On Tuesday, the voting results for the 2015 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot were released and four players got in. Three of them were pitchers and first ballot Hall of Famers while the other was a third ballot and a utility player.
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Getting into the Hall of Fame this year included Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Martinez was a member of the Boston Red Sox for seven of his 18 big league seasons— longer than he spent with any other team in his career.
From 1997 to 2003, Pedro Martinez was a robot. He was unreal. Winning 118 games while losing just 36 in that time span, Pedro made 201 appearances in that time frame, 199 of which were starts and struck out 1761 batters in 1408.0 innings while tossing 11 shutouts in the regular season. He won three Cy Young Awards in that span, all of which were well-deserved. Not to mention he kicked Don Zimmer’s ass in the 2003 ALCS.
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Although 2004 was not his best season (not by a long shot), he was a valuable contributor to the World Series Championship team. Going 16-9 on the year, he posted a 3.90 ERA in 33 starts and struck out 227 batters in 217 innings. In his lone World Series start, the then number-two starter tossed seven shutout innings in game three and struck out six guys while allowing just three hits and two walks in all.
In one of the best trades in Red Sox history, the team dealt away Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. for the Hall of Famer in a deal they would do again 100 out of 100 times. That deal alone makes up for them trading Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles and Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros.
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Congratulations to Pedro, he earned it.