14. Edgar Martinez

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14.  Edgar Martinez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 2, 1963 in New York, NY USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 12, 1987
  • Final Game: October 03, 2004
  • Silver Slugger - 1992
  • TSN All-Star - 1992
  • Silver Slugger - 1995
  • TSN All-Star - 1995
  • Silver Slugger - 1997
  • TSN All-Star - 1997
  • Silver Slugger - 2001
  • TSN All-Star - 2001
  • Silver Slugger - 2003
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 2004
 
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Whenever Edgar Martinez had a great season (which happened a lot), a debate would constantly rage as to whether a Designated Hitter should be in contention for an MVP award.  Now that Martinez’ career is over the new debate is whether a Designated Hitter is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

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.

Should Edgar Martinez be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: New York City, New York, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Friday, 01 January 2010
  • Position: Third Base, Designated Hitter
  • Played For: Seattle Mariners
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 7 Time All Star (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001 & 2003)
    Silver Slugger (5) (AL) (1992, 1995, 1997, 2001 & 2003)
    Edgar Martinez Award (5) (1995, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2001)
    Roberto Clemente Award (1) (2004)
    HIghest Batting Average (2) (AL) (1992 & 1995)
    Highest On Base Percentage (3) (AL) (1995, 1998 & 1999)
    Most Runs Scored (1) (AL) (1995)
    Most Doubles (2) (AL) (1992 & 1995)
    Most Runs Batted In (1) (AL) (2000)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1995)
    HIghest OPS+ (1) (AL) (1995)
    Highest Win Probability Added (2) (AL) (1995 & 1996)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1995, 3rd) & (AL: 2000, 6th)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    6   Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    9   Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (Most Runs Scored)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    5   Top Ten Finishes (Most Doubles)
    1   Top Ten Finish (Most Home Runs)
    3   Top Ten Finishes (Most Runs Batted In)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Most Walks)
    8   Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    7   Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 21.   On Base Percentage: .418
    33.   OPS: .933
    45.   OPS+: 147
    47.   Walks: 1,283
    53.   Doubles: 514
    55.   Win Probabilty Added: 44.3
    69.   Slugging Percentage: .515
    79.   WAR for Position Players: 68.3
    92.   Batting Average: .312
    96.   Intentional Walks: 113
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2010: 36.2%
    2011: 32.9%
    2012: 36.5%
    2013: 35.9%
    2014: 25.2%
    2015: 27.0%
    2016: 43.4%
    2017: 58.6%
    2018: 70.4%
  • Should be Inducted As A: Seattle Mariner

Should Edgar Martinez be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.8%

Comments   

0 #7 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-18 23:20
They named the DH award for him. Time is running out.
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0 #6 Clover Nico Star starryclovers 2016-04-29 20:51
Of course a DH deserves to get in if they have the numbers, and he has the numbers.

I mean, look at Paul Molitor. He was also a DH. He got in first ballot.
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+2 #5 John Smith 2015-04-30 01:14
As for whether a DH deserves consideratio n for the MVP or the Hall of Fame I used to be old school on this issue. I do not like the rule and we can debate why somewhere else. However I have come to realize that there have been a number of below average defenders who have won MVP's and there are a number of Hall of Famers who definitely did not get in because of what they did with their glove. Many of these players might very well have been DH's under different circumstance s. Why should a poor fielder be treated differently just because he happened to play before 1973, play in the NL or his manager simply chose to put someone else in the DH spot? Historically , if a poor defender had a Hall of Fame bat the manager would stick him where he could do the least damage and if he retired with Hall of Fame numbers the voters would excuse his poor defense,
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+1 #4 JohnfromNH 2015-03-29 23:01
Quoting P Smith:
Baseball is a NINE man game, not ten. "DH" is not a position, it is where old players go to collect a paycheque.

No one who spent the bulk of his years as a DH belongs in the hall. The DH rule should be abolished.


You are a fricking moron.
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+4 #3 JohnFromNH 2013-04-16 00:08
Quoting P Smith:
Baseball is a NINE man game, not ten. "DH" is not a position, it is where old players go to collect a paycheque.

No one who spent the bulk of his years as a DH belongs in the hall. The DH rule should be abolished.


You are an ignoranus,(T hat's not a typo.)
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+6 #2 Steven B 2013-01-22 06:16
Why should Edgar Martinez be punished for the DH rule in the American League? It isn't like this rule is new. MLB named the DH award after this guy! He was perhaps the greatest right handed bat and clutch hitter of his generation. The "Double" that scored Junior from 1B in the '95 ALCS series against the Yankees saved baseball in Seattle.
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-7 #1 P Smith 2013-01-11 19:26
Baseball is a NINE man game, not ten. "DH" is not a position, it is where old players go to collect a paycheque.

No one who spent the bulk of his years as a DH belongs in the hall. The DH rule should be abolished.
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