Pedro Martinez was also the first righthanded pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts with an ERA under 2.00 since Walter Johnson in 1912. The school in Boca Raton is both a fallback plan and negotiating leverage. "Nice kid," says Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez, who has spent time with him in the weight room during spring training. "I'm really excited just to put a uniform on and play baseball professionally. Martínez was also a very controversial pitcher, both on and off the field. He was inducted on July 26, 2015 and was at his entertaining best in front of the large crowd, including thousands of Dominicans who had gathered for the ceremony, dancing on stage, inviting Marichal to join him, but also stating that he wanted to be role model for young people, not just on the field but in life. Mel Rojas then relieved him to get the final three outs. His career rate for hitting batters is historically high. The belief is that Martinez Jr. is a fast-growing, gangly kid who still is an unfinished product. However, that season's American League Cy Young Award went to Barry Zito of the Oakland A's who had three more wins, despite a higher ERA, fewer strikeouts, and a lower winning percentage. Pedro Martinez stats with Red Sox (1998-2004) 117-37 2.52 ERA 1,383.1 IP 1,683 SO 22 CG 8 SHO 0.98 WHIP #RedSoxHallOfFame. But without a doubt, the skills are there. But after the Red Sox managed to wrestle Martinez away for a few prospects, his career took off. This page was last edited on 12 October 2019, at 19:10. "Because where can he get the slow legs?" I am leaning toward education, but I know he realizes he can play with those kids who have been signing in the Dominican.". In Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Martinez pointed to his head, which Yankee catcher Jorge Posada interpreted as "I'll hit you in the head", angering 72-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer. Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame on his first try, being named on 500 of 549 ballots in the 2015 Hall of Fame Election. After emerging as a solid starter for the Expos in 1994, the year the strike denied the team a shot at the postseason, he emerged as a superstar when he posted a 17-8 record for the Expos in 1997, and led the league in half a dozen pitching categories, including a 1.90 ERA, 305 strikeouts and 13 complete games pitched; he won the 1997 National League Cy Young Award. He drinks it in as if the game is liquid and he is the thirstiest man on earth. Though his father hopes he heads to college, Pedro Martinez Jr. has become a prospect major league teams may not be able to ignore when he becomes eligible to sign a contract in early July. Pedro Sr. has tried to impart what he's learned about the game to Pedro Jr. but hopes his son is recognized for his talents more than his last name. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. "Oh my gosh; you have no idea," Martinez Jr. says from his home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, during a recent telephone conversation. "Quiet. Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. pedro pitched in the steroid era in the AL East. Then, on June 1st, he volunteered to help out in the bullpen with the Expos' top two relievers, John Wetteland and Mel Rojas, both unavailable. Pedro Martinez is easily my favorite pitcher of all time. Working his legs is a priority because the weakest part of his game, according to just about everyone—his father, his uncle, scouts and Nina—is his lack of speed. Sanders rushed the mound, but Martínez held his ground and Sanders was ejected. Who's Your Daddy?!"