Hello and Merry Christmas, friendly Eye on Baseball readers. Thanks for stopping by our blog on this fine holiday. We’ll now continue with our coverage of the BBWAA Hall of Fame vote, the results of which we will all find out on Jan. 8. Until then, we’ll check out one candidate per day in this very space.
What we’re doing — to those unfamiliar — is creating a case both for and against induction to the Hall of Fame for each player. After examining the arguments for and against induction, it’s a “you make the call” type scenario. We’ve already been through eight players, linked above. Now onto No. 9.
The entrant in this go-round is career Mariner Edgar Martinez.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS
Over the course of an 18-year career — all with the Seattle Mariners — Martinez hit .312/.418/.515 (147 OPS+) with 2247 hits, 514 doubles, 309 home runs, 1261 RBI and 1219 runs scored. He walked more times (1283) than he struck out (1202).
Martinez appeared in four different postseasons — seven series total — and hit .266/.365/.508 with seven doubles, eight homers and 24 RBI in 34 playoff games.
A seven-time All-Star, Martinez won five Silver Sluggers and the annual award given by Major League Baseball to the best designated hitter in the league is now named after Martinez.
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