It was mentioned before, but http://www.baseball-reference.com
has a Hall of Fame monitor. This is the explanation:
This is another Jamesian creation. It attempts to assess how likely (not how deserving) an active player is to make the Hall of Fame. It's rough scale is 100 means a good possibility and 130 is a virtual cinch. It isn't hard and fast, but it does a pretty good job
Entering this season, Edgar Martinez had a ranking of 128. Remember, this isn't SHOULD he be in, this is HOW LIKELY he is to be inducted.
The players around Edgar in the Hall of Fame Monitor numbers:
Garvey is the only guy in that group of retired players not in the Hall of Fame
Another thing is that Edgar's hit total is lower because he walked so much. Barry Bonds has 2685 hits and 2225 walks. It's possible he won't get to the magic 3000 hits.
If you look at Times on Base, Edgar is at 3564 times on base in his career, with a couple months left in this season. He keeps company with these Hall of Famers:
There are other Hall of Fame metrics on the Baseball Reference web site and Edgar is in the mix with other Hall of Famers in those also.
Lastly, Edgar has 2205 hits and 1272 walks. If half of those walks were hits, giving him 2805 and 672, would he then be more eligible? It's the same amount of times on base, but it looks so much better. How about 1/3 of his walks turned to hits: 2505 hits, 972 walks, would that make him Hall-worthy?
I think we've advanced to the point where we know that on-base percentage is more important than batting average. That should be a given by now.
The way I see it, Edgar has had 8,500 plate-appearances in the Major Leagues and put up a .420 OBP and only 20 players in MLB history can beat that. Only 58 players top his .518 SLG. Only 32 players can top his .938 OPS.
There are many players already in the Hall who were nowhere near the player Edgar is.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'