There are just seven players in major league history with at least 300 HR, at least 500 2B, a career batting average of at least .300, a career on-base percentage of at least .400, and a career slugging percentage of at least .500. Their names are Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Manny Ramirez, and Edgar Martinez. Five are in the Hall Of Fame, one is still active, and Martinez will be on the Hall Of Fame ballot this year. The knock on Martinez is that voters seem to be reluctant to induct a designated hitter, because they didn’t play the “whole” game. Martinez’s fielding was actually not all that bad of a fielder. He started his career as a okay-fielding third baseman, with the understanding that he would move to first base later in his career. But in an exhibition game prior to the 1993 season, Martinez suffered an injury from which he never fully recovered, causing him to move full time to the DH slot. The injury also caused him to miss most of the 1993 and 1994 seasons, his age 30 and 31 seasons. Martinez was an extremely durable player, but he did miss the majority of three seasons with injury, he also lost three years at the beginning of his career when he was blocked at third base. So, despite is 18-year career, he only really had 12 full seasons. Eliminating his injuries, Martinez’s numbers over a full 162-game season are solidly consistent, from age 27-41: .313/.421/.521, 25 HR, 42 2B, 1 3B, 181 H, 99 R, 102 RBI, 97 SO, 105 BB. Martinez was a rare breed of hitter. A slugger with a huge home park, he could easily consistently have belted 30 HR out of any other, he learned to drive the ball for extra bases, and high RBI totals, and the big one, in 8 of his 12 full seasons, walked more than he struck out, often by large amounts. Hank Aaron, the “great” most comparable to Martinez, 35 HR, 31 2B, .307/.375/.559 per year, didn’t come anywhere close to doing that. Oh yes, did I forget to mention that Martinez was a great playoff hitter. I think I neglected to say that he played in a huge pitchers era. Fit the pieces together, Edgar Martinez is a Hall Of Famer, and the voters must put him there.