Former Mariners first baseman Alvin Davis has been named the recipient of the 2015 Moose Clausen Community Service Award.
The award is bestowed each fall by the Seattle Mariners RBI Club, a group of active Mariners season ticket holders, to a member of the Mariners organization (active or retired) for significant contributions to the community.
Alvin received the award this past Saturday, November 7, at the annual RBI Club Toys for Kids fundraiser at the Bellevue Hyatt Evergreen Ballroom.
Alvin was one of those rare players who made an immediate impact. He made his Major League debut in 1984. That season, he represented the Mariners at the All-Star Game, was named Mariners MVP and American League Rookie of the Year. When he finished his eight year career with the Mariners, Alvin was the team leader in eight different offensive categories. In 1997, he became the first inductee to the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Since he retired from baseball, Alvin has stayed connected to the game as a high school coach in his hometown of Riverside, California, and working with Mariners minor leaguers. Alvin and his wife Kim are active in their church leadership and help families with biblical and financial counsel.
The RBI Community Service Award is named for Al “Moose” Clausen, who is a Seattle born and raised baseball fanatic who worked in the Mariners front office for many years.
Previous Moose Clausen Award winners include Dan Wilson, Jamie Moyer, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle and Julio Cruz.
When the Mariners were in Boston in the middle of August, hitting coach Edgar Martinez sat down with David Laurila of FanGraphs to talk about the finer points of hitting. This is a must-read article on how Edgar approached and teaches hitting.
The votes are in, and the fans have spoken! Here are the four players you have voted as the Mariners Franchise Four:
- Ken Griffey Jr.
- Felix Hernandez
- Edgar Martinez
- Ichiro Suzuki
Felix and Ichiro are 2 of 15 active players to be included on a Franchise Four list, with 11 of those players (including Felix) still active on the clubs they represent. Here are the complete results of each teams’ Franchise Four:
Be sure to tune into the MLB Network today starting at 9 am PT/11 am ET for exclusive coverage of the 2015 National Baseball Hall of Fame election results. The official announcement for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be announced close to 11 am PT/2 pm ET. Mariners legends Randy Johnson (first time on ballot) and Edgar Martinez (6th time on ballot) are up for election to the Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) released the names for the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot today. More than 600 members will vote on the prestigious honor to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
We are of course biased, but this is also the time of year where we want to share the many honors and accolades of our own Edgar Martinez. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2013-2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ballot for the fifth time. Martinez has earned 36.2 percent of the vote in 2010, 32.9 in 2011, 36.5 in 2012 and 35.9 last year.
Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Eric Gagne, first baseman-designated hitter Frank Thomas and second baseman Jeff Kent join 17 holdovers (including Edgar) from the 2013 ballot. Writers must return ballots by a Dec. 31 postmark. . The Class of 2014 will be announced Jan. 8. You can watch the announcement live at noon PT on an MLB Network simulcast on MLB.com.
Here is some fun material to browse through to support what we think was a Hall of Fame career for Edgar:
On Thursday, June 6, when the New York Yankees come to Safeco Field, it will be Martinez Foundation Night at the ballpark. Fitting, since Edgar Martinez, for whom the Foundation is named, had some especially big games against the Bronx Bombers. (Does “The Double” ring any bells?)
The Martinez Foundation was formed by Edgar and Holli Martinez in 2008 to help prepare and support teachers of color. The Foundation provides scholarships, training, mentoring and other support services to help highly qualified teachers from diverse backgrounds succeed.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of tickets through a special online offer will support the Foundation’s efforts. There will also be a silent auction of sports memorabilia and unique experiences near Section 128 on the Main Concourse, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation. Bidding starts when the gates open to the public and concludes at the end of the sixth inning.
And, Edgar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.
We continue to celebrate a week of Edgar Martinez and his candidacy for National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2008, Edgar and his wife Holli, launched The Martinez Foundation, which strives to strengthen our communities by providing under-served populations with educational opportunities.
Edgar is more than just a great hitter, but a great ambassador to our community.
This week, we celebrate a community leader, franchise icon & one of the best hitters of his generation: Edgar Martinez. #EdgarHOF will appear on a lot of tweets, and you may have noticed that the banner on our Twitter and Facebook pages currently pay tribute to Edgar.
There is of course a back story as to why we are doing this, and that is to raise awareness for Edgar’s candidacy for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At the end of the 2004 baseball season, Martinez announced his retirement after 18 years in the Major Leagues, all with one team – the Seattle Mariners. One of baseball’s best hitters, Edgar is on the 2012-2013 Hall of Fame ballot for the fourth time. Here is an in-depth look at the many statistical accolades Edgar accomplished during his 18-year career with the Mariners, and why believe he is a fit for the Halls of Cooperstown:
We announced this news earlier this week, but wanted to give our fans at From the Corner of Edgar & Dave a more detailed look at a new addition to Safeco Field. A new restaurant and lounge down the left field line named for Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez will be added for the 2013 season and will be called Edgar’s.
The restaurant is a remodel of an existing space, until now known as the Cantina, located under seating sections 151-152 (down the left field line behind the hand operated scoreboard). The scoreboard is being relocated to a new façade about mid-way up the seating sections. That makes it possible to open up the roof of the restaurant, directly underneath. The remaining seats in the two sections will be removed (384 seats to be exact) and the space will be brought up level to the Main Concourse to create an 11,000 square foot stand-up lounge. Both spaces will be known as Edgar’s.
Mariners season ticket account managers are working one-on-one with season ticket holders who will be displaced by the changes. They’re being relocated to other seating areas.
The restaurant will still serve the popular Tortuga sandwiches as well as Edgar’s line of artisanal mezcal known as Zac. The new lounge will have a south-of-the-border menu developed by noted Seattle restaurateur and Chef Ethan Stowell. It will feature what’s being dubbed Northwest Mex – classic tacos like carne asada and carnitas made with locally sourced ingredients.
Edgar will make occasional appearance at the ballpark next season.
Edgar’s restaurant and lounge are part of an estimated $15 million maintenance and capital improvement plan for Safeco Field to be completed before the 2013 season starts. In addition to the outfield wall modifications, restaurant and lounge, a new LED high-definition scoreboard is being installed at Safeco Field. All improvements are scheduled to be completed in time for Opening Day on April 8 vs. the Houston Astros. Since the ballpark opened in 1999, the Mariners have invested over $80 million in Safeco Field maintenance, capital improvements and operations.