Edgar Martinez wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame, getting 36.2 per cent of the vote, but Andre Dawson will head to Cooperstown this year.
Edgar missing the 75 per cent plateau required isn't a surprise. His role as the designated hitter put off many voters and he spent his entire career in Seattle. For some writers, that's laboring not only in obscurity but in some AAAA league.
Congrats to Dawson, a great player who wasn't elected until his ninth year on the ballot. Like Martinez, his career numbers somehow weren't enough to garner the votes early in his candidacy.
That probably says as much about voters - 10-year veterans of the Baseball Writers of America - as about Dawson. Dawson batted .279 with 438 home runs and 1,591 RBI.
Like Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Lee Smith, Jack Morris, Mark McGwire and many others, The Edgar will have to wait at least one more year.