Edgar Martinez Award

The Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award is an annual award given to the most outstanding designated hitter. The award was originally known as the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award and was first given out following the 1973 season, the inaugural year of the DH. The award was originally given out by the Associated Press which discontinued the award in 2000. The Baseball Writers Association of America picked up the award and has given it out ever since. It is voted on by club beat writers, broadcasters, and American League Public Relations Directors. In September 2004 the award was officially renamed the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in honor of the soon to be retired Edgar Martinez who, at the time, was the unquestioned greatest designated hitter of all-time.


Year Player Team
2016 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2015 Kendrys Morales Kansas City Royals
2014 Víctor Martínez Detroit Tigers
2013 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2012 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
2011 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2010 Vladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers
2009 Adam Lind Toronto Blue Jays
2008 Aubrey Huff Baltimore Orioles
2007 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2006 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2005 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2004 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2003 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
2002 Ellis Burks Cleveland Indians
2001 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
2000 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
1999 Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers
1998 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
1997 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
1996 Paul Molitor Minnesota Twins
1995 Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners
1994
1993 Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays
1992 Dave Winfield Toronto Blue Jays
1991 Chili Davis Minnesota Twins
1990 Dave Parker Milwaukee Brewers
1989 Dave Parker Oakland Athletics
1988 Harold Baines Chicago White Sox
1987 Harold Baines Chicago White Sox
1986 Don Baylor Boston Red Sox
1985 Don Baylor New York Yankees
1984 Dave Kingman Oakland Athletics
1983 Greg Luzinski Chicago White Sox
1982 Hal McRae Kansas City Royals
1981 Greg Luzinski Chicago White Sox
1980 Hal McRae Kansas City Royals
1979 Willie Horton Seattle Mariners
1978 Rusty Staub Detroit Tigers
1977 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
1976 Hal McRae Kansas City Royals
1975 Willie Horton Detroit Tigers
1974 Tommy Davis Baltimore Orioles
1973 Orlando Cepeda Boston Red Sox
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