In his 10th and final year on the ballot, Edgar Martinez finally was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. As dominant as they get at the plate, Edgar could flat out hit and Devil Rays pitchers knew that all too well…
Edgar Martinez’s career spanned 3 decades and totaled 18 seasons in the bigs. He touts a .312 career batting average. He drove 309 balls over the fence and amassed 2,247 total hits. He is widely considered the best designated hitter to ever play the game and while he retired in 2004, he still got the chance to face the Tampa Bay Rays or at the time the Devil Rays plenty of times.
But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Martinez was a 7 time all-star. He won 5 Silver Sluggers and 2 batting titles. In 1995, he finished third in the American League MVP voting and in 2000, he finished sixth.
His career OPS+ of 147 is very impressive and in 2000 he drove in 145 runners which only a handful of hitters have been able to top since. He hit 8 career homers across 34 playoff games and hit .266.
Now, it is time to take a look at just how hard it was for Devil Rays pitchers to get out the great designated hitter.
Edgar Martinez v.s. Devil Rays
The fact that he struck out 44 times and drew 43 walks is as impressive as it gets. We never see splits like that anymore and it goes to show just how good of a hitter Martinez really was. The most impressive statistic above is the 71 hits he racked up in only 62 games while still walking 43 times!
Edgar Martinez at Tropicana Field
As you can tell, Edgar Martinez was very comfortable at the Trop. Regardless of the numerous arguments against Edgar Martinez getting into the Hall of Fame, he is in now and we should take a second and marvel at his ability to hit.
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Congratulations Edgar Martinez!