive swing on Jack McDowell’s split-fingered fastball and the camera tracks the ball into left field, you never see Edgar Martinez again.
Martinez spent his entire 18 seasons with the M’s, a rarity in the free-agent era of the game. He shares that distinction with another Hall of Famer with area ties – George Brett.
After nine years appearing on the ballot, and falling just 20 votes short last year, Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez became the first player who played the majority of his career as a designated hitter to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, announced Tuesday.
Mariano Rivera was picked by all 228 voters totaled through midafternoon Tuesday afternoon by Ryan Thibodaux’s Hall of Fame vote tracker, about half the expected ballots. Roy Halladay also appeared headed to election in his first appearance on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot, while Edgar Martinez seemed likely to join them in his 10th and final appearance.
SWX's Femi Abebefe talked with Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. about how he felt when his childhood hero Edgar Martinez was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Longtime closer Lee Smith and smooth-swinging Harold Baines were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
It’s been 44 years since sportscaster Bob Costas visited the Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time. Now, he’s got a permanent place in the shrine. Costas was honored Saturday in Cooperstown with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters in a ceremony at Doubleday Field. Writer Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for 33 years for the Akron Beacon Journal, was honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers.
Sluggers Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Vladimir Guerrero and ace reliever Trevor Hoffman headline the class of 2018 to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell also are being enshrined. Jones and Thome are first-ballot selections.
Remember the wry commercial that used to run during Seattle Mariners telecasts – and lives forever on YouTube – about all the things Edgar Martinez did between his at-bats as designated hitter to help the club?
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
The Seattle Mariners designated hitter fell short of the 75 percent threshold needed for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Martinez was named on 70.4 percent of the ballots, up from 58.8 percent in 2017.
In the past 12 months, Vladimir Guerrero didn’t hit any more home runs, Trevor Hoffman didn’t earn any more saves and Edgar Martinez didn’t win any more batting titles. But when election results for the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all three holdover candidates are hoping to have gained enough support in the last year to make it to the stage in Cooperstown, New York, in July, when the Class of 2018 is inducted.