Sodo Mojo’s/Mariners Fans Hall of Fame Vote: Who’s In, Who’s Out?
The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce their 2019 class in about 10 days. There is one name, and one name only, that Mariners fans are watching this time around.
Of course, that player is Edgar Martinez. Mariners fans have pounded the table for Edgar’s induction for the past 10 years, and in his final year of eligibility, all signs point to him joining the greatest collection of players in the history of the sport.
But of course, there are more than 25 players on the ballot this year and nothing starts a heated debate faster than a Hall of Fame ballot. So we decided, as a staff, to make our own ballot’s and “elect” a hall of fame class as a website.
Seven of our writers sent in an anonymous ballot that follows the rules the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) when they vote. We could vote for a max of 10 players, only those on the ballot were eligible, and 75% of the vote is needed to get in our “Hall of Fame”.
We also introduced a wild-card, asking readers to vote on a poll to make a consensus “fan ballot”. The Top 10 vote-getters make up this fan ballot, making it the 8th and final ballot for our consideration.
So for those of you math whizzes out there, it takes 6 votes to reach the 75% plateau. So now, without further ado, let’s take a look at what we have come up with. (For a full look at our ballots, click here).
Edgar Martinez 8/8
I mean, obviously, Edgar was getting in. This is a Seattle Mariners fan blog after all. All 7 of our writers voted for him, and all 37 of our voters for the fan ballot included him as well. The fact that Gar isn’t in “The Hall” already is a damn shame.
However, it appears that Edgar Martinez will finally take his rightful place in Cooperstown this summer. He is tracking at around 90% with roughly 1/3 of the projected ballots publicized. For the rest of the unknown ballots, Edgar would only need to be on about 65% of them.
Edgar numbers speak for themselves. His .311/.418/.515 slash line, in addition to his 309 HR, 514 2B, 1,283 walks, and 1,261 RBI put him in elite company. Edgar is the best Designated Hitter to ever play the game, and will finally be immortalized for all eternity.