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Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 this season

By the way, Cobb was enshrined in the very first BBWAA election, in 1936. Yeah.

You can read my longer explanation here, but essentially, I’ve taken this view: The Hall of Fame should reflect the game as it is, warts and all.

Anyway, that’s not my point today. As I said earlier, I want to talk about Manny Ramirez.

I put an X next to the box by Manny’s name, as I did for the boxes next to Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. I’ve read columns from a lot of my voting colleagues who have drawn a line of distinction between Manny and Bonds/Clemens, and they’ve cast their ballot for the latter two but not Manny. The difference is obvious, of course. Bonds and Clemens, even though everybody knows they did at least some of the things they’ve been accused of, were never actually caught and punished by baseball.

Mark your calendars, Mariners fans. A big name will be honored this season.

The team announced Tuesday it will retire Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 this summer, which he wore in each in each of his 18 seasons in Seattle.

The Mariners will host a weekend in honor of Martinez from Aug. 11-13 with the Angels in town. The number retirement ceremony is set for Aug. 12.

Martinez’s will become the second player to have his Cheap Elite Jerseys number retired by Seattle. It will hang next to Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24.

Martinez played his entire career with the Mariners from 1986-2004 and retired with a career .312/.418/.515 slash line, 309 home runs and 1,261 RBIs.

He now serves as Seattle’s hitting coach, a position he’s held since the 2015 season.
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