The National Baseball Hall of Fame is set to announce its Class of 2019 on Tuesday, Jan. 22. In the days leading up to the announcement, theScore's MLB editors will preview players who look to be a lock to head into Cooperstown.
2019 HOF Previews: Mike Mussina | Edgar Martinez | Roy Halladay | Mariano Rivera
Player: Edgar Martinez
Team: Seattle Mariners (18 seasons)
Position: Third base, Designated hitter
Current Age: 56
Year on ballot: 10th
Percentage of Vote: 90.8 (Calculated by Ryan Thibodaux)
MLB Seasons: 18
Silver Slugger: 5
AL Batting Champion: 2 (1992, 1995)
AL RBI Leader: 1 (2000)
Martinez is arguably the greatest designated hitter of all time and one of the most feared hitters of his generation.
Among qualified designated hitters, only Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, and Paul Molitor accumulated more WAR than "Gar," according to first big-league homer in 1989; a 145-RBI campaign as a 37-year-old in 2000; his 2,000th hit in 2003.
While all were notable, the two most memorable of Martinez's highlights came one game apart during the 1995 postseason.
In Game 4 of the American League Division Series, with the Mariners down two games to one against the New York Yankees, he showcased his Hall of Fame-worthy bat.
In five trips to the plate, Martinez drove in seven of the Mariners' 11 runs, including a game-winning grand slam to tie the series.
Martinez would outdo himself one night later in front of an electric crowd at the Kingdome in Seattle.
With his team down 5-4 in extra innings, he hit a series-clinching, two-run double to score Ken Griffey Jr. and send the Mariners to their first-ever ALCS.
"The Double" is widely regarded as the great moment in Mariners history and helped cement Martinez as one of the franchise's all-time legends.
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