But before the festivities get underway, players relished the opportunity to wear his familial No. 11 for one final time, during batting practice Saturday afternoon:
— Mariners (@Mariners) August 12, 2017
Martinez, who’s currently in his third season as the M’s hitting coach, spent his entire 18-year major league career with the club (1987-2004) and remains one of its most popular players of all-time. Upon his retirement in 2004, the part of South Atlantic Street adjoining Safeco Field was renamed Edgar Martinez Drive South.
The seven-time American League All-Star will be just the second Mariners player to have his number retired, joining Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.
— Brendan C. Hall