Where do the contemporary hitters line up on this impossibly-difficult Edgar scale? 80 grade batting average and C the Z ... 80 grade walks and RC/27 ... 80 grade power and RBI.
Joey Votto is even better than I thought he was. He has hit .315 / .433 / .540 the last eight years. How much do you care, though, that he lacks Edgar's consistency? It is impossible to imagine Prime Edgar slugging .409 in any season, as Votto did in 2014. And except for 2012, he's more of a .300 hitter from the left side, as opposed to Edgar raking for batting championships while crawling out of the right hand batter's box on all fours.
Votto's great, and his walks are even better than Edgar's, maybe. You decide whether he passes on the Edgar Scale. :- )
Mike Trout (!) is a 70-80-80 hitter, but add 70 speed into the bargain. Caveats and quid pro quo's, LrKrBoi29. We ain't talking about the best players here, LOL. This is a quasi-sabermetric tour of the 80-80-80 hitters lately -- the guys who stepped in, bases loaded tie game, and you were Just. Doomed.
Chipper Jones had a great run as a 70-80-70 infielder. I love the 70-80-70 profile, don't you?
David Ortiz does not hit .300; he is a PLUS hitter, 60 grade, with 80+ walks and 80+ power. He hit .238 one year, .260-.270 other years, this being in Fenway Park which adds maybe 25 points to AVG. Maybe he's a better overall player than Edgar even over a 7-year period -- you tell me!, I'm just skimming through here -- and his peak has lasted a LONG time. He has been a .280/.380/.600 (!) hitter since the year 2003, George W. Bush's first term. Edgar's real peak lasted 7.5 years, not 14 years. As Randy Johnson gave the game 2 or 3 Sandy Koufaxes strung together, David Ortiz has given the majors 2 Edgar Martinezes strung together. Well, y'know.
That's all I can think of for 80-80-80 candidates who take over an ALCS because you can't get them out. ;- ) By strict criteria there have been what, Edgar and about 4 others since 1977, when the Mariners were born. For comparison's sake:
Kyle Seager if you assume 2016 is his new level, makes about --- > 60-65-70 on these scales. Good batting average, Quite Good walks, Excellent power. Nice in the infield!
Nelson Cruz - leading the league in homers is by definition "80" power. We all ooooh and aaaah about his rawhide-tough "hard RBI" to right field in a pinch. The last two years he has batted .295 in Safeco. Over the last few years I'm going to be generous and call him a 65-70 HIT tool. Leaving him at 65-55-80.
You see how hard it is to find an 80-80-80 guy...
Robinson Cano, if you take .310/.360/.525 as his established level of performance, that translates to 75-55-75.
Jean Segura last year :- ) went .319/.368/.499 -- 80-55-70.
The Mariners ballclub last year hit .259 / .326 / .430, for a 106 OPS+. The OPS+ is 60 grade, perhaps 65 at the edges, comparing one roster to other rosters. The AVG / OBP / SLG (thumb on the scale for Safeco) would be 50-60-65, second in the league in home runs, pretty good at C the Z, only fair in terms of base hits.
Next up, SABRMatt's interesting idea that Edgar is a Rosa Parks symbol for Hall of Fame 'injustice.' And therefore worth gettin' riled up about.