EDGAR MARTINEZ: PRAISE FROM HIS PEERS
“Edgar deserves to be in [the Hall of Fame]…he was one of the most feared hitters in the game for 10-plus years.” — Ken Griffey Jr., HOF ’16
“Edgar Martinez is, hands down, the best hitter that I’ve ever seen…he is the best pure hitter that I got to see on a nightly basis. And I hope that his time comes soon, that he gets a phone call stating that he’s a Hall of Fame player, because he is.” — Randy Johnson, HOF ‘15
“The toughest — and thank God he retired — Edgar Martinez…I think every pitcher will say that, because this man was tough.” — Mariano Rivera
“He [Edgar] was the best hitter I’ve ever seen. He was tough to get out. He was prepared…He gave Mariano [Rivera] a lot of trouble. He gave a lot of us a lot of trouble. He was unbelievable.” — Jorge Posada
“The toughest guy I faced I think — with all due respect to all the players in the league — was Edgar Martinez. He had to make me throw at least 13 fastballs above 95…Edgar was a guy that had the ability to foul off pitches, and it pissed me off because I couldn’t get the guy out.” — Pedro Martinez, HOF ‘15
“I remember when I was coming up, I used to watch a guy like Edgar hit and I was like, ‘This is ridiculous’…He’s a .312 career hitter. When you’re a career .312 hitter at this level, that means you pretty much got everything down.” — David Ortiz
“I think the writers have spoken in my case, and they will again in the future. They’re not going to hold [being a DH] against you. It’s part of the game and should be included as such. He [EDGAR] was one of the most feared right-handed hitters for a long time in this league. The amount of respect he has from peers speaks to the value of the offensive player he was.” — Paul Molitor, HOF ‘04
“A professional, quiet, humble giant and one of the best right-handed hitters ever seen.” — Dusty Baker
EDGAR MARTINEZ: HALL OF FAME CANDIDATE
EDGAR MARTINEZ – the greatest right-handed hitter of his era – is once again on the 2018-2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. After earning 70.4% of the vote last year, Edgar is in his 10th and final year on the ballot this year.
In the span of the last 83 seasons (1936-2018), Edgar is the only right-handed batter with a career slash line of at least .310/.410/.510 while recording more walks than strikeouts. Edgar is 1 of only 5 right-handed batters to accomplish this feat in the modern era, joining Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann and Rogers Hornsby. In the expansion era (1961-c), Edgar is 1 of 4 right-handed batters with at least 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, 1,200 RBI and 1,200 walks. He is joined by Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
Hall of Fame voters and his peers agree that Edgar is deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame. He was one of the best all-around hitters of his generation as well as one of the best right-handed batters in the modern era. He combined power with the ability to reach base safely, both at rates that rank high on the all-time lists of Hall of Fame hitters.
Hall of Fame voter Jayson Stark: “It’s clear to me that Edgar is a Hall of Famer.”
Hall of Fame voter Tim Kurkjian: “He was one of the great hitters of his generation, and all you have to do is ask the guys who played and they’ll all tell you the exact same thing.”
Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley: “Edgar Martinez – one of the greatest right-handed hitters who ever lived.”
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor: “He was one of the most feared right-handed hitters for a long time in this league. The amount of respect he has from peers speaks to the value of the offensive player he was.”
Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez: “The toughest guy I faced I think – with all due respect to all the players in the league – was Edgar Martinez.”
Hall of Famer Randy Johnson: “Edgar Martinez is, hands down, the best hitter that I’ve ever seen…he is the best pure hitter that I got to see on a nightly basis. And I hope that his time comes soon, that he gets a phone call stating that he’s a Hall of Fame player, because he is.”
Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.: “Edgar – the greatest right-handed hitter I’ve ever played with.”
Mariano Rivera: “Great hitter…One of the best, if not the best. If you have him out of their lineup, you’ll see a total difference.”
David Ortiz: “One of the best right-handed hitters that ever played the game.”
EDGAR MARTINEZ: AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- 2 American League Batting Titles: 1992 (.343) and 1995 (.356)
- 3 American League On-Base Percentage Titles: 1995 (.479), 1998 (.429), 1999 (.447)
- 5 Silver Slugger Awards: 1992, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003
- 5 Designated Hitter of the Year Awards: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 (now the Edgar Martinez Award)
- 6 Top-10 finishes in American League in Slugging Percentage: 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001
- 7 All-Star Game Appearances: 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003
- Roberto Clemente Award: 2004
EDGAR MARTINEZ: CAREER OVERVIEW
Edgar MARTINEZ was one of the top all-around hitters of his era as well as in baseball history. He combined power with the ability to reach base safely, both at rates that rank high on the all-time lists of Hall of Fame hitters.
Over 18 Major League seasons — all in a Mariners uniform — Edgar hit .312 with a .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage while amassing 1,219 runs, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and 1,283 walks in 2,055 career games.
Edgar won 5 Silver Sluggers and 5 Outstanding DH of the Year Awards while being named an AL All-Star 7 times.
Edgar became the Mariners regular third baseman in 1990 at the age of 27. In his first 2 seasons, he proved to be a good defensive third baseman and was the 1992 AL batting champion, the first of his 2 batting titles. Injuries limited him in 1993 and 1994, and manager Lou Piniella moved him to designated hitter in 1995, the position he primarily played the rest of his career.
Mark Langston, a teammate of Edgar’s from 1987-89, recounts Edgar’s defensive abilities at the hot corner.
