Edgar Martinez Award / Outstanding Designated Hitter Award
The Outstanding Designated Hitter Award was given each year by members of the Associated Press who are beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations directors. The award was given out during the first year of the designated hitter and has been an annual tradition ever since.
In 2000 the award was discontinued by the Associated Press, but picked up by the Baseball Writers Association where it continued & prospered. In 2004 the award was renamed the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in honor of DH extraordinaire Edgard Martinez who announced his retirement at the end of the regular season.
Listed below in chronological order are the recipients of the highly regarded Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. PLEASE NOTE: The Top 25 lists are yearly based, but not exclusive to designated hitters (all positions are listed).