Longtime Seattle Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez was on hand at the AT&T Fan Zone as a part of Fan Fest on Friday. The World-Herald caught up with the longtime designated hitter, who smacked 309 home runs and had a career slugging percentage of .515, to talk about life after baseball and his Hall of Fame chances.
World-Herald: What do you think of Omaha and the College World Series experience so far?
Edgar Martinez: It’s been great. The people have been great and it’s been a lot of fun. This is a great atmosphere for the tournament.
WH: How have you been adjusting to life after baseball?
EM: I started a business back in 1992 and when I retired (in 2004), I concentrated on my business until I sold it in 2007. Now I’m just involved in a few different business opportunities.
WH: How did baseball prepare you for your work in educating underprivileged youth with the Edgar Martinez foundation?
EM: Well I think that baseball gives you a lot of range to a lot of people and you can use that to help organizations. It’s been great for us to do that.
WH: You’re a guy who had a .418 on-base percentage and batted better than .300 for your career. With those numbers, what do you feel your chances are of getting into the Hall of Fame?
EM: It’s going to take a while. Historically, the number of votes I got in the beginning (36 percent in 2010), indicate that I will eventually get in. But it could take a while.