We're fortunate enough today to speak with a Mariners legend. Edgar Martinez joins me for a conversation today in preparation for his appearance at the grand opening of the new Dick's Sporting Goods in Issaquah tomorrow, where he'll be meeting fans from 12:30-2pm.
You can listen to the interview in full here, and we may include it in a future podcast as well.
On Joey Cora as a manager:
Joey is a baseball guy, he has a great knowledge for the game...he knows how to win, the fans love Joey. I think he would be a great fit. He earns the respect of his players.
On whether Edgar has been asked to return to the organization as a coach:
No, they haven't reached out to me, and I don't know if they have reached out to any other ex-players. There's a number of guys who could be great managers. One that comes to mind is Dan Wilson. Catchers know pitchers, they know the game very well, Dan is a very smart guy.
On Joey Votto and being too selective:
Some coaches and some scouts, they have the style that you have to be more aggressive. My style was completely opposite. I was aggressive when I felt that I needed to be aggressive. I studied a pitcher enough so that I have an idea of what they want to do, and I don't want to be aggressive in situations when I know that pitcher is going to pitch around me, if he's going to throw a slider or a change-up. I want to be aggressive when I feel good that this guy is going to come with a fastball in the middle of the plate, he wants to get ahead.
On offense being down since his time in the game:
Today the players come from the minor leagues with three years of experience. They're growing in the big leagues...I spent seven years in the minors. I went though my ups and downs in the minors, and when I came to the big leagues I have confidence that I could play.