Edgar Martinez #11 of the Seattle Mariners is greeted by fans as he takes a lap around the field during a post game ceremony honoring his career as a Mariner on October 2 2004 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Martinez was not elected in his eighth year of eligibility for induction. However, he received 58.6 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America, which serves as the electorate for induction.
"I think it’s moving in the right direction," Martinez said. "We knew it wasn’t going to happen this year. This year was more a look-and-see if things increase and how close it gets me to the 75 percent."
Martinez received 259 votes from the 442 ballots cast by eligible voters. It served as a 15.2 percent increase from the 43.3 percent of the vote he received in 2015. He ultimately fell 73 votes shy of the necessary total for induction. However, he trimmed the gap by more than a third of the voted needed to reach the 75 percent total required for selection.
Martinez has two more years of eligibility on the ballot before his 10-year eligibility expires.
Only three players that have received at least 50 percent of the vote in any of their eligible years on the ballot have failed to be elected to the Hall of Fame: pitcher Jack Morris, first baseman Gil Hodges and reliever Lee Smith - who was not inducted on Wednesday in his 15th and final year on the ballot.
"I thank everyone, all of the people, including the Mariners’ organization, who have done a great job of getting the information to the writers," Martinez said. "I see some of the things on twitter, how many of the fans are very supportive.
"I thank all of them and appreciate what they are doing. Hopefully it happens in the next two years. It was an honor to play here, and it’s real humbling to see the support of the fans and how they wanted (me) to get in. I’m almost lost for words."