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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - Page updated at 02:33 PM

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Edgar Martinez to be inducted into Mariners' Hall of Fame

Seattle Times staff reporter

Edgar Martinez has been selected for induction into the Mariners' Hall of Fame, the fourth person to receive that honor from the club.

Martinez, who played his entire 18-year career with the Mariners, will be inducted on Saturday, June 2, in a pre-game ceremony at Safeco Field. The event will coincide with the opening of the new Northwest Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame at Safeco Field.

Martinez follows first baseman Alvin Davis, announcer Dave Niehaus and outfielder Jay Buhner into the Mariners' Hall of Fame. A two-time batting champion and seven-time All-Star, Martinez was named the American League's top designated hitter five times. The DH award is now named for Martinez.

Martinez also delivered the most famous hit in franchise history, a two-run double off Jack McDowell to beat the Yankees at the Kingdome in the deciding game of the 1995 Division Series.

"It was such a joy to watch Edgar grow as a baseball player and a man, and we are so proud that he did it all as a Seattle Mariner,'' said Mariners' president Chuck Armstrong. "Edgar is a friend, one of the greats in this great game, and a true gentleman. His contributions to this organization and this community cannot be overstated.''

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