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Aidan
08-09-2004, 04:31 PM
Edgar Calls It Quits

Mariners DH Edgar Martinez has faced his last pitch. The two-time batting champ is announcing his retirement today, ESPN has learned, with the move effective immediately. Martinez, 41, leaves with a .312 average in 18 seasons.He must not want to be a part of Seattle's youth movement.

samram
08-09-2004, 04:34 PM
The guy was a great hitter until this year, even though I was still nervous whenever he came up against the Sox, especially with runners on base.

HomeFish
08-09-2004, 04:48 PM
.312

That probably doesn't mean much to a Seattle player, but I'd love to retire with that batting average. Of course, .773 would be ideal, but, hey, I'm a realist.

Erik The Red
08-09-2004, 04:57 PM
I wonder why he didn't wait until the end of the season. Is he pulling a John Kruk?

Jerko
08-09-2004, 04:59 PM
It's a conspiracy. He retired just in time to miss the Twins.

Deadguy
08-09-2004, 05:00 PM
He should have retired at the end of last year. By retiring now, he's showing the realization that it was a mistake to return, given Seattle's performance, as well as his.

Jjav829
08-09-2004, 05:11 PM
Kind of surprising that he did it in the middle of the year. I think he should have given the Mariners fans one homestand notice to come out and say goodbye. I know he probably doesn't want the attention, but I think he should allow the fans to have that one last opportunity.

npdempse
08-09-2004, 05:20 PM
The Seattle organization was treating him like caca, basically benching him to give kids playing time. The BBTN guys were ripping Seattle for this last week. A hell of a way to treat a franchise player.

ChiWhiteSox1337
08-09-2004, 05:47 PM
He's having a press confrence right now, but he's not going to retire until the end of the season. Go beat the Twins!

cubhater
08-09-2004, 07:43 PM
The guy was a great hitter until this year, even though I was still nervous whenever he came up against the Sox, especially with runners on base.
Hell yeah! He'll go down as one of the biggest Sox killers for the past 20 years

Martinez was a class act.

RKMeibalane
08-09-2004, 08:10 PM
Baseball is losing a great hitter. It's a shame that he was never able to get the recognition he deserved. Good luck, Edgar!

JB98
08-10-2004, 02:42 AM
He has been a tremendous hitter, but it was clear to me the last time we played that Mariners that time and injuries have taken their toll on Edgar. He is stepping aside at the right time.

doublem23
08-10-2004, 02:53 AM
Hopefully Molitor's induction and Martinez's deserving induction will clear up any confusion that Big Frank is indeed a Hall of Famer.

inta
08-10-2004, 04:59 AM
best of luck to edgar, definitely a class act.... even if he owned our butts.


stupid question:
can a player just nix his contract and retire mid season like that?
obviously the choice is his... but doing that mid season seems more like quitting a job than retiring from one....

sendimjoey
08-10-2004, 06:08 PM
Hopefully Molitor's induction and Martinez's deserving induction will clear up any confusion that Big Frank is indeed a Hall of Famer.That's exactly the point I came in this thread to make. I did a little comparison of Edgar Martinez and Thomas on my blog (because Joe Morgan ticked me off and said during the Home Run Derby that "Edgar Martinez was the best right-handed hitter of the 1990s"), and while I think Martinez was an excellent player, Thomas has had a significantly better career.

Here's the link: http://exileinwrigleyville.blogspot.com/2004_07_01_exileinwrigleyville_archive.html#108978 382075923832

Edit: I think we should keep track of various national commentators who think Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame and see what they say about Thomas.