Edgar Martinez came up 20 votes shy of Hall of Fame enshrinement on Wednesday and it’s not sitting well with many fans and players.
Martinez played 18 seasons for the Seattle Mariners and hit .312 with 309 homers. He won the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award five times. When he retired the award was renamed the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.
If that sounds like a Hall of Fame career to you, you’re not alone. On Thursday morning, #EdgarHOF was trending on Twitter with the majority of people favoring adding Martinez’s plaque to Cooperstown.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Steven Souza, an Everett native, tweeted at Tampa Bay Times baseball writer Marc Topkin, who did not vote for Martinez.
“You are hereby on probation from interviews until my childhood hero, Edgar Martinez is rightfully voted in to the Hall Of Fame,” Souza tweeted. “This may seem unprofessional and unfair, but I say to you ‘My oh My’. Yours Truly, Longtime Mariner Fan.”
Topkin posted a compilation of responses to his ballot on Thursday morning. His readers were unimpressed and expressed their displeasure in a variety of creative ways including a gif of a pooping rhino.
Here’s a look at what people are saying on Twitter:
Five former Mariners have made the Hall of Fame: Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Gaylord Perry, Ricky Henderson and Rich “Goose” Gossage. Former Mariners manager Dick Williams is also in the hall. Of those, only Griffey is depicted in a Mariners cap on his plaque.