SEATTLE (CBS) – Mariners organization announced Tuesday it will retire Edgar Martinez’s jersey no. 11 in a Aug. 12 ceremony.

Former designated hitter and current Mariners hitting coach is the second player honored in the franchise history. Ken Griffey Jr. jersey no. 24 was retired in 2016, shortly after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“This is an incredible honor for me and my family. This is a gift we will share forever,” Martinez said. “To the greatest fans in baseball, the Mariners’ fans, they gave me the motivation and helped me have the drive and helped me through my whole career. They welcomed to me to this city and I’ve always had great support from the fans.”

Martinez, 54, played his entire 18-year Major League career in a no.11 Mariners jersey before retiring in 2004. He finished his career batting .312 with 309 home runs, 2,247 hits and 514 doubles.

Gaining momentum in Hall of Fame votes this year, Martinez fell shy of an induction last week with 58.6 % votes. He is still eligible for the next two years.

“Edgar will get into the Hall of Fame – no doubt,” Mariners’ team president and chief operating officer Kevin Mather said confidently when opening the press conference.

Throughout Martinez’s standout career, he earned seven All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger awards and five Outstanding Designated Hitter Awards – later named after him following his retirement from Major League baseball.

“Edgar Martinez is the string that binds together our franchise history,” Mather said. “As we embark on our 40
the anniversary season in 2017, Edgar has been in a Mariners Major League uniform for 20 of those seasons, all proudly wearing no. 11,and has been a part of our organization for 36 years. He has worn a Seattle uniform in parts of four decades (the 80s, 90s,2000s and the 2010s), and today’s announcement will assure that his number will be proudly displayed in Safeco Field forever.”

Any speculation of retirement in the near future was shut down by Martinez.

“I hope to wear this jersey for a long time,” he said.


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