Edgar Martinez's No. 11 is officially retired, alongside Ken Griffey Jr. and Jackie Robinson's. Now it's time for baseball. Follow along here for live updates and analysis between the Mariners (59-58) and Angels (59-58).
The day has arrived. Edgar Martinez’s No. 11 will join the 24 of Ken Griffey Jr. and the 42 of Jackie Robinson as the only numbers to hang above centerfield at Safeco Field. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony is expected to begin at 5:30. First pitch is an hour earlier than normal, scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
The Mariners are just the seventh franchise to retire the No. 11. No player has worn the number for one team longer than Martinez did in Seattle, from 1987-2004. He retired with a .312 career batting average, .418 on-base percentage and .515 slugging percentage — and, of course, as the franchise’s all-time leader in doubles (and runs and RBIs and walks and extra-base hits and games played).
Martinez hasn’t yet gained election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the 58.6 percent he received this past voting cycle was a steep increase and the closest he has come to joining Griffey and Robinson in the Hall, too, since his first year of eligibility in 2010. He has two years left on the ballot to reach the 75 percent threshold.
Once the “11” is unveiled and the ceremonies are wrapped up, there’s still some baseball of consequence to be played. The Angels have taken the first two games of the series, bringing the Mariners back down to a game above .500 and out of their brief hold on the second wild card spot.
Seattle has Erasmo Ramirez (4-4, 5.10 ERA) on the mound, making his third start since being reacquired from the Rays and first back at Safeco Field. In two starts with the Mariners, Ramirez has allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 8 1/3 innings. He’ll be opposed by a fellow Ramirez, first name: J.C (10-10, 4.21 ERA).
First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. PT. Catch the game on ROOT, 710 AM or streaming on MLB.tv.