When it comes to run prevention in MLB, there might not be a better pitcher in the history of the game than Boston Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez.
He played with many franchises: the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Mets being some of them.
However, it was Boston where he built a legacy and reached legendary status.
It was there where he helped Boston win its first World Series in 86 years, and where he became perhaps the best and most consistently dominant pitcher of his time.
Pedro is turning 51 today… how time flies!
It seems like yesterday that he was dropping jaws with that incredible changeup of his.
“Pedro Martinez turns 51 today. — 3× Cy Young — 5× ERA leader — 8× All-Star — World Series — No. 45 retired @RedSox — career earnings: $147M. From being unable to afford baseballs as a kid and having to improvise by throwing oranges, to the Baseball Hall of Fame. HBD, Pedro,” Boardroom tweeted.
Pedro Martinez turns 51 today.
— 3× Cy Young
— 5× ERA leader
— 8× All-Star
— World Series 🏆
— No. 45 retired @RedSox
— career earnings: $147M
From being unable to afford baseballs as a kid and having to improvise by throwing oranges, to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
HBD, Pedro. pic.twitter.com/TtFMY0Y8WF
— Boardroom (@boardroom) October 25, 2022
An Incredible Resume
Look at that resume: it’s extremely impressive.
The three Cy Young awards are a notable achievement, but we haven’t fully understood the fact that in five different seasons, nobody had a lower ERA than him.
That’s the goal of the game, after all, for pitchers: preventing the opposition from scoring.
He had a career 2.93 ERA as a starting pitcher his whole career in the steroids era.
Pedro is, and very much deservedly so, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a treasure for baseball and its fans.
He is one of the best right-handers ever to pick up a ball, and an example of determination and will power.
It’s safe to say he is not throwing oranges instead of baseballs anymore.