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“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

BASEBALL IN HIS BLOOD

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.

A Celebrated Career

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 Signs

    June 18, 1988

    Pedro is signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent.

  • MLB Debut

    September 24, 1992

    Pedro makes his big league debut with the LA Dodgers against the Cincinnati Reds, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.

  • First start

    September 30, 1992

    Pedro starts his first MLB game for the Dodgers. He gives up two runs in a 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

  • To Montreal

    November 19, 1993

    Pedro is traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Montreal Expos for second baseman Delino DeShields.

  • A Perfect 9

    June 3, 1995

    Pitching for Montreal against the San Diego Padres, Pedro retires the first 27 hitters he faces. The game remains tied at 0-0 before Montreal wins 1-0 in extra innings.

  • 300th Strikeout

    September 25, 1997

    Pedro is the first right-handed pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts with an ERA under 2.00 since Walter Johnson in 1912.

  • The Cy Young

    1997

    Pedro wins the 1997 National League Cy Young Award while with the Montreal Expos. He posts a record of 17–8 with 0 saves, an ERA of 1.9 and 305 strikeouts.

  • To Boston

    November 18, 1997

    Pedro joins the Boston Red Sox after being traded by Montreal for pitchers Tony Armas and Carl Pavano.

  • First Boston Game

    April 1, 1998

    Pedro’s opening day with Boston. He pitches seven innings, three hits, no earned runs, and 11 strikeouts with two walks.

  • SI 1998 Cover

    April 20, 1998

    Pedro takes over the cover Sports Illustrated for the first time.

  • All Star MVP

    July 13, 1999

    Pedro wins the All Star MVP for the American League while with the Boston Red Sox.

  • 17 Strikeouts

    September 11, 1999

    Pedro pitches a 17-strikeout one-hitter at Yankee Stadium in one of his most dominant games ever.

  • 300th Strikeout

    September 21, 1999

    Pedro notches his 300th strikeout of ’99 season.

  • 1999 ALDS Win

    October 11, 1999

    Pedro Martinez leads the Boston Red Sox to victory in the epic Game 5 of the 1999 American League Division Series game.

  • The Cy Young

    November 16, 1999

    Pedro wins his second Cy Young Award, this time while with the Boston Red Sox. He posts a record of 23–4 with 0 saves, an ERA of 2.07 and 313 strikeouts.

  • Triple Crown

    1999

    Pedro wins the pitching Triple Crown award (leading a league in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average) with 23 wins, 303 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.07.

  • ESPY Award

    February 1, 2000

    Pedro wins his first Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award.

  • SI 2000 Cover

    March 27, 2000

    Pedro takes over the cover Sports Illustrated for the second time.

  • The Cy Young

    2000

    Pedro wins his third American League Cy Young Award, his second while with the Boston Red Sox. He posts a record of 18–6 with 0 saves, an ERA of 1.74 and 284 strikeouts.

  • ESPY Award

    February 1, 2001

    Pedro wins his second Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award.

  • 100th Win

    September 16, 2003

    Pedro becomes only the tenth Major League pitcher in history to win at least 100 games in both the National and American baseball leagues.

  • SI 2013 Cover

    October 13, 2003

    Pedro takes over the cover Sports Illustrated for the third time.

  • World Series Win

    October 27, 2004

    Pedro leads the Boston Red Sox to their first world series win since 1918.

  • Free Agent

    November 2, 2004

    Pedro is granted free agency after finishing his Red Sox career with a 117-37 record-the highest winning percentage any pitcher has had with any team in baseball history.

  • SI 2004 Cover

    November 8, 2004

    Pedro is on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the fourth time, celebrating the World Series win with teammates Johnny Damon, David Ortiz, and Curt Schilling.

  • NY Mets

    December 17, 2004

    Pedro signs as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.

  • 3000th Strikeout

    September 3, 2007

    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.

  • To Philly

    July 15, 2009

    Pedro signs as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • 100 Games

    September 3, 2009

    Pedro becomes the 10th pitcher in history to win at least 100 games in each league.

  • Winning Starts

    2009

    Philadelphia won each of Martínez’s first seven starts, the first time in franchise history that this had occurred with any debuting Phillies pitcher.

  • Retirement

    December 4, 2011

    Pedro officially announces his retirement.

  • Tough on Jeter

    September 3, 2014

    Derek Jeter reveals that Pedro was the toughest pitcher he ever faced.

  • #45 Retired

    June 22, 2015

    Pedro’s number is officially retired in the Boston Red Sox ball club.

  • US Baseball H.O.F.

    July 25, 2015

    Pedro is the second player from the Dominican Republic ever to be inducted into the US Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Making a mark

    July 12, 2017

    Pedro is celebrated as one of 25 premiere athletes who made the greatest mark on this quarter-century to commemorate the 25th year of The ESPYS.

  • Canadian Baseball H.O.F.

    June 16, 2018

    Pedro is inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for his time with the Montreal Expos – the place where his major league career took off.