Pedro sits down with Dale and Holley after learning that he's been inducted into the HoF.

[0:00:03] ... one of the four newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Pedro Martinez congratulations Pedro. Thank you somewhat to very happy to be here guy I saw the press conference I saw that smile from ...
[0:04:35] ... at Fenway Park for the 1999 all star game. And you know Ted Williams was out there on that on that mound at one point and watching you work. For me that was the that was ...
[0:08:44] ... a pleasure thank you or Pedro. They care no that is up Pedro Martinez one of the four newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame it is not up to him today they took that out of the players' hands really after Wade Boggs sold it. To the Tampa Bay Rays. They make the decision now but. It's not even a question of which hat I have on his plaque everybody knows which pat he'll have on. He he won't campaign for a disease and but we know what it'll make. Yet dollars. FF FL he's now right at the Dodgers today that's probably a lot gap probably I think Eddie you know as he said he identifies himself as a Bostonians. I think most people and they think of Pedro Martinez that's what they think. I really think it Wade Boggs would go in with a picture of Wade Boggs on his hat. Our guys I felt something sponsorship. It. You don't pay a Pedro we talked earlier about how much he ...
[0:10:20] ... turning all of this is how this city works out some athletes Carl Crawford it's too much or me. That I don't I don't want all that attention I just want to be a baseball player ...

Full coverage of Pedro Martinez's Boston press conference after being inducted into the MLB hall of fame.

[0:00:00] ... Good afternoon everyone. Thanks for joining us here at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox are very excited. To introduce to you one of the newest. Elect keys to the national Baseball Hall of Fame. Pedro Martinez. Now before we begin to take any questions. Pedro elect to make some opening remarks. But the ball. I'll like. The thing ...
[0:12:38] ... appreciate what I did Robby you spent. Twenty years. It's so much John Smoltz. You put rugby and I together. And we have the same stuff. Probably John Smoltz. Biggio 3000 hit all kinds of records. Made switches on a decision the decision. Sober so open players. Along the polls of ...
[0:16:40] ... a great owner. Who's to become part of history. I know that bill hall of Famer. It's got to be so proud right now to the that's going and just like I. I'm to be honest ...

Playing in the era that he did, Pedro Martinez could look to make excuses for a few of the home runs he gave up, a few games he lost, etc.

Pedro Martinez earned 91.1 percent of the vote to become the 16th first-ballot Hall of Famer. (Ryan Hannable/

Pedro Martinez earned 91.1 percent of the vote to become the 16th first-ballot Hall of Famer. (Ryan Hannable/

Playing in the era that he did, Pedro Martinez could look to make excuses for a few of the home runs he gave up, a few games he lost, etc.

After all, he did play in the height of the steroid era, but that isn’t who Martinez is — he embraced it and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way — and that is why Martinez was voted into the Hall of Fame Tuesday on his first year on the ballot.

Martinez received 91.1 percent of the votes (500 of the 549) and will be inducted along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on July 26 in Copperstown. He became one of 50 players ever to be inducted on their first-ballot and one of 16 first-ballot pitchers.

“I appreciate the fact that I had to face probably the toughest matchup out there, and guess what? I didn’t want it any other way,” Martinez said Tuesday at a press conference at Fenway Park. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. I wanted to beat the best. I wanted to be the best I could be every time I went out there. I wanted to embarrass the best team out there. I wanted to. I meant to. Sometimes the embarrassed me, but when I got a hold of them, I did embarrass them.

“Anytime I had an opportunity to embarrass any team in the big leagues, including the ones that used PEDs, it was a great honor to do it. The same way every homer I surrendered, every game I lost, I am proud of. I am proud that I did it in an era that the challenge was at the top.”

The right-hander was a three-time Cy Young Award winner and an eight-time All-Star. During his 18-year career he went 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA. His career .687 winning percentage ranks second among modern major leaguer’s since 1900. Among pitchers with at least 2,500 career innings in the majors, only Nolan Ryan (.204) has a lower opponent batting average than Martinez (.214).

Martinez said he had plenty of chances to go the “long way” and not be “clean,” but instead he chose to miss two or three starts a year, which sometimes came with criticism in the media. He said that is all worth it now.

“I went the long way, the way I had to go,” said Martinez. “The way that the integrity my mom and dad taught me to have, led me to. And when I said I kept it clean — I did it clean — I did it the only way I know. I didn’t believe in anybody’s choice to go out there and I wanted to do it clean. I had an opportunity more than once, [probably every day] to take the short path to a more successful year and escape the criticism from the media and being singled out for someone who is going to miss two or three outings a year. Yes, I chose to miss those three outings and now have the respect and appreciation guys are having for me today.”

The pitcher became the second Dominican player to make to the Hall of Fame, joining Juan Marichal. He is also the first player born in the 1970’s to be inducted.

