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Hall of Fame Poll: Edgar Martinez

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Would you vote Edgar Martinez into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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Next up would be Mike Lowell, but, he was a good player, but not a Hall of Fame type.

He did play 13 years, had 223 home runs, 952 RBI, with a .279/.342/.464 line, in 1601 games. He was an All-Start 4 times, Gold Glove once, Silver Slugger once and was on MVP ballots twice, finishing 5th and 11th. Played for the Yankees. Marlins and Red Sox. He has 2 World Series rings (likely 3 actually, he was a Yankee when they won in 1998, though he only played in 8 games).

This is Edgar Martinez' 7th time on the ballot. He's received between 25% and 36% his first 6 times.

Edgar played 18 seasons with the Mariners, hitting .312/.418/.515 with 309 home runs, 514 doubles, 1261 RBI. He was on 7 All-Star teams, won 2 batting titles, 1 Roberto Clemente Award, and 5 Silver Sluggers.

He seemed like one of those guys that could get a hit when ever he wanted. I remember watching him and thinking that there was no way to pitch him.

He has a 62.9 career offensive WAR, good for 68th place on the all-time list for batters. Factoring in defense, he has a 68.3 bWAR, 76th among position players.

There are lot of arguments about whether a DH belongs in the Hall. I don't see any reason DH's should be excluded. Edgar did play about half his career at third base. If he played in another era, he would have likely moved to first base and would have likely had similar numbers.