With the 2017 Hall of Fame selection announcement just a few weeks away, former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez has assumed the position in an effort to pump out the final votes he needs to be pushed past the nomination threshold.
“I took a lot of inspiration from this year’s presidential election,” said Martinez inside a bathroom stall at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown Saturday. “I looked at what Trump and Clinton did in order to get as far as they did and this is what I came up with.”
Martinez, who is entering his ninth year on the Hall of Fame ballot, is hoping to break the stigma that designated hitters have faced when trying to get nominated by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) into the Hall of Fame.
“What Frank Thomas did was great but it only did so much given the fact that he started his career as a first baseman. I mean, they named the DH award after me for pete sakes. If I don’t get in, who will? Is Big Papi a lock? I don’t know. From what I heard, he isn’t that good at bending over like most Hall of Fame inductees.”
Edgar Martinez’s percentage of the BBWAA vote has risen over the past few ballots; capping off at 43.4% in 2016. Early projections from announced ballots have Martinez sitting just shy of 69% of the vote. A player needs 75% of the vote in order to be nominate to the Hall of Fame. Martinez credits his surge from 43.4% to nearly 69% of the vote to retooling is get out the vote message.
“I allowed myself to be blindfolded for the first time this year. It’s about building trust. After seeing the amount of blind trust President Trump has in Vladimir Putin, I thought it was high-time I trust any and all BBWAA voters, in the same manner, to do the right thing.”
Results from the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting are announced January 18th, 2017.