Seattle Mariners’ Edgar Martinez waves his cap as fireworks go off, while he is introduced at a post-game ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Seattle. They sure love Martinez in Seattle. On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners’ retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle’s 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Mariners’ Edgar Martinez waves his cap as fireworks go off, while he is introduced at a post-game ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Seattle. They sure love Martinez in Seattle. On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners’ retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle’s 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ELAINE THOMPSON ASSOCIATED PRESS
Seattle Mariners’ Edgar Martinez waves his cap as fireworks go off, while he is introduced at a post-game ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, in Seattle. They sure love Martinez in Seattle. On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners’ retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle’s 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ELAINE THOMPSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.