Considered of the best Designated hitters in MLB history, Edgar Martinez was born on January 2, 1963 in New York, New York, but raised in the Maguayo neighborhood of Dorado, Puerto Rico. Martinez spent his entire major-league career with the Seattle Mariners.
Martinez is considered by some to be the greatest designated hitter in history. Edgar Martinez, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, and Lou Gehrig are the only players in history with 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a career batting average higher than .300, a career on-base percentage higher than .400 and a career slugging percentage higher than .500.
Martinez is being honored for countless hours, funds, resources and contributions that he and his wife Holli have made available to Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, including the Edgar Martinez Endowment for Muscular Dystrophy Research, established by the Mariners in honor of his retirement, Children’s Hospital Annual Wishing Well Night at Safeco Field. Martinez has also supported Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Overlake Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wishing Star Foundation, United Way, Esperanza, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs and Mariners Care. Because of his contribution, on June 20, 2007, Martinez was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in Boise, Idaho.