Five best players in Seattle Mariners history

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3. Edgar Martinez - Edgar Martinez is widely considered one of the greatest players in Seattle Mariners history. The designated hitter spent his entire 18-year career with the Mariners, establishing himself as one of the most feared hitters in the game and a beloved figure in Seattle.

Martinez made his major league debut in 1987, but it wasn't until the early 1990s that he began to establish himself as a star. From 1992 to 1995, he hit over .300 in each season and drove in at least 100 runs each year. In 1995, he helped lead the Mariners to their first-ever playoff appearance, hitting .571 in the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

But it was in 1996 that Martinez truly established himself as one of the game's best hitters. That season, he hit .327 with 52 doubles, 26 home runs, and 103 RBIs, leading the league in both batting average and on-base percentage. He finished third in the MVP voting and established himself as the premier hitter in the American League.

Martinez continued to put up impressive numbers over the next several seasons, earning seven All-Star selections and two batting titles. He retired in 2004 with a career batting average of .312 and 2,247 hits.

In 2019, Martinez was finally elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, cementing his place as one of the greatest players in Mariners history. His impact on the team and the game of baseball cannot be overstated, and his number 11 jersey was retired by the Mariners in 2017.

Edgar Martinez's career with the Seattle Mariners will always be remembered as one of the greatest in team history. He was a consistent and feared hitter who helped to lead the team to new heights, and his place in Mariners lore is secure.