Edgar Martínez Award

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Edgar Martínez Award
Three pictures side by side of Edgar Martínez swinging at a pitch.
The award was renamed in honor of Edgar Martínez, a five-time winner, upon his retirement.
Awarded for Most outstanding designated hitter in the American League in Major League Baseball
Country United States
Presented by Baseball Writers Association of America
First awarded 1973
Currently held by Víctor Martínez, Detroit Tigers

The Edgar Martínez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, commonly referred to as the Edgar Martínez Award and originally known as the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, has been presented annually to the most outstanding designated hitter (DH) in the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1973. The award is voted on by club beat reporters, broadcasters and AL public relations departments. All players with a minimum of 100 at bats at DH are eligible.[1] It was given annually by members of the Associated Press who are beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations directors. The Associated Press discontinued the award in 2000, but it was picked up by the Baseball Writers Association of America, which has administered it since.[2]

In September 2004, at Safeco Field ceremonies in honor of Edgar Martínez, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the award would be renamed for the five-time recipient (1995, 1997–98, 2000–01).[3] In an 18-year career with the Seattle Mariners, primarily as a designated hitter, Martínez batted .312, with 309 career home runs and 1,261 runs batted in.[4]

David Ortiz has won the award seven times, more than any other player (2003–2007, 2011, 2013).[5][6] Other repeat winners of the award include Martinez himself (five times), three-time winner Hal McRae (1976, 1980, and 1982) and two-time winners Willie Horton (1975 and 1979), Greg Luzinski (1981 and 1983), Don Baylor (1985 and 1986), Harold Baines (1987 and 1988), Dave Parker (1989 and 1990), and Paul Molitor (1993 and 1996).[7] Boston Red Sox players have won the most Edgar Martínez Awards with ten.[2]

Key[edit]

Year The MLB season the award was given
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
Team The designated hitter's team
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who is still active
BA Batting average
HR Home runs
RBI Runs batted in
Italics Indicates player led the AL in that category

List of winners[edit]

Orlando Cepeda waving to a crowd
Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was the first winner of the award.
David Ortiz points to the sky as he steps on home plate.
David Ortiz has won the award seven times.
Year Player Team BA HR RBI Ref
1973 Cepeda, OrlandoOrlando Cepedadagger Boston Red Sox .289 20 86 [7][8]
1974 Davis, TommyTommy Davis Baltimore Orioles .289 11 84 [7][9]
1975 Horton, WillieWillie Horton Detroit Tigers .275 25 92 [7][10]
1976 McRae, HalHal McRae Kansas City Royals .332 8 73 [11][12]
1977 Rice, JimJim Ricedagger Boston Red Sox .320 39 114 [13][14]
1978 Staub, RustyRusty Staub Detroit Tigers .273 24 121 [7][15]
1979 Horton, WillieWillie Horton (2) Seattle Mariners .279 29 106 [10][16]
1980 McRae, HalHal McRae (2) Kansas City Royals .297 14 83 [7][12]
1981 Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski Chicago White Sox .265 21 62 [7][17]
1982 McRae, HalHal McRae (3) Kansas City Royals .308 27 133 [12][18]
1983 Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski (2) Chicago White Sox .255 32 95 [7][17]
1984 Kingman, DaveDave Kingman Oakland Athletics .268 35 118 [7][19]
1985 Baylor, DonDon Baylor New York Yankees .231 23 91 [20][21]
1986 Baylor, DonDon Baylor (2) Boston Red Sox .238 31 94 [7][21]
1987 Baines, HaroldHarold Baines Chicago White Sox .293 20 93 [7][22]
1988 Baines, HaroldHarold Baines (2) Chicago White Sox .277 13 81 [7][22]
1989 Parker, DaveDave Parker Oakland Athletics .264 22 97 [7][23]
1990 Parker, DaveDave Parker (2) Milwaukee Brewers .289 21 92 [7][23]
1991 Davis, ChiliChili Davis Minnesota Twins .277 29 93 [7][24]
1992 Winfield, DaveDave Winfielddagger Toronto Blue Jays .290 26 108 [7][25]
1993 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays .332 22 111 [7][26]
1994 Not awarded due to the players' strike [7]
1995 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .356 29 113 [4][7]
1996 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger (2) Minnesota Twins .341 9 113 [26][27]
1997 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez (2) Seattle Mariners .330 28 108 [4][7]
1998 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez (3) Seattle Mariners .322 29 102 [4][7]
1999 Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers .324 47 148 [7][28]
2000 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez (4) Seattle Mariners .324 37 145 [4][7]
2001 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez (5) Seattle Mariners .306 23 116 [4][7]
2002 Burks, EllisEllis Burks Cleveland Indians .301 32 91 [7][29]
2003 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .288 31 101 [30][31]
2004 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (2) Boston Red Sox .301 41 139 [31][32]
2005 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (3) Boston Red Sox .300 47 148 [31][33]
2006 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (4) Boston Red Sox .287 54 137 [31][34]
2007 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (5) Boston Red Sox .332 35 117 [5][31]
2008 Huff, AubreyAubrey Huff* Baltimore Orioles .304 32 108 [35][36]
2009 Lind, AdamAdam Lind* Toronto Blue Jays .305 35 114 [1][37]
2010 Guerrero, VladimirVladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers .300 29 115 [38][39]
2011 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (6) Boston Red Sox .309 29 96 [6]
2012 Butler, BillyBilly Butler* Kansas City Royals .313 29 107 [40]
2013 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* (7) Boston Red Sox .309 30 103 [41]
2014 Martínez, VíctorVíctor Martínez* Detroit Tigers .335 32 103 [42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

In-line citations
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