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Hot Stove Lunch: David Ortiz could soon benefit from election of Edgar Martinez

David Ortiz wasn't on the ballot Tuesday, but his Hall of Fame chances might have improved anyway.

The election of Edgar Martinez, in his final year of eligibility, could help boost Ortiz's chances when he becomes eligible in 2022.

Martinez became the first player elected to Cooperstown who spent the vast majority of his career at DH. Others (Harold Baines, Frank Thomas, Paul Molitor) had been used at the position often, but not as much as Martinez.

There was once a stigma attached to being "just'' a DH and some voters refused to vote for players who didn't contribute defensively. And even with Martinez's election, it will require a special career at DH to gain admission. Ortiz qualifies, certainly.