Edgar Martinez fails to make Hall of Fame

Edgar Martinez fails to make Hall of Fame

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Edgar Martinez #11 of the Seattle Mariners bats during the game against the Boston Red Sox on July 20, 2004 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 12:52 PM

Baseball writers picked three new members to join the Baseball Hall of Fame Wednesday. Seattle Mariners legend Edgar Martinez did not make the cut.

Out of 571 total votes cast, 429 (75 percent) are needed to be elected into the HOF. Martinez, who spent most of his careers as a designated hitter, received 144 (25.2 percent).

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected while Craig Biggio fell two votes short.

Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.

Glavine, Maddux's longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career was a designated hitter, was at 483.

Biggio, in his second appearance, was at 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss.

Jack Morris, in his 15th and final appearance, fell 78 votes short at 61.5 percent on a crowded ballot.

Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro, who all compiled big numbers but were tainted by the Steroids Era, each saw their vote percentages drop. Clemens drew the most votes among the group at 35.4 percent.

Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee
 

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