Seriously Mike, maybe it would be an argument I would listen to coming from someone who's NOT a violently outspoken Yankees fan. Here are their career lines:
Martinez: 8674 PAs, 514 doubles, 309 home runs .312/.418/.515 147 OPS+
Williams: 9053 PAs, 449 doubles, 287 home runs .297/.381./.477 125 OPS+
Williams' best MVP result was 7th, Martinez was 3rd in 1995 when he was at least the best bat in the AL, if not the world. These career offensive lines don't look AT ALL the same to me. You could look at one year and not be sure if it was one of Bernie's better years or Edgar's down years, and then say "well, they're both consistent, so if you can't tell whose season it is they must be equal." Except that's a bullshit argument. When you actually look at the cumulative numbers, rather than saying "they both hit .300/20/100 every year," they aren't as similar as you want it to seem. 37 points of OBP are huge, 38 points of SLG aren't insignificant. Martinez also revolutionized a position, albeit the least meaningful position in baseball. That counts for something as well. I voted yes on Edgar and no on Bernie, and you haven't even begun to convince me that this was wrong.