#Shortstops: Edgar Martínez jersey marks end of a historic career
On Oct. 3, 2004, the final day of the regular season for the Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field was packed despite a disappointing season in which they finished in the American League West cellar. The 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers did nothing to brighten the mood.
The atmosphere, however, maintained an air of celebration as Seattle said goodbye to its iconic designated hitter, Edgar Martínez.
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Martínez donned this jersey in his final game, the last day a Seattle Mariners player wore number 11. Each of his four at bats, marked by chants of “Eeeeeeeeeed-gaaaaaaaaaar,” will forever reverberate throughout the Pacific Northwest. On Aug. 12, 2017, the Mariners will retire that number, in honor of his legacy, his impact on the game, and his place in Mariners history.
Meghan Anderson was the 2017 curatorial intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development