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Edgar Martinez

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Edgar Martinez

The first table below presents Edgar Martinez's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Edgar Martinez
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1987SEA24
13
1.01.00.497-0.0
0.1
1.21.00.5470.10.2
1988SEA25
14
0.80.80.477-0.0
0.0
0.80.80.488-0.00.0
1989SEA26
65
4.94.20.5410.4
0.7
4.45.00.469-0.30.1
1990SEA27
144
16.715.50.5190.7
1.9
16.714.90.5281.02.2
1991SEA28
150
20.716.40.5582.2
3.6
19.716.10.5501.93.3
1992SEA29
135
17.715.70.5310.9
2.3
19.214.70.5652.13.5
1993SEA30
42
3.33.50.490-0.1
0.3
3.53.40.5040.00.4
1994SEA31
89
9.28.90.5080.2
1.0
9.98.20.5480.91.7
1995SEA32
145
16.69.30.6393.1
4.7
15.910.10.6132.54.1
1996SEA33
139
16.710.40.6162.7
4.4
15.210.30.5952.03.6
1997SEA34
155
14.111.20.5581.1
2.7
15.711.30.5821.93.5
1998SEA35
154
15.111.90.5591.1
2.8
14.911.40.5661.22.9
1999SEA36
142
13.39.50.5841.6
3.0
13.39.70.5781.42.9
2000SEA37
153
15.611.10.5841.8
3.6
15.811.00.5892.03.8
2001SEA38
132
14.58.40.6332.8
4.3
13.29.60.5781.53.1
2002SEA39
97
9.06.60.5751.0
2.0
9.07.00.5630.91.9
2003SEA40
145
14.511.70.5541.1
2.7
13.010.80.5450.82.3
2004SEA41
141
8.812.60.410-2.1
-0.7
9.610.70.473-0.70.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,055
212.5168.80.55718.4
39.6
211.1166.30.55919.039.9
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
34
3.33.10.511 0.43.12.60.541 0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,089
215.8171.90.557
39.9
214.1168.90.559 40.4


This is Edgar Martinez's sixth year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot. In my 2013 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I looked at how Martinez's career compared to other career DHs. For my 2014 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I looked at how Martinez's career compared to other members of the Seattle Mariners. In my 2015 Hall-of-Fame ballot series, I compared Edgar Martinez to the pitcher most similar to Martinez in career value, Orel Hershiser.

This year, I'm going to look at the core of Edgar Martinez's Hall-of-Fame case: his batting. Edgar Martinez played over 70% of his major-league career as a designated hitter. Obviously, that doesn't allow a lot of opportunity for Martinez to have accumulated fielding value as a player (although Martinez was actually an above-average fielder over the course of his career, just over relatively few games). Martinez was also not much of a baserunner. So, that leaves batting.

The next table, then, shows the top 30 batters since 1969, as measured by batting wins over non-pitcher average. One adjustment has been made here, which favors Edgar Martinez. As I said, Martinez was a below-average baserunner. He was also a right-handed hitter who tended to hit the ball hard. All of that translated into Martinez being particularly poor at what I call Component 7 - which measures the tendency of ground balls in double-play situations being converted into double plays. Since this is arguably more of a "baserunning" component than a "batting" component, I have excluded it from the table below.

Top 30 Batters since 1969
(excluding Double Plays)
eWins eLosses WinPct eWOPA
1Barry Bonds303.5180.70.62757.0
2Frank E. Thomas220.5153.80.58933.1
3Mike Schmidt228.8156.50.59432.6
4Jim Thome222.6157.60.58531.8
5Albert Pujols251.1183.70.57831.1
6Manny Ramirez218.6155.20.58531.1
7Alex Rodriguez259.4196.10.56931.1
8Mark McGwire177.7116.40.60429.7
9Reggie Jackson230.9171.90.57328.5
10Jeff Bagwell210.8148.30.58727.9
11Miguel Cabrera209.9154.90.57526.2
12Gary Sheffield232.2174.70.57126.1
13Chipper Jones228.9170.60.57325.7
14David Ortiz216.6165.80.56624.9
15Ken Griffey Jr.236.7186.80.55923.6
16Rickey Henderson256.0207.30.55323.6
17Rafael Palmeiro246.5198.60.55423.4
18Jason Giambi184.6137.30.57423.2
19Fred McGriff215.9165.90.56523.0
20Jack Clark177.7128.30.58122.3
21Edgar Martinez179.2134.90.57122.0
22Eddie Murray260.3215.40.54721.4
23Joe L. Morgan193.9145.40.57221.3
24Carlos Delgado180.3136.30.56921.1
25Lance Berkman168.4121.70.58021.0
26Willie Stargell140.894.80.59820.9
27Dave Winfield253.7209.10.54820.7
28George Brett238.5198.20.54620.2
29Todd Helton195.7149.70.56720.1
30Joey Votto138.894.90.59420.0

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



So, Edgar Martinez was one of the top 30 hitters of the past 49 seasons.

2016 Hall of Fame Ballot Series




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