Edgar Martinez is also another guy that stuck with one team in his entire career. Martinez is going on his 9th year on the ballot. Why exactly? This guy is a 7-time All-Star, 5-time Silver Slugger, and won the batting title 2 times. I mean where to start, just reading his accolades tells you what he’s accomplished at the plate.
Over his 18 seasons with the Seattle Mariners he had 309 home runs, a batting average of .312, an on-base percentage of .418, a slugging percentage of .515, and an OPS+ of 147. He also had seven seasons of 98+ RBI, including a league leading 145 RBI in 2000. In his prime years, from 1995-2001, he averaged 146 games played with 100 runs, 171 hits, 42 doubles, 28 home runs, 110 RBI, 107 walks (compared to only 91 strikeouts), an astounding .329/.446/.574 slashline, and an outstanding 164 OPS+.
After he retired, the American League designated hitter award was named after him so that shows how dominant he was as a designated hitter. The main reason that he hasn’t been voted in yet is because Martinez played 68 percent of his games as a designated hitter. However, with the numbers that he put up in his career and having an award for a specific position named for you, you are probably Hall of Fame worthy.
I’m still confused on why Edgar Martinez hasn’t been inducted. Hopefully, this will be his year.