Former Chattanooga Lookout Edgar Martinez Elected To Major League Hall Of Fame

Martinez Joins Former Lookout Pitcher Trevor Hoffman Who Was Elected Last Year

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - by Tim Evearitt
Newly elected Edgar Martinez as he appeared on his 1986 Baseball Card
Newly elected Edgar Martinez as he appeared on his 1986 Baseball Card
- photo by Chattanooga Lookouts

The Chattanooga Lookouts added another former player to the Major League Hall-of-Fame with the election of DH Edgar Martinez. In 2018, it was pitcher Trevor Hoffman who entered Cooperstown.

Martinez spent the 1986, 1987 seasons playing in Chattanooga, then the  Double-A affiliate of the Mariners, before before joining Seattle. He was managed by Chattanooga's Sal Rende.

Martinez was voted into Hall of Fame in his 10th and final year on the writers' ballot with 85.4 percent of the vote after working his way up from 36.2 percent support in 2010.

Martinez is the first player who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter to make the Hall of Fame. He hit .312 with 309 home runs in 18 seasons with Seattle.

Now he’ll join former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players in the Hall of Fame who will feature a Mariners cap on their bronze bust in Cooperstown’s museum. Griffey made sure to campaign for Martinez during his acceptance speech three years ago.


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