Rox Pile’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Ballot Number 5
By Luke Mullins
Like Chipper Jones, Edgar Martinez spent all of his 18-season career with one team–the Seattle Mariners. Martinez won the batting title twice, leading the AL in hitting in 1992 (.343) and in 1995 (.356). In 2000, he led the league with 145 RBI’s. Martinez posted a career .312 batting average, an on-base percentage of .418, a slugging percentage of .515, and an OPS+ of 147. He also had seven seasons of 98+ RBI.
From 1995-2001, he averaged 100 runs, 171 hits, 42 doubles, 28 home runs, 110 RBI, 107 walks, a .329/.446/.574 slashline, and a 164 OPS+. Overall, he recorded 514 doubles, and 2,247 hits. Martinez also put up an OPS over 1.000 five times.
McGriff led the league in home runs twice, with Toronto in 1989 (36) and with San Diego in 1992 (35). In his career, McGriff fell ten hits shy of 2,500 and seven homers short of 500. Over 19 seasons, McGriff drove in 1,550 RBI’s. He hit 30 or more home runs 10 times and reached 100 RBI’s eight times.
McGriff won a World Series with Atlanta in 1995 (in case you haven’t picked up on it, those ’90’s Braves teams were pretty good, with Hall of Famers Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Greg Maddux as well as future Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones, as we featured earlier).