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Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

Position(s):
P, 3B
Born:
October 25, 1971
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-24-1992 with LAN
Allstar Selections:
1997 CY, 1997 TSN, 1999 AsMVP, 1999 CY, 1999 TC, 1999 TSN, 2000 CY, 2000 TSN

 

Where does Pedro Martinez rank among baseball greats? Pedro Martinez ranks among the Top 50 all-time at SP.

Pedro Martinez Teammates

 

Best Season: 1999
In a league that averaged 5.07 earned runs per game, Pedro Martinez was stingly — spinning a 2.07 ERA. He won the triple crown (23 wins, 313 K's, ERA title), walking just 37 batters and surrendering only nine homers in more than 213 innings. In consecutive starts in May, he fanned 15 batters in each game. Thirteen times he fanned at least 10 batters, and he carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning or later three times. In the All-Star Game at Fenway Park, Martinez was named MVP after he pitched two hitless innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced. At Yankee Stadium in September, Pedro set a record by striking out 17 New York batters, winning 3-1 on a one-hitter. The lanky right-hander won his second Cy Young Award and was second in MVP voting to Ivan Rodriguez. In the playoffs, he allowed five hits in 17 innings, fanning 31, while allowing no runs, despite a sore back.

 

Factoids
Pedro Martinez finished second in Cy Young voting in both 1998 (to Roger Clemens) and 2002 (behind Barry Zito).

On June 30, 1997, Canada's two major league teams met in the regular season for the first time. Pedro Martinez grabbed the spotlight for the Montreal Expos, firing a three-hit, 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

On April 17, 2006, Pedro Martinez notched his 200th career victory and became just the second pitcher to win that milestone game while a member of the New York Mets. The first was Orel Hershiser.

Pitchers Who Struck Out the Side on Nine Pitches in the First Inning
Sandy Koufax, June 30, 1962
Pedro Martinez, May 18, 2002
Rick Helling, June 20, 2006

Source: Trent McCotter

Description
Pedro is thin, wiry even, with long hands and spindly arms. He almost looks like a punk, with his permed hair (at times) and cheesy thin mustache. But beneath that tiny frame beats the heart of an intense competitor and his right arm is a gift from God.

 

Where He Played
Starting pitcher: the only season he was used primarily as a reliever was in LA in 1993 (63 relief appearances, two saves).

 

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1992
Jeff Kent
Mike Piazza
Bret Boone
Eric Young
Tim Salmon
Pedro Martinez
J.T. Snow
Javy Lopez
Dan Wilson

Uniform Numbers
#45 (1992-2004), #37 (1994 Expos)

 

Similar Players
Satchel Paige

 

Related Players
His brother Ramon Martinez won 135 games for the Dodgers, Red Sox and Pirates, from 1988-2001... When Martinez won his first Cy Young Award, in 1997, he dedicated it to Hall of Fame Dominican-native Juan Marichal... When he was traded to the Red Sox prior to the 1998 season, he replaced the departed Roger Clemens as ace of the Boston staff. Later, the two had several post-season duels.

 

Post-Season Appearances
1998 American League Divisional Series
2004 World Series

 

Post-Season Notes
Martinez owns a career 6-4 record with a 3.46 ERA in the post-season, with 96 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings. In the Fall Classic, the right-hander had a 1-0 mark with seven shutout innings in his only appearance in 2004.

 

Feats
In 1999, Martinez captured the pitching Triple Crown, leading the AL in wins (23), strikeouts (313), and ERA (2.07)... Six times, Martinez has posted an ERA under 2.50 runs per game (1997, 1999-2003)... In 1993, Pedro relieved his brother Ramon while with the Dodgers, marking the first time a brother had relieved his brother since Rick and Mickey Mahler did it for the Braves in 1979... On June 3, 1995, Martinez pitched a perfect nine innings against the Padres in San Diego, but lost his perfect game in the 10th inning when Bip Roberts led off with a two-bagger... Martinez joins Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.

Notes
Won his 200th game on April 17, 2006, defeating the Braves, 4-3. He pitched into the seventh inning, and the game was saved by Billy Wagner.

 

Transactions

  • June 18, 1988: Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent.
  • November 19, 1993: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields.
  • November 18, 1997: Traded by the Montreal Expos to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later and Carl Pavano. The Boston Red Sox sent Tony Armas (December 18, 1997) to the Montreal Expos to complete the trade.
  • November 2, 2004: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 17, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
  • October 31, 2008: Granted Free Agency.
  • July 15, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • November 6, 2009: Granted Free Agency.

 

 Replaced
When Pedro earned his first job in a starting rotation (1994 Expos), he effectively replaced veteran Dennis Martinez, who had left for Cleveland. In spring training of 1995, the Expos dealt Ken Hill to St. Louis, which really cleared the way for Pedro as the ace of the staff.


Best Strength as a Player
Control. In his prime, Martinez darted his 95+ fastball like a BB at the hitters' knees consistently, which made him very difficult. He is also adept at utilizing several different arm angles.

Largest Weakness as a Player
Durability. Martinez thin frame means he rarely goes beyond 100 pitches with effectiveness. He's basically a 6-7 inning pitcher, and has thrown more than 220 innings just twice in his career. Through 2009, Pedro had completed just 46 of his 409 career regular season starts.

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1999 ALDS1, 2003 ALCS, 2004 World Series, 2009 World Series, Boston Red Sox, Cy Young Award, Don Zimmer, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Current, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies
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