“He was a really good third baseman before he got hurt,” Langston said. “He was a guy that could really play third base for you. You could see future at third base for him and then he had the shoulder problem…To me, he’s probably, hand-down, the best DH that’s probably ever assumed that position.”
EDGAR MARTINEZ: ONE OF THE GAME’S GREATS
Edgar MARTINEZ is 1 of only 9 players in Major League history to have collected at least 300 home runs, 500 doubles and 1,000 walks while posting a batting average of .300 or better and an on-base percentage of .400 or better.
Edgar joins Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Chipper Jones as well as Todd Helton and Manny Ramirez as the only players to reach those plateaus over a career. Ramirez is in his 3rd year on the ballot, and Helton is eligible for the 1st time this year.
Edgar is 1 of 5 retired players to post a triple slash line of at least .310/.410/.510 since the end of World War II, joining Musial, Williams, Helton and Ramirez.
Edgar posted 4 seasons with at least 100 walks (1995-98), 1 of 29 players in Major League history to do so in at least 4 straight seasons. Over his 18-year career, Edgar recorded 1,283 walks in 8,674 plate appearances, totaling 14.79 percent of his trips to the plate.
Edgar recorded more walks than strikeouts in 10 different seasons and finished his career with more walks than strikeouts (1,283 BB, 1,202 K).
Edgar ranks 32nd all-time with a career OPS of .933. Among the 31 players who rank ahead of him in career OPS, 20 are in the Hall of Fame, 4 are active players and 6 are currently eligible or will be eligible on future ballots.
Edgar recorded an OPS of at least 1.000 in 5 seasons (1995-97, 1999-2000), had an OPS above .900 in 9 seasons (1987, 1992, 1995-2001) and above .800 in 14 seasons (1987, 1990-92, 1994-2003).
EDGAR MARTINEZ: THE BATTING TITLES
EDGAR MARTINEZ became the first Mariner to win an American League batting title in 1992 when he led the AL with a .343 batting average. In 1992, Edgar also tied for the league-lead in doubles (46) and ranked 2nd in slugging (.544), 4th in on-base percentage (.404), 5th in extra-base hits (67), 7th in hits (181) and tied-for-8th in runs (100). Three seasons later, he became a two-time AL batting champion as he posted a league-leading .356 clip in 1995. His .356 average was the highest by a right-handed batting AL batting champion since Joe DiMaggio hit .381 in 1939. Edgar is one of 10 right-handed batters to win multiple batting titles in the American League, joining Nap Lajoie, Harry Heilmann, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Luke Appling, Nomar Garciaparra, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Altuve.
EDGAR MARTINEZ: ON-BASE MACHINE
Since 1901, Edgar MARTINEZ’s .418 career on-base percentage ranks 17th-best in Major League history, including 4th-best by a right-handed batter. Of the 16 players who rank ahead of Edgar, 11 are in the Hall of Fame and 1 is active.
From 1995 through 1997, Edgar posted an on-base percentage of .450-or-better in 3 straight seasons. He is 1 of 10 players all-time to accomplish this feat. Edgar joins Ty Cobb (7, 1910-16), Rogers Hornsby (5, 1921-25), Wade Boggs (4, 1985-88), Barry Bonds (4, 2001-04), Lou Gehrig (4, 1934-37), Frank Thomas (4, 1994-97), Ted Williams (4, 1946-49; 3, 1956-58), Joe Jackson (3, 1911-13) and Babe Ruth (3, 3x, 1919-21, 1926-28 and 1930-32) as the only players to meet these criteria.
Among the 245 players with at least 7,500 plate appearances since the end of World War II, Edgar’s .418 on-base percentage is 4th-best, behind Barry Bonds (.444), Mickey Mantle (.421) and Frank Thomas (.419).
Since 1945, Edgar owns 3 of the top-15 single-season on-base percentage marks by a right-handed hitter (.479, 1995; .464, 1996; .456, 1997); only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas has more such seasons (4).
Since 1945, Edgar is also 1 of 12 players to bat .312 or better in at least 7,500 plate appearances. He joins Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Roberto Clemente, Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn, Stan Musial, Kirby Puckett, Miguel Cabrera, Todd Helton, Manny Ramirez and Larry Walker.
EDGAR MARTINEZ: ELITE RIGHT-HANDED HITTER
Edgar Martinez is among the best right-handed hitters to ever play the game. He is 1 of 6 right-handed batters in the modern era with a career slash line of at least .310/.410/.510, joining Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann and Rogers Hornsby as well as Manny Ramirez, who is in his 3rd year of Hall of Fame eligibility this year.
Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. calls Edgar, “the greatest right-handed hitter I’ve ever played with.”
Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is unequivocal about Edgar’s place among the game’s great right-handed hitters, “There’s no question about it – Edgar Martinez is one of the best right-handed hitters in the history of our
David Ortiz says of Edgar, “You played against the Mariners and if he wasn’t in the lineup, it was like a big hole in the lineup because you’re not seeing one of the best right-handed hitters in the game.”
Over his 18-year career with the Mariners, Edgar totaled a .418 on-base percentage, which has been exceeded by only 3 right-handed batters in the modern era: Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby (.434), Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (.428) and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (.419).
In the expansion era (1961-c), Edgar is 1 of 4 right-handed batters with 2,000 hits, 500 doubles, 300 home runs, 1,200 RBI and 1,200 walks, joining Manny Ramirez, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez. Of that group, Edgar is 1 of 2 with a slash line of .310/.410/.510 (Ramirez) and 1 of 2 with more walks than strikeouts (Pujols). Edgar’s .418 on-base percentage leads that group, while his .312 average is only percentage points behind Ramirez.