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Former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he addresses a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Seattle. Martinez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday.
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Edgar Martinez, the beloved designated hitter who spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. 

Finally. 

“It took 10 years for the baseball world to understand Edgar’s contribution and status,” KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick in their weekly chat. 

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If you're a fan of retired Mariner Edgar Martinez, you know about "The Double." You know about his loyalty to Seattle. And you know about his long wait to get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. But there is still a lot to learn about the humble player who found out this week that he's finally making it to Cooperstown.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about some lesser-known facts about one of Seattle's biggest sports heroes.

Former designated hitter Edgar Martinez, right, greets former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. during a ceremony retiring his No. 11 before a baseball game in 2017. Martinez, who retired at the end of the 2004 season, will join Griffey as the second Hall of Famer
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It took a decade to get there, but Edgar Martinez is headed to Cooperstown.

The legendary designated hitter beloved by Mariners fans was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, after receiving enough votes in his final year of contention. 

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Retired Mariners legend Edgar Martinez may have missed getting nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But he has one more year left.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about why he thinks the man who played his entire career in Seattle will eventually make it into Cooperstown.

Baseball writers honored Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Cleveland Indians infielder Jim Thome in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility Wednesday night, and also added San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero of the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels.

Not approved, again: ace pitcher Roger Clemens and home run kings Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, who have been strongly tied to performance-enhancing drugs.

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The Mariners plan to retire the No. 11 jersey of hitting legend Edgar Martinez. It will happen in a ceremony this summer. That’s also when the class of 2017 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. When the inductees were announced last week, Edgar’s name was not on the list. But he got the most votes he’s ever received.

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Ken Griffey Jr. will be the first player to be inducted as a Mariner into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, on Sunday.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says Griffey had a huge impact on and off the field in Seattle.

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With Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. garnering the most votes ever for selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week, there’s been a lot of talk about his athletic achievements: 630 home runs, 10 Gold Gloves and 13 All-Star appearances, just to name a few.

But sports commentator Art Thiel told KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick there’s a very complex personality behind the powerful swing and graceful outfield leaps.