The Edgar Martinez Award
While doing some research this morning, I noticed on Don Baylor‘s Baseball-Reference.com page that he had won the “Edgar Martinez Award” in 1985 and 1986. I found this interesting, since Martinez did not make his big league debut until September 12, 1987. What Baylor actually won in 1985 and 1986 was the “Designated Hitter of the Year” Award. It was instituted in 1973 and renamed in 2004 for Martinez, who is considered by many to be the greatest DH of all-time.
Martinez appears on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot for the sixth time this year. Results will be announced in January, but I do not expect him to improve from the 25.2% he received last year. I’m one of those guys who simply does not see the case for Edgar Martinez. He was a very good hitter, but that’s about it. His WAR total definitely puts him in the Hall of Fame conversation, but there is so much more to consider. He failed to reached any of the “magic number” milestones in counting stats, and was never really a dominant player in the eyes of the media. Like many others before him, and many other since, he was a very good player. Hall worthy? Not in my eyes.