Edgar Martinez bound for the Hall of Fame?

If you ask me, it is a resounding YES.  But then again, I don’t have a vote.  If you did, what would you say? There are six players in all of baseball’s 140 year history that hit .300 or more, had an on-base percentage of .400 or more, a slugging percentage of .500 or more, 300 home runs, 500 doubles, 2000 hits, and 1000 walks.  They are Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, and you guessed it – Edgar Martinez.

I grew up idolizing Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez.  As proficient at the plate as Edgar was, he was even more clutch when something huge was on the line – can you say 1995?  For as much credit Jr. receives for building Safeco Field and keeping the M’s in Seattle, Edgar was as equally responsible.

I know he was “just a designated hitter” and that he did not start in the majors until he was 27 which left him shy of the magical 3000 hit mark, but this man was as pure of a hitter as you can see in the majors.  At some point, MLB will have to begin to allow DH’s into the hall of fame, and why not start with the best DH in the game in this year’s inductions?

My Oh My

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I really don’t know how it happened…therefore it must simply be the pure love of the game, but Kyler has fallen in love with the Mariners and baseball.  Karissa was at a garage sale the other day and picked up the VHS tape of the magical 1995 season put out by Eagle Hardware.  He just loved it, in fact, that day he had to have it with him when he took his nap.  The kids love watching it, especially Kyler, and so far he has seen it three times.  Secretly I love watching it too because it brings back fond memories of my own.  Plus, it is quite a fun thing to be able to share all the great stories of Junior (in his prime), Edgar, Randy, Buhner, and yes, even Luis Sojo’s inside the park homerun off Mark Langston.  If you need a ride in the way back machine, come on over and I am sure Kyler will share his video with you!

“Root, Root, Root for the Mariners…”

Ever since Rylee and Caleb started T-Ball, Kyler has been beyond fascinated with everything to do with baseball, especially the Mariners.  Anything that can fit in his hands that he can swing becomes a bat.  So often when I come home from work I hear him say “Daddy, throw me the ball” as he is holding up a golf club, stick, gigantic pencil, or a drum stick.  I can’t wait for him to be old enough to play on a team with the Y, he will have so much fun.  Until then, it is backyard baseball for Caleb, Kyler and I.

With Kyler’s birthday coming up, we thought it would make his day to go to the Mariner’s Game.  We got some tickets and will be headed to Safeco Field to watch the M’s play baseball.  Kyler could not be more excited.  Karissa got him a Mariner’s hat and a t-shirt that he has not stopped wearing since he put them on.  We have a little baseball fan on our hands and it is a lot of fun.  Here he is with his hat and the schedule showing you when we are going to the game.

Kyler M's Hat
Kyler M's Sched.

See you at the field!  Go Mariners!