As far as Edgar is concerned thatís as much a vote for the DH. He was outstanding at a position that is not going away and needs to be recognized at some point. Iím very pro DH and think it needs to be adopted in the NL. But thatís another can of worms. Iíll re-evaluate Bagsí candidacy as time goes on. He has 13 more years.
I love this logic: "I want to make a statement about the DH, so I'm going to vote for Martinez, every year that he's been on the ballot. Bagwell, who has better numbers across the board (at least counting numbers), well, he has 13 more years. So, no need to rush into things."
Now, Martinez was a heck of a hitter. He hit over .320 for 6 consecutive seasons and missed having an OPS of 1.000 in each of those seasons by .006 in '98. I'm not going to say that he's a "bad" pick. But, using the HoF as a pulpit for pushing an agenda is shameful. Bagwell still put up better offensive numbers while playing stellar defense. Regardless of how he "feels", it's indefensible to say that Edgar Martinez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer while Bagwell is a third-ballot, at best.