Edgar Martinez, considered one of the best right-handed hitters of his generation, will say his final goodbye to baseball as the Seattle Mariners close the season against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.
Martinez announced on Aug. 9 that he will retire at the end of this season, ending a career that included seven All-Star appearances and two AL batting titles. The 41-year-old designated hitter is a career .311 hitter with 309 homers, 2,242 hits, 1,259 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .419. He spent all 18 major league seasons with the Mariners, helping them win three AL West titles, most recently in 2001.
“I know I’m going to miss the competition and everything that goes with baseball,” he said.
Martinez was honored after Saturday’s 10-4 loss, going hitless with a walk in three at-bats. He started the ninth inning at third base.
Ichiro Suzuki, who broke George Sisler’s 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a season on Friday, was 1-for-5. The All-Star right fielder has 260 and leads the majors with a .371 average.
The Mariners, who lost for the fourth time in 11 games, will finish with their fewest wins since going 49-63 in the strike-shortened season of 1994.
Michael Young, second in the AL with 215 hits, was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBIs for the Rangers, who have won two of three following a four-game losing streak.
The Rangers will finish with their first winning record since going 95-67 in 1999, the last time they made the postseason. They were last in the AL West the last four seasons.