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5. Pedro Martinez

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Pedro Martinez
Pedro Martinez did not physically look like a power pitcher, but that is exactly what he was. Pedro “only” won 216 games, but lost a mere 100 games giving him one of the best winning percentages in history. If his low win total is an issue for some, his three Cy Young Awards more than make up for it as does his 3,000 plus Strikeouts.

The Domincan won the ERA title five times, the WHIP title six times and the most Strikeouts three times. His career WAR of 86.0 is more than enough to put him in the Baseball Hall of Fame and with that stat alone we could say case closed. Either way, we will be shocked if he doesn’t enter in his first year or shortly thereafter.



The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Manoguayobo, Dominican Republic

Position:
Pitcher

Played for:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Montreal Expos
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies

Major Accolades and Awards:
Cy Young Award (3) (NL) (1997) (AL) (1999 & 2000)
All Star Game MVP (1999)
8 Time All Star (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2006)
Highest WAR for Pitchers (4) (NL) (1997) (AL) (1999, 2000 & 2003)
Lowest Earned Run Average (5) (NL) (1997) (AL) (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
Most Wins (1) (AL) (1999)
Most Strikeouts (3) (AL) (1999, 2000 & 2002)
Most Complete Games (1) (NL) (1997)
Most Shutouts (1) (AL) (2000)
World Series Rings (1) (Boston Red Sox, 2004)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten MVP Finishes: (AL: 1999, 2nd) & (AL: 2002, 5th)
Other Top Ten Cy Young Finishes (Won the 1997 NL & 1999 & 2000 AL Cy Young)
(AL: 1998, 2nd), (AL: 2002, 2nd), (AL: 2003, 3rd) & (AL: 2004, 4th)
8   Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
9 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
6   Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
12 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
10 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
13.   Strikeouts: 3,154
17.   WAR for Pitchers: 86.0
76:   Wins: 219

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame
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Should Be Inducted As A:
Boston Red Sox


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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2013-10-18 20:15
I've written extensively about Pedro in my DDT's Pop Flies column on this site, so I'll just point out that from the year that he became a full-time starter in 1995 (30 starts, nearly 200 innings) through 2003, a span of nine years, Martinez was one of the most dominant pitchers in all of baseball--and recall that this is at the height of the Steroids Era.

From 1997 to 2003, he never had an ERA below 3.00 (and he began pitching his home games in Fenway Park in 1998). Martinez's span is one of the most impressive in baseball history, up there with Christy Mathewson, Pete Alexander, Walter Johnson, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, and maybe a few others. That span is also better than Sandy Koufax's, which lasted only six years (albeit ended, as was his career, by injury), and occurred in a period of pitchers' dominance.

The ballot is logjammed, PEDs paranoia is still a factor, and enough voters consider the "classic" stats such as wins to be significant indicators, but Pedro is clean, lean, and mean. He's not only a legitimate first-ballot choice, he should also be an actual one. We'll see, though.
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