If any career DH can make the Hall think about it, it is Edgar Martinez. The life long Seattle Mariner was a pure hitter in every sense of the word. He hit for decent power (over three hundred career homers), could find the gap (over five hundred career doubles) and hit for average. He also had great patience at the plate as shown by his high amount of Walks.
In the late 90’s, the Mariners were loaded and featured future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. It was widely thought that following Griffey’s departure that Edgar Martinez would be exposed in the batting order. This didn’t happen as Edgar had his best offensive season of his career.
So does all of this make Edgar Martinez a Hall of Fame inductee? He played sparingly in the field after 1995 and was not a very fast athlete. Still, for pure hitting, few were better in his era, and if anyone will test the Designated Hitter theory for the Hall it will be Edgar Martinez.