Tino Martinez gets plaque in Yankees’ Monument Park
Martinez played for Mariners from 1990 to 1995 before being traded to Yankees.
Seattle Times news services
NEW YORK — Some of the most memorable moments of Tino Martinez’s life were packed into one hectic day: Dec. 7, 1995.
It was his 28th birthday. His daughter, Victoria, was born. And he was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees.
Nearly two decades later, Martinez was honored with a plaque in Monument Park.
The slugger’s tenure in pinstripes was celebrated during a 17-minute ceremony on the field before New York’s 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The former first baseman credited his teammates and said he never dreamed of such a moment back when he was playing.
“I’m totally overwhelmed,” Martinez told the sellout crowd of 47,165 from a podium near home plate. “I’m honored and humbled by it, but as I said, it’s really a result of the success of the team I played on.”
• A private memorial service for Tony Gwynn was held at San Diego State. Gwynn, who played for the Padres during his 20-year Hall of Fame career, died on Monday after battling cancer. He was 54. Among the pallbearers for Gwynn was Padres manager Bud Black, a former teammate of Gwynn’s at San Diego State.
• The Los Angeles Angels have requested waivers on 19-year veteran outfielder and designated hitter Raul Ibanez, who played 11 seasons with the Mariners, for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
The highlight of his brief stay with the Angels was on April 12 when he hit a tying three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the New York Mets’ Jose Valverde for his 2,000th career hit.
• Omar Vizquel hasn’t played for the Indians in a decade, but the passion Cleveland fans feel for him is still strong. The 11-time Gold Glove shortstop, who played in Seattle from 1989-93, was inducted into the Indians’ Hall of Fame before Saturday night’s game against Detroit.