6. Pedro Martinez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 25, 1971 in Manoguayabo, Di D.R.
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 24, 1992
  • Final Game: September 30, 2009
  • Cy Young Award - 1997
  • TSN All-Star - 1997
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1997
  • TSN All-Star - 1998
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1999
  • Cy Young Award - 1999
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1999
  • TSN All-Star - 1999
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1999
  • Cy Young Award - 2000
  • TSN All-Star - 2000
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 2000
 
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The Montreal Expos were a small market team, and as quickly as they developed stars, they were always poised to lose them.  Pedro Martinez won the National League Cy Young Award in 1997, but he was due to be free agent, so the Expos did what they always did.  They traded him for parts.  The Red Sox were the recipients of the deal, and not only did he pick up where he left off, but he also got even better.

The Dominican went 19-7 with a .289 ERA and was second in Cy Young voting, but he would shatter that year the next two seasons.  In 1999, for the first and only time in his career, Martinez would lead the AL in Wins (23), which he had against only four losses.  He led the AL in ERA (2.07), Strikeouts (313), FIP (1.39), WHIP (0.923) and SO/BB (8.46).  Martinez won the Cy Young and finished second in MVP voting.  While he finished "only" fifth in MVP voting in 2000, his second Cy Young with the BoSox was just as impressive.  Martinez went 18-6 with an AL-leading 1.74 ERA, 284 Strikeouts, 2.17 FIP, 0.737 WHIP, and an 8.88 SO/BB.  The Red Sox would make the playoffs in both 1998 and 1999, and he went 3-0, allowing only three Runs over 24 Innings.

2001 wasn’t great for Martinez as he a torn rotator cuff kept him out of the bulk of the year, but he rebounded in 2002, going 20-4, and again leading the AL with ERA (2.26), Strikeouts (239), FIP (2.24), WHIP (0.923) and SO/BB (5.98).  Arguably, he was robbed of the Cy Young when he lost to Oakland’s Barry Zito.  2003 saw Martinez finish third in Cy Young voting, again winning the ERA Title (2.22), and was first in FIP (2.21) and WHIP (1.039). 

Martinez's 2004 was his weakest with a 3.90 ERA, but in many ways, it was the most memorable.  He would help the Red Sox end the curse and win the World Series.  He won a Game in the Fall Classic and allowed no runs over seven innings.

He would join the New York Mets after as a Free Agent, and he would leave Fenway with a spectacular record of 117-37 with 1,683 Strikeouts, a 2.52 ERA, and a 0.978 WHIP.

Martinez entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, and the Red Sox would retire his number 45 that year.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Montreal Expos for Carl Pavano and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Tony Armas) 11/18/97.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets 12/17/04.
  • Games Played: 203
  • Notable Statistics: 117 Wins
    37 Losses
    201 Games Started
    2.52 ERA
    22 Complete Games
    1,383.2 Innings Pitched
    1,683 Strikeouts
    2.45 FIP,
    0.978 WHIP 
    53.5 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2004)
    Cy Young (1999 & 2000)
    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1999 & 2000)
    All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000 & 2002)
    Highest bWAR for a Pitcher (1999 & 2000)
    Lowest ERA (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Most Wins (1999)
    Lowest WHIP (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Lowest H/9 (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Lowest SO/9 (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Most Strikeouts (2000)
    Most Shutouts (1901, 1903 & 1904)
    Highest SO/BB (1999, 2000 & 2002)
    Highest ERA+ (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Lowest FIP (1999, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1999 & 2000)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (2000 & 2003)

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