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Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners will retire Martinez's number as he continues to move closer to induction in the baseball Hall of Fame. Team president Kevin Mather said that Martinez's number will be officially retired Aug. 12 as part of a weekend celebration. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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  • Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners will retire Martinez's number as he continues to move closer to induction in the baseball Hall of Fame. Team president Kevin Mather said that Martinez's number will be officially retired Aug. 12 as part of a weekend celebration. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez’s number

    SEATTLE (AP) — As Edgar Martinez’s candidacy for the baseball Hall of Fame began gaining more traction, the Seattle Mariners ownership started discussions of whether it was time to consider giving Martinez the ultimate honor from the franchise. When Martinez made a significant jump in the Hall of Fame voting this year, trending toward potential […]