Mariners' Martinez moving on from hitting coach
The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that hitting coach Edgar Martinez will move into a new role in 2019 as the franchise's organizational hitting advisor.
General manager Jerry DiPoto said that Martinez approached him and manager Scott Servais after the season with a desire to work in a more flexible role within the organization. Martinez has served as the team's hitting coach since June 20, 2015.
"Edgar came to Scott and me after the season ended and talked to us about his desire to find a position of value within the organization that would provide more flexibility than the role of Major League hitting coach," Dipoto said. "We have spent the past three weeks working with Edgar to design a new position that will allow us to take advantage of his knowledge, passion and teaching skill at both the Major and minor league levels, while allowing Edgar flexibility that is unavailable in his current role."
Martinez spent his entire 18-year playing career with the Mariners, retiring in 2004 as a seven-time All-Star and two-time batting champion. He worked with the team as a guest instructor during spring training and as a special assistant before taking over as the hitting coach.
The Mariners finished fifth in the American League with a .254 batting average last season and 11th with 176 home runs, while only the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros had fewer than Seattle's 1,221 strikeouts.
"I appreciate Jerry, Scott and the team working with me on this new role," Martinez said. "I'm looking forward to working with both the big league guys and the young hitters in the minor league system."
Martinez is also approaching his 10th -- and final -- year of eligibility on the writers ballot for the Hall of Fame. He finished with 70.4 percent of the vote last year, 20 votes shy of hitting the required 75 percent.
--Field Level Media
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