"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
I've ranted on and on about this, but Edgar Martinez needs to be in the Hall of Fame. Needs. To. Be.
Best designated hitter ever. Is that kind of a backhanded compliment? Perhaps. Yes, he did not play in the field for the majority of his career. And relievers didn't pitch for the majority of any game for the majority of their career. And yet relief pitchers are pretty important, right? And knocking the snot out of the ball, scoring runs and being a great team leader is pretty important too, right?
I'm not going to go over all the stats again — I did so in an earlier blog, so you can find that here.
But here are a couple of new thoughts:
1) With the newest revelations about the new generation of baseball stars possibly using performance-enhancing substances, it's time to look back again at the "Steroid Era" and note who's in the Hall of Fame — and particularly who is NOT (Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, etc.). Then look at a clean Edgar. He already looked like a good HOF candidate before those revelations. Now he looks downright golden.
2) On July 10 on the Dan Patrick Show, folks were asked to weigh in on the daily poll question, "Who is the greatest designated hitter of all time?" The question came up because David Ortiz just passed Harold Baines for most hits by a DH. Here are the results:
Edgar Martinez 208 (33.66%)
David Ortiz 147
Frank Thomas 145
Paul Molitor 98
Harold Baines 20 Yep. Kudos to Edgar. The fans get it. Now the HOF folks need to as well.
3) This is my favorite: Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all time and despite being a Yankee but an all-around great guy, was asked during the All-Star break who was the toughest hitter to get out. His answer? "Edgar Martinez. Oh my God. I think every pitcher will say that, because this man was tough. Great man, though – respected the game, did what he had to do for his team. That’s what you appreciate about players, when a player come and do what is right for the game of baseball, for his team and teammates." (From New York Daily News) Edgar hit .625 off of Rivera lifetime with five extra-base hits and six RBIs.
ESPn writer David Schoenfield, admittedly a Mariner fan, is on board (click here). Fellow ESPNer Jayson Stark was too (see here), although he left 'Gar off his most recent ballot. Both pieces explain Edgar's greatness better than I can, but the point is clear: Get this man to Cooperstown.