David Ortiz wins 8th Edgar Martinez DH award, three more than Edgar ever did

Red Sox now-retired slugger David Ortiz has added another award to his mantle. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Ortiz has won the 2016 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter of the Year award.

The award has been around since 1973, when Orlando Cepeda of the Red Sox won it.

The namesake of the award, Edgar Martinez won it five times. The other multiple-time winners of the award:

Hal McRae, 3
Paul Molitor, 2
Don Baylor, 2
Harold Baines, 2
Dave Parker, 2
Greg Luzinski, 2
Willie Horton, 2

As such, when the Mariners held a ceremony to honor the retirement of Martinez in 2004, then-commissioner Bud Selig renamed the award in his honor.

In that same season, Ortiz won the award for the second time. This 2016 award? It's Ortiz's eighth. So he's dwarfed the man the award was named for.

Per MLB, here's how the winner is decided:

Ballots are cast by club beat writers, broadcasters and AL public relations departments with nominees including all players with a minimum of 100 at-bats as a designated hitter.

So we need to keep in mind only at-bats as a DH count. Nelson Cruz only got 411 at DH, but he still had to figure as Ortiz's greatest competition. Only five hitters got at least 400 at-bats at DH and here's a comparison. Again, these are numbers only at DH.

Player AVG/OBP/SLG 2B HR RBI
David Ortiz
.317/.402/.629 48 38 125
Nelson Cruz
.304/.367/.594 18 33 85
Victor Martinez
.279/.340/.456 21 24 79
Albert Pujols
.269/.318/.457 17 25 99
Kendrys Morales
.253/.317/.423
21 22 79

The other players who were DH-types (Carlos Santana, Edwin Encarnacion, etc.) would have to be considered part-time DHs.

So, really, this shouldn't have even been close. And it sounds like it wasn't, since MLB said in its press release that Ortiz "received overwhelming support."

So it's Ortiz eight, Edgar five in Edgar's award.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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