“To be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon his first year of eligibility speaks volumes regarding Pedro’s outstanding career, and is a testament to the respect and admiration so many in baseball have for him.” – Red Sox owner John Henry
Pedro Martinez grew up in a baseball family. His father, Paulino Martinez, was a noted pitcher in the Dominican Republic in the 1950s. His brothers Ramon and Jesus also went on to have professional careers pitching in the major and minor leagues.
With a career 219-100 record, a lifetime ERA of 2.93, and 3,194 strikeouts before retiring, Pedro is easily regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history. His fastball consistently clocked in at 95-98 mph, and his change-up has been considered a weapon. An eight-time All Star who won three Cy Young Awards before entering the MLB Hall of Fame in 2015, Pedro’s accolades reflect the determination and talent of a true champion.
Pedro collects his 3000th career strikeout when he retires Aaron Harang, becoming the 15th man in Major League history to strike out 3,000 batters. Pedro also joined Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson to become the third 3,000-strikeout pitcher to have more strikeouts than innings pitched, and is also the first Latin American pitcher to have 3,000 strikeouts.