Edgar Martinez had a bad weekend


Well, I’m sure he’s fine, but he watched as two of his marks were surpassed on Saturday.

First, David Ortiz set the major league record for RBIs by a designated hitter, passing Martinez’s mark of 1,003. Then, later that night, Ichiro Suzuki broke Edgar Martinez’s franchise record for career hits, notching his 2,248th hit in a Mariners uniform.

Both were a foregone conclusion, of course, but the Ortiz mark is one that probably has more significance from a legacy perspective for Martinez.  His Hall of Fame case has been premised on  the notion that he is the best DH ever.  I still think that’s the case, but if Ortiz doesn’t slow down, he’ll likely take that title, either on the merits or in the popular consciousness.  Given that Martinez’s Hall of Fame vote was surprisingly anemic in his first year on the ballot — 32.9% — methinks it bodes ill for his future chances.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.