Today may be one of the most emotionally impactful days in Seattle Mariners history. I remember sitting in class in 2010 and reading about Edgar Martinez’s first Hall of Fame vote results. I remember seeing him at a paltry 36%. I remember that five years later, halfway through Edgar’s eligibility, he was even lower: 27%. The prospect of ever seeing Edgar in the Hall felt like a pipe dream.
And yet, here we are. This moment feels like a catharsis: for Edgar of course, but for the Mariners’ PR team, for Mariners fans, and for proponents of modern statistical baseball analysis. The good guys won. I hope to savor it.
In Edgar Martinez news...
- Larry Stone writes about how Edgar is starting to feel the nerves...
- The New York Times published a nice piece about what Edgar’s induction means for how we view baseball in the modern era.
- Shannon Drayer gives her three favorite Edgar Martinez stories.
- Larry Stone gives a tear-jerking account of Edgar’s emotional impact on his teammates and fans.
- I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.
- If you have the opportunity to attend tomorrow’s Mariners game, you can catch Edgar’s induction ceremony on the Jumbotron at 10:30 AM tomorrow. The atmosphere is sure to be something special.
In non-Edgar Mariners news...
- Cespedes Family BBQ interviewed Mariners prospect Evan White!
#Mariners 1B Evan White is one of the ultra-rare bat right/throw left players in baseball. That certainly didn't stop him from playing all over the field as a kid, but it did probably cut one dream a little short...or did it?— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 18, 2019
Full interview: https://t.co/68EtCa6OdE pic.twitter.com/MO6AwCMCWi
- Beat writer Jon Heyman has some thoughts on AquaSox interim manager Carson Vitale’s beard. Because of course he does.
This is interim Everett (Mariners) manager Carson Vitale who moved over from field coordinator job. This wouldn’t fly with Yankees but the M’s encourage individuality. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/0IQTFlBMXK— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 20, 2019
In non-Edgar MLB news...
- If you’re wondering, things are still bad for the New York Mets!
Since the start of last season, Jacob deGrom has made 8 starts where he's gone 7+ scoreless innings.— David Adler (@_dadler) July 20, 2019
The Mets have lost half of them.
- It was very hot yesterday in many MLB parks.
- Yankees first baseman Luke Voit was hit in the face with a fastball yesterday. I won’t embed the clip, but if you would like to watch for some reason, you can do so here. Thankfully, reports state that Voit is fine.
- Rays pitcher Oliver Drake threw a... splitter? A screwball? A slider? Whatever it was, some people are calling it the nastiest pitch of the season so far.
Zach’s non-Edgar picks...
- I don’t have much for today, to be honest. So check out this heartwarming video of a baby elephant taking its first bath.