Measuring Greatness


Edgar Martínez

1987-2004: 18 years | 2,055 games | 514 2B | .312 average | .933 OPS

Is Edgar Martinez headed for Cooperstown? Not this year, but he has a good shot at it next year.

No. 11, known simply as 'Gar by many, was by no means the flashy superstar his Hall-of-Fame teammate Ken Griffey Jr. was. Instead, Edgar was a mark of consistency. He was a steady force in the middle of the M's lineup, and was known for spraying the baseball all over the yard, hitting doubles and driving in runs. His most memorable moment fittingly came on a hit known now as 'The Double' that clinched the ALDS for the Mariners and became the most iconic moment in team history.

Here's a look back on Edgar's storied career.

By the numbers

All-Star games

7

Silver Sluggers

5

AL batting titles

2

MVP award votes

  • 1992 - 12th place
  • 1995 - 3rd place
  • 1997 - 14th place
  • 2000 - 6th place
  • 2001 - 16th place

Martínez vs. the League

Edgar Martínez, perennially underrated? He was regarded as too old to be a prospect. A torn hamstring relegated him to a career as a designated hitter, overlooked for MVPs and underappreciated by Hall of Fame voters for his nine-year life on the ballot. His reputation will forever be his consistency — and those doubles — but at his peak, Martínez was undoubtedly among the league’s elite. Explore his careers numbers against that season’s American League MVP, and the average American Leaguer to qualify for the batting crown.

Year by year

1987
.372
5 RBI
1988
.281
5 RBI
1989
.240
20 RBI
1990
.302
49 RBI
1991
.307
52 RBI
1992
.343
73 RBI
1993
.237
13 RBI
1994
.285
51 RBI
1995
.356
113 RBI
1996
.327
103 RBI
1997
.330
108 RBI
1998
.322
102 RBI
1999
.337
86 RBI
2000
.324
145 RBI
2001
.306
116 RBI
2002
.277
59 RBI
2003
.294
98 RBI
2004
.263
63 RBI