“First ballot Hall of Fame, thank you for appreciating for how I did it. The fact that you guys believed in the way I did it is the main reason proof that you won,” he said. “Doing it this way led me to going into the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot. If I didn’t do it that way — I would have probably gone in eventually — but the fact that I did in that era, in a different era that was probably the most difficult era that baseball has ever faced.”

Martinez admitted he never thought he would ever be in the Hall of Fame, and has so much respect for the guys he will be going in with, but he did kept coming back to doing it clean, and that is what led him to being a no doubt, first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“Super, super players,” he said of Johnson, Smoltz and Biggio. “I wasn’t supposed to be, but because of the fact I did it the way I did it and the integrity I carried while doing it, is probably what mattered to me going into the Hall of Fame on the first-ballot.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

To nobody’s surprise, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has been voted into the

Pedro Martinez officially became a first ballot Hall of Famer Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Pedro Martinez officially became a first ballot Hall of Famer Tuesday. (Getty Images)

To nobody’s surprise, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday afternoon.

Joining Martinez in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 will be pitcher Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz.

The following are the credentials distributed by the Hall of Fame for each inductee:


1st year on the ballot’€¦Played 18 season for Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies’€¦Posted two 20-win seasons (1999, 2002)’€¦Won three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999-2000) and received votes in four other seasons: 1998 (2nd), 2002 (2nd), 2003 (3rd), 2004 (4th)’€¦Finished ninth in 1993 National League Rookie of the Year voting with Dodgers’€¦Finished in Top 10 of his league’€™s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1999 (2nd) and 2000 (5th)’€¦Named to eight All-Star Games (1996-2000, 2002, 2005-06), earning nod as his league’€™s starting pitcher in 1999 when he was named the Game’€™s Most Valuable Player’€¦Led his league in WHIP six times (1997, 1990-2000, 2002-03, 2005), earned-run average five times (1997, 1999-2000, 2002-03), strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched five times (1997, 1999-2000, 2002-03), strikeout-to-walk ratio four times (1999-2000, 2002, 2005), strikeouts three times (1999-2000, 2002), winning percentage three times (1999, 2002, 2003), wins once (1999), complete games once (1997) and shutouts once (2000)’€¦Won 1999 American League Pitching Triple Crown after leading the league in wins (23), earned-run average (2.07) and strikeouts (313)’€¦Posted WHIP of .737 in 2000, the best single-season mark by any pitcher in big league history’€¦Career winning percentage of .687 ranks sixth all-time and first among pitchers who began their careers after 1950’€¦Career WHIP of 1.054 ranks fifth all-time and first among non-relievers whose career began after 1920’€¦Career strikeout-to-nine innings pitched ratio of 10.04 and career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.15 each rank third all-time’€¦Struck out 3,154 batters, 13th all-time’€¦Posted two 300-strikeout seasons (1997, 1999)’€¦Appeared in 10 postseason series over five seasons with the Red Sox and Phillies, posting a record of 6-4 with a 3.46 ERA in 16 appearances’€¦Member of 2004 Red Sox World Series-winning team, earning win in Game 3 with seven shutout innings.


3rd year on ballot’€¦Played 20 seasons, all for the Astros’€¦Seven-time All-Star (1991-92, 1994-98) and five-time NL Silver Slugger Award winner (1989, 1994-95, 1997-98)’€¦Named to one All-Star team as a catcher (1991) and six as a second baseman (1992, 1994-98)’€¦Named Silver Slugger Award winner once at catcher (1989) and four times at second base (1994-95, 1997-98)’€¦Won four career Gold Glove Awards (1994-97) at second base’€¦Also spent two seasons (2003-04) as one of Astros’€™ starting outfielders’€¦ Finished in Top 10 of NL MVP voting three times: 1995 (10th), 1997 (4th) and 1998 (5th)’€¦Led NL in runs scored two times (1995, 1997), doubles three times (1994, 1998-99), stolen bases once (1994), hit-by-pitches five times (1995-97, 2001, 2003) and plate appearances five times (1992, 1995, 1997-99)’€¦Led NL in games played three times (1992, 1996-97) and appeared in at least 150 games in 11 seasons’€¦ Scored 100-or-more runs in eight seasons (1995-99, 2001, 2003-04)’€¦Recorded at least a .300 batting average in four seasons (1994-95, 1997-98)’€¦Ranks fifth all-time in doubles (first among right-handed hitters) with 668’€¦Ranks 13th all-time in at-bats (10,876), 15th in runs scored (1,844), 16th in games played (2,850) and 21st in hits (3,060)’€¦Only player in baseball history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs’€¦Batted .234 in nine postseason series, with 39 hits and 23 runs scored in 40 games’€¦Played in NLCS in 2004 and 2005’€¦Member of Astros’€™ 2005 NL Championship team’€¦Won 1997 Branch Rickey Award, 2005 Hutch Award and 2007 Roberto Clemente Award.


