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Tuesday, July 6, 2004

The Answer Guy: First to be retired? No.11, Edgar

By JOHN MARSHALL
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER BOOK CRITIC

Q: Josh Duffus asks: "Aside from Jackie Robinson's, the M's have retired no numbers. Why is this? Is there set criteria that no player has measured up to yet? Is there any chance of the M's retiring the numbers of Alvin Davis, Jay Buhner or Edgar Martinez in the future?"

AG: Yes, there are set criteria, and they are stringent: Player must have been admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame and spent at least five years in an M's uniform; or come close to election to the Hall and spent substantially his entire career with the Mariners. No player can be considered until six years after retirement. Edgar would seem the likeliest of the three candidates you mention. Other former M's who might meet the criteria: outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., pitcher Randy Johnson and manager Lou Piniella.

Q: D. Ammons asks: "I've noticed that some of the bricks in the Fan Walk in the Bullpen Market area are chipped and cracked. Do the M's have any plans for replacing damaged bricks?"

AG: The M's say the bricks are repaired (if possible) or replaced (if repair is not possible). The work of a recent contractor damaged some bricks, and the team is repairing or replacing those, but it is uncertain when that work will be completed. Fans who notice damage to the bricks should tell the Bullpen Market's Guest Service Center.

Q: Justin Zuckor asks: "What happened to the team flags on the flagpoles out beyond the outfield at Safeco? They were missing at last Thursday's game against Texas."

AG: The M's removed the team flags during the monthlong mourning period following the death of former President Reagan. The ballclub did not feel that flying the team flags would be appropriate when Old Glory was lowered to half-staff.



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