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February 10, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Edgar prepares for Hall of Fame induction…in the Dominican Republic

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Congratulations to Edgar Martinez, who will be inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in a ceremony this Saturday night at the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The award will be presented by Dr. Leonel Fernandez Reyna, president of the Dominican Republic.

Martinez — who fell short last month in his second attempt at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown — is part of the second class of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame.

Martinez grew up in Dorado, Puerto Rico. He will be joined in this year’s class by pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (Mexico), pitcher Luis Tiant (Cuba), pitcher Dennis Martinez (Nicaragua), catcher Manny Sanguillen (Panama), outfielder Rico Carty (Dominican Republic) and first baseman Andres Galarraga (Venezuela). Dennis Martinez played briefly for the Mariners in 1997, starting nine games (1-5, 7.71 ERA).

In addition, former Mariner Alex Rodriguez will be honored for being the youngest player to reach 600 homers, and Roberto Alomar for making the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The family of George Steinbrenner, late Yankees’ owner, will receive the Tommy Lasorda award, given to non-Latinos who advance Latin-American interests in the game.

There will also be a veterans category of Hall of Fame inductees, which will include Adolfo Luque, Chile Gomez, Hector Lopez, Horacio Martinez and Vidal Lopez. (Photo by Associated Press)

The inaugural class of the Latino Hall of Fame, inducted last May, included Roberto Clemente, Juan Marichal and Luis Aparicio. The Lasorda Award went to former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley.

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