1st year on the ballot’€¦Pitched 22 seasons for Expos, Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks, Yankees and Giants‘€¦Posted three 20-win seasons (1997, 2001-02)’€¦Won five Cy Young Awards, including a record-tying four straight (1995, 1999-2002)’€¦Received Cy Young Award votes in five other seasons: 1993 (2nd), 1994 (3rd), 1997 (2nd), 1998 (7th), 2004 (2nd)’€¦Finished in Top 10 of his league’€™s Most Valuable Player Award voting twice: 1995 (6th) and 2002 (7th)’€¦Named to 10 All-Star Games (1990, 1993-95, 1997, 1999-2002, 2004), drawing his league’€™s starting assignment four times (1995, 1997, 2000-01)’€¦Led his league in strikeouts nine times (1992-95, 1999-2002, 2004), third-most all-time behind Walter Johnson (12) and Nolan Ryan (11)’€¦Led his league in strikeouts-per-nine innings nine times (1992-95, 1997, 1999-2002) and holds the all-time record in that category with a career mark of 10.6’€¦Led his league in earned-run average four times (1995, 1999, 2001-02), winning percentage four times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2002), complete games four times (1994, 1999-2000, 2002), games started three times (1999, 2000, 2004), WHIP three times (1995, 2001, 2004), innings pitched two times (1999, 2002), shutouts two times (1994, 2000) and victories once (2002)’€¦Won 2002 National League Pitching Triple Crown for leading league in wins (24), ERA (2.32) and strikeouts (334)’€¦Posted six 300-strikeout seasons, tied with Nolan Ryan for most ever and representative of 18 percent (6 out of 33) of all 300-strikeout seasons in the modern era’€¦Career total of 4,875 strikeouts ranks second all-time’€¦Totaled 303 career victories, 22nd all-time and fifth among left-handers’€¦Career winning percentage of .646 ranks 29th all-time and fifth among 300-game winners’€¦Ranks 21st all-time in games started (603), 38th in innings pitched (4,135.1) and 57th in shutouts (37)’€¦Pitched two no-hitters, defeating the Tigers 2-0 on June 2, 1990 and authoring a perfect game in a 2-0 win over the Braves on May 18, 2004’€¦Appeared in 11 postseason series over eight seasons with Mariners, Astros, Diamondbacks and Yankees, posting 7-9 record with 3.50 ERA in 19 appearances’€¦Struck out 132 batters in 121 postseason innings’€¦Named co-MVP of the 2001 World Series after going 3-0 for champion Diamondbacks.


1st year on the ballot’€¦Pitched 21 seasons for Braves, Red Sox and Cardinals’€¦Won 1996 National League Cy Young Award and received Cy Young Award votes in four other seasons: 1998 (4th), 2002 (3rd), 2006 (7th), 2007 (6th)’€¦Named to eight All-Star Games (1989, 1992-93, 1996, 2002-03, 2005, 2007), earning the NL’€™s starting assignment in 1996’€¦Finished eighth in NL Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2002’€¦Won Silver Slugger Award for pitchers in 1997’€¦Led league in games started three times (1992, 1997, 2006), strikeouts twice (1992, 1996), innings pitched twice (1996-97), winning percentage twice (1996, 1998), wins twice (1996, 2006), strikeouts per nine innings once (1996) and saves once (2002)…Reached 20-win mark once (1996) and 200-strikeout mark five times (1992-93, 1996-97, 2006)’€¦Topped the 40-save mark three times (2002-04), the only three full seasons he served as his team’€™s closer’€¦Ranks 16th all-time in strikeouts (3,084), one of only 16 pitchers in history with at least 3,000 strikeouts’€¦Ranks 75th all-time in saves (154)’€¦Only pitcher in big league history with at least 200 victories (213) and 150 saves’€¦Set NL single-season mark (since tied) with 55 saves in 2002’€¦Won 2002 NL Rolaids Relief Award’€¦Pitched in 25 postseason series over 14 seasons with Braves and Cardinals, posting 15-4 record in 41 appearances (27 starts) with 2.67 earned-run average and four saves, striking out 199 batters in 209 innings’€¦In 11 Division Series, posted 7-0 record with three saves’€¦Named 1992 NLCS Most Valuable Player’€¦Member of 1995 Braves World Series champions’€¦Won 2005 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 2005 Roberto Clemente Award and 2007 Branch Rickey Award.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Nomar Garciaparra has an interesting Hall of Fame candidacy. (Getty Images)

Nomar Garciaparra has an interesting Hall of Fame candidacy. (Getty Images)

This is what we’ve learned after the annual round of Hall of Fame discussion leading into Tuesday’s afternoon big announcement: it is an unbelievably flawed process.

