Born in the Dominican Republic, right-handed pitcher Pedro Martinez debuted at the age of 20 with the L.A. Dodgers in 1992, and for the next 18 seasons, (Los Angeles 1992-93, Montreal Expos 1994-97, Boston Red Sox 1998-2004, New York Mets 2005-08, and Philadelphia Phillies 2009) he would be one of the most dominant hurlers and prolific strikeout artists in the game. During an era dominated by hitters he would total 3154 strikeouts, and post a lifetime 2.93 ERA, while recording a 219-100 career record. He led his league in ERA 5 times, and strikeouts 3 times (including 2 seasons over 300). He won the Cy Young Award 3 times, in 1997 with Montreal, and in 1999 and 2000 with Boston, and was an 8 time All-Star. He was an important member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team, and the 2009 NL pennant-winning Philadelphia Phillies.
In 2015, he was elected to Cooperstown by the BBWAA, and his #45 was retired by the Boston Red Sox.
June 8, 2015