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Jays Adam Lind Wins Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 16:20

Adam LindAdam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays has captured his first Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, named in 2004 in honor of the former Seattle Mariners designated hitter and 2010 Hall of Fame candidate.

Lind appeared in 95 games as a designated hitter in 2009, batting .299 with 21 home runs and 74 runs batted in.  Adam also posted a .539 slugging percentage and a .362 on-base percentage in addition to collecting 200 total bases, 60 runs scored and 26 doubles as a DH.  Overall, the 26-year-old appeared in 151 total games this season, batting .305 with 35 homers and setting club highs with 114 RBI and 46 doubles.  His 81 extra-base hits were second best in the A.L., while his 114 total RBI placed third and his 35 homers, his 46 doubles and his 330 total bases all ranked fifth.

Among the highlights of Lind’s season were a six-RBI game on Opening Day vs. Detroit, the most Opening Day RBI in club history; an eight-RBI game at Texas on August 31st, the second-best single-game total in club history; a walk-off home run on September 26th vs. Seattle; and homers in three consecutive at-bats on September 29th at Boston.  The Indiana native’s 12 RBI in Toronto ’s first seven games of the 2009 campaign were the most by a Jay in that span since Joe Carter collected 12 in 1994.  With his walk-off blast on September 26th, the University of South Alabama product became only the second player in club history to hit two lead-changing homers in the eighth inning or later in the same game (previous: Roberto Alomar, 1991).

In addition to his recognition as the 2009 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter, the third-round selection of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft also won his first Louisville Silver Slugger Award.  The lefty slugger is the third Blue Jay to win the honor of Outstanding Designated Hitter, joining Hall of Famers Dave Winfield (1992) and Paul Molitor (1993), both of whom won during Toronto ’s World Series Championship seasons.

The Outstanding Designated Hitter Award has been presented annually since 1973.  In September 2004, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced at a Safeco Field ceremony that the award would be renamed in honor of Martinez, the retiring five-time recipient of the Outstanding DH Award (1995, 1997-98, 2000, 01).  In an 18-year career with the Mariners, primarily as a designated hitter, Edgar batted .312 with 309 career home runs, 1,261 RBI, a .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage.

Votes are cast by club beat writers, broadcasters and American League public relations departments.  Nominees included all players with a minimum of 100 at-bats as a designated hitter.

Lind won by a slim margin over 2009 World Series Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet Hideki Matsui, who took second place in the balloting after posting a .270 batting average, 27 home runs and 86 RBI as a designated hitter for the New York Yankees.  Five-time winner David Ortiz (.235, 26 HR, 94 RBI as a DH) of the Boston Red Sox finished third in the voting.

Select Read More to see a list of the previous winners of the award


Orlando Cepeda, BOS



Don Baylor, NYY



Edgar Martinez, SEA


Tommy Davis, BAL



Don Baylor, BOS



Edgar Martinez, SEA


Willie Horton, SEA



Harold Baines, CWS



Rafael Palmeiro, TEX


Hal McRae, KC



Harold Baines, CWS



Edgar Martinez, SEA


Jim Rice, BOS



Dave Parker, OAK



Edgar Martinez, SEA


Rusty Staub, DET



Dave Parker, MIL



Ellis Burks, CLE


Willie Horton, SEA



Chili Davis , MIN



David Ortiz, BOS


Hal McRae, KC



Dave Winfield, TOR



David Ortiz, BOS


Greg Luzinski, CWS



Paul Molitor, TOR



David Ortiz, BOS


Hal McRae, KC



Not awarded



David Ortiz, BOS


Greg Luzinski, CWS



Edgar Martinez, SEA



David Ortiz, BOS


Dave Kingman, OAK



Paul Molitor, MIN



Aubrey Huff, BAL


Source: Major League Baseball

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