(Edgar Martinez and four of his celebrated Mariner teammates — Jay Buhner, Dan Wilson, Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. — on Opening Day of 2010. Seattle Times photo by Jim Bates).
Edgar Martinez — who will get his second crack on the Hall of Fame ballot in December — is hosting a World Series viewing and autograph event next Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Elysian Fields Brew Pub (542 1st Avenue South in Seattle, between 1st ave. S and Occidental on the north side of Qwest Field, right next to Sluggers).
The event, coinciding with Game 1 of the World Series, will began at 4:30, when the television broadcast begins. No ticket is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Martinez will sign autographs from 6-7 p.m. for a $25 donation to The Edgar and Holli Martinez Foundation. Photos of Martinez and MLB baseballs will also be available for purchase. A portion of the food and beverage proceeds will go to the Martinez Foundation.
Last year, in his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot, Edgar received 36.2 percent of the votes — well short of the 75 percent needed for selection, but still an encouraging jumping-off point. I’m very curious to see how much advancement, if any, he makes in the second go-round.
The most interesting new names on the ballot will be Rafael Palmeiro (a member of the very exclusive 500-homer and 3,000-hit club — as well as the steroids positive-test club), Jeff Bagwell, Juan Gonzalez and Larry Walker, not to mention a handful of Edgar’s former Mariner teammates: Dan Wilson, Bret Boone, John Olerud and Tino Martinez.