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As a designated hitter, Edgar Martinez is a Hall of Famer based off what he did at the dish. It’s hard to argue his stats.

In fact, the defining the moment of his career came just days before the 1997 ALCS started, as Martinez’s double lifted the Mariners of the Yankees in the Division Series.

But the man known for hitting over .300 and clubbing doubles into the gap was essentially a non-factor when Seattle needed him most, with the pennant on the line.

Martinez ended the regular season batting an astonishing .356 with a 1.107 OPS. Then, there was that aforementioned memorable double against the Yankees.

However, he was 2-of-26, good enough for an .087 batting average against the Tribe in a series that went six games. Dennis Martinez, Nagy, Hershiser, Julian Tavarez, Eric Punk, it didn’t matter. Martinez wasn’t doing any damage against anybody.

Martinez didn’t strike out a lot, he just didn’t have any hits in him. He grounded out three times in Game 1, in what would be a Mariners victory. He hit three fly-ball outs against Orel Hershiser in Game 2.  in Game 4, he had one of his two hits, but he grounded out a couple times and lined out with Ken Hill on the rubber.

In Game 5, Hershiser struck him out twice, while he also lined out twice. His final line out ended the game.

In Game 6, he reached base three times. The first time via a hit, the second time via fielder’s choice and the third time after being hit by a pitch.

In the bottom of the ninth, he struck out marking the Mariners second out.

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Martinez and Mariners made it back to the ALCS in 2000, he played slightly better, hitting .238, but just like the 1995 squad, his team was bounced in six games.

For his career, Martinez was a lifetime .312 hitter go along with a .933 OPS.