Forget about Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. If anyone was going to get into the Hall of Fame this year, David Ortiz hoped it was going to be Edgar Martinez.

“What else can you do after you put up numbers like the ones that he put up?” Ortiz told the Herald yesterday. “Good players are good players, no matter if you’re a DH, if you’re a position player. He put up numbers like any good player.”

Ortiz, of course, is biased. The Red Sox slugger has been a designated hitter for nearly his entire 16-year career. No player who has spent the majority of his career as a DH has been elected to the Hall of Fame, even though the American League instituted the position in 1973.

Ortiz, who has the most career RBI among DHs with 1,326, passed Martinez’ total of 1,261 in 2011. Martinez also had 2,247 hits, 309 homers and a .933 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in an 18-year career spent entirely with the Seattle Mariners.

Yet Martinez never has received more than 36.5 percent of the votes for the Hall of Fame. Last month, in his fourth year on the ballot, he received only 35.9 percent.

“Don’t count him out just because he was a DH,” said Ortiz, who carries 1,863 hits, 401 HRs and a .928 OPS into 2013. “People have to get over the DHing thing. We didn’t come out and say, ‘Hey, we want to be a DH.’ The DH is part of the game. I know I’m going to want to be in the Hall of Fame someday for what I’ve accomplished in the game. Are you going to tell me I didn’t try because I’m a DH?”