Rewind: Live chat with former Mariners great Edgar Martinez
In a career that spanned 18 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Edgar Martinez was one of the greatest hitters of his era as well as in Major League history.
He won a host of awards, including two American League batting titles, five Silver Slugger Awards and five Designated Hitter of the Year Awards. He also made seven AL All-Star appearances.
Martinez retired in 2004 with a .312 average, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 309 HR, 1,261 RBI, 1,283 walks and a .418 OBP.
He is one one of only eight players (the others are Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Manny Ramirez and Todd Helton) in ML history to have collected 300+ HR, 500+ doubles, 1000+ walks, hit over .300 and have an on-base percentage over .400.
"Gar," as he was affectionately called by Seattle fans, talked about his extraordinary MLB career, his post-retirement business ventures and much more in a live chat on Sept. 22.
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