The uncertainty and fragility that goes into deciding who will be next to enter into the MLB Hall of Fame is what makes the dead-of-winter baseball conversation so spicy. There are a lot of good solutions surfaced, yet none have offered any definition as to how these guys should be elected going forward.

Different eras and performance-enhancing-drug suspensions have clouded a world that is almost always driven by statistics. That’s why I prefer to start — that’s just start, not finish — any conversations with a simple (and probably somewhat flawed) mechanism:

– For hitters, how many times did they finish in the Top 10 in MVP voting.
– For pitchers, how many times did they receive Cy Young votes.

Here is the reason for this approach: it shows a dominance in a player’s era, no matter what the era is. The stats will go up and down (the MLB average OPS this past season dipped to .700 from .782 in 2000), but perceived elite status during that particular time span is what it was.

(Yes, I am one who is mostly in favor of voting in those formally and informally tied to PEDs.)

To me, the dominance in the era argument was a key talking point when looking at Jim Rice‘s candidacy. Six times Rice finished in the Top 5 in MVP voting. Six! Craig Biggio? Twice. Frank Thomas? Six. Barry Larkin? Once.

Let’s stop for a second and remind everybody: this is just to start the debate, not to punctuate it.

Pitchers? Randy Johnson received Cy Young votes 10 times, winning the award five times. Pedro Martinez got votes seven times, claiming the Cy on three occasions. Curt Schilling got votes four times, the same as Hall of Famer Burt Blyleven. Schilling finished second for the award three times, with Blyleven’s highest finish maxing out at third during a career that ran 22 seasons.

I do believe longevity with consistent performance puts somewhat of a dent in this philosophy, but shouldn’t wash away the theory.

Carl Yastrzemski belongs in the Hall of Fame, but he also finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting the same number of times as Dwight Evans (4), who deserves a closer look.

Of the candidates on the current ballot, perhaps one of the most interesting when looking at Nomar Garciaparra. Five times Garciaparra finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting, with one 11th-place finish. He only managed one Top 5 showing, placing second in 1998.

Garciaparra, however, just wasn’t quite dominant enough for a long enough stretch. Realistically, he played about the same amount of seasons as a regular as Rice did while totaling a higher OPS (.882-.854). But, using the aforementioned formula, Garciappara wasn’t nearly as dominant during his era.

Don Mattingly has been compared to Garciaparra when surfacing the former Red Sox shortstop, although Mattingly, while also playing for 14 seasons, had three Top 5 MVP finishes (winning once), and four Top 10’s. The former Yankees first baseman has been voted on since 2001, totaling 28.2 percent in that first year of eligibility. In ’14, he received 8.2 percent of the vote.

Some other on-the-bubble candidates: Mike Piazza finished Top 10 seven times, with four Top 5 showings; Tim Raines had three Top 10’s and one Top 5; Jeff Bagwell notched five Top 10 finishes, with two Top 5’s.

Flawed? Yes. As good a conversation springboard as anything else we’ve dug up? Absolutely.

Discuss …

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Pedro Martinez will be going into the Hall of Fame, but it won't be unanimous. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Pedro Martinez is going into the Hall of Fame. But we already know it won't be unanimous.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with 30-year-old pitcher Mitchell Boggs.

Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with former Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs. (Getty Images)

Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with former Cardinals closer Mitchell Boggs. (Getty Images)

According to a major league source, the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with 30-year-old pitcher Mitchell Boggs.

Boggs, who will turn 31 on Feb. 15, is a right-hander who has pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen since first arriving in the major leagues with St. Louis in 2008.

A fifth-round selection by the Cardinals in the 2005 draft out of the University of Georgia, Boggs didn’t pitch in the majors in 2014 after being released by the White Sox at the end of spring training. He had signed a one-year, $1.1 million with Chicago last offseason.

The 6-foot-4 Georgia native has shown a propensity to induce ground balls during his big league stints, managing a 54 percent ground ball ratio in ’13. At the peak of his powers, Boggs’ sinker was among the hardest in baseball, clocking in regularly at 96 mph.

Boggs got an opportunity to close for the Cardinals to begin 2013 after the season-ending injury to Jason Motte, possessing a sinker that averaged 96 mph. But his trial as St. Louis’ game-ender didn’t last long, with Boggs allowing 21 hits and 20 runs in his first 14 2/3 innings. He would ultimately be dealt to the Rockies later that season for international signing bonus money.

His best season came in ’12 when Boggs appeared in 78 games, posting a 2.21 ERA.

Boggs last pitched in the Giants organization, posting a 6.10 ERA in 10 appearances in Triple A after signing with San Francisco in July.

He is of no relation to former Red Sox Hall of Famer Wade Boggs.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford