Edgar Martinez Pre-DH
Edgar Martinez was a promising third baseman for the Seattle Mariners in the early 1990's. He was inexplicably left in the minors until 26 and didn't get a full-time starting job until 27, despite routinely hitting well above .300 in AAA. Suffered a series of horrific leg injuries in 1993 and 1994.
Edgar Martinez the DH
Becoming a full-time DH in 1995, Martinez put up one of the most impressive seven year spans in recent history. During this time frame, he averaged .329/.450/.571 with 100 R 42 2Bs 28 HRs and 110 RBI. He won two batting titles, five Silver Sluggers, and was named to seven All-Star teams. He is one of only six players in MLB history to have 300 home runs, 500 doubles, a .300+ career average, and a career OBP of .400+.
Edgar Martinez Post-DH
After retiring in 2004 at the age of 41, Bud Selig honored the slugger by naming the award for best Designated Hitter in the league after him. The small street just south of Safeco Field was also renamed in his honor. He is currently three years away from being on the hall of fame ballot, a subject that brings up much discussion amongst people. Those that are against the Designated Hitter won't hear of him being voted in. Others don't believe he should be voted in because he never amassed enough stats. Those that do believe he should be voted in point towards the case of Paul Molitor as someone who spent a good portion of his career at DH getting into the hall of fame. Other still mention the fact that he wasn't given regular playing time until 27.
If Edgar Martinez doesn't eventually make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame, baseball can go fuck off.
"It's a light bat!"