December 18, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Edgar Martinez

EDGAR MARTINEZ
Second Year on Ballot (2010 - 36.2%)

PLAYING CAREER:  Seattle Mariners (1987–2004)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .312 and 2247 hits.  309 home runs and 1261 RBI.  Seven-time All-Star selection (1992, 1995-1997, 2000-2001 and 2003).  In 2004, Major League Baseball renamed the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in Martinez's honor. A five-time winner of the award, he is one of five players to have MLB awards named for them. The others?  Cy Young for pitching, Hank Aaron for batting, Roberto Clemente for "sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team" and Ted Williams for the All-Star Game MVP Award.  2007 inductee to the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ON TWITTER:

@AdamDSeidel: Seriously, Edgar Martinez was unbelievable and should be in the hall

@section331: safeco field will now sit at the corner of edgar martinez and dave niehaus avenues

@seatownsports: Will the Mariners ever have a good catcher/dh combo again? I miss the days of Dan Wilson/Edgar Martinez

HOVG THOUGHTS:  The argument for Martinez is that he is the "best DH ever". The argument against Martinez is that he is the “best DH ever”. I’m not sure which side of the fence I fall on, but as long as Harold Baines is paying for his ticket…Martinez can stand in line behind him. Sure, Martinez has a .312 career batting average and ranks 22nd all-time in on base percentage (at .418)…but the guy only has 2247 hits and has a pretty empty trophy case to show for his 18 year career.


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