Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/13/13
A Living Legend Edgar Martinez is, without one single doubt, my favorite player in any sport throughout history. Making his MLB debut just two years before I was born in 1989, I grew up watching the King of doubles over countless summer nights when he and a cast of Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Joey Cora, Norm Charlton, and Randy Johnson propelled the Seattle Mariners to new heights. I even went so far as to emulate his batting stance during portions of my baseball career, earning the appropriate nickname of ‘Edgar’ when I would sometimes step up to the plate. Yes, it was indeed evident that Martinez was, by far, my favorite player to ever call himself an athlete. Over the course of his career, Edgar was a statistical monster. He played in a total of 2,055 games, collecting 2,247 hits in 7,213 at-bats while crushing 309 home runs and accounting for 514 doubles. Edgar also drove home 1,261 runs and even collected 15 triples and 49 stolen bases during his younger days. Edgar Martinez with
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