The Hall of Fame wait continues for Mariners icon Edgar Martinez, who so defined the skills desired in a designated hitter that baseball’s annual award for excellence in that role bears his name.
Martinez received 25.2 percent of the 571 votes cast in balloting announced Wednesday by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Election requires a minimum of 75 percent.
Three players were elected: pitchers Greg Maddux (97.2 percent), Tom Glavine (91.3) and first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas (83.7).
Those three will be inducted July 27 along with three managers elected last month by Expansion Era Committee: Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
This was Martinez’s fifth year on the ballot, but his support slipped sharply from previous years. He never polled lower than 32.9 percent prior to this year, but he will return on next year’s ballot because he topped 5 percent.