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Pedro Martinez

Played For
Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-1993), Montreal Expos (1994-1997), Boston Red Sox (1998-)

Post-Season
1998 ALDS, 1999 ALDS, 1999 ALCS, 2003 ALDS, 2003 ALCS

Through the 2003 ALDS, Martinez had a career 4-0 record with a 2.13 ERA, with 40 strikeouts in 38 innings, while allowing just 24 hits.

Honors
All-Star (7): 1996-2000, 2002-2003; National League Cy Young Award 1997; American League Cy Young Award 1999, 2000; All-Star Game Most Valuable Player 1999.

Pedro finished second in Cy Young voting in both 1998 (Roger Clemens) and 2002 (Barry Zito)

Position
Starting pitcher: the only season he was used primarily as a reliever was in LA in 1993 (63 relief appearances, two saves).

Major League Debut: September 24, 1992

The Battle of Canada
On June 30, 1997, Canada's two major league teams met in the regular season for the first time in history. Montreal's Pedro Martinez grabbed the spotlight, firing a three-hit, 3-1 win over Toronto.

Feats
In 1999, Martinez captured the pitching Triple Crown, leading the AL in wins (23), strikeouts (313), and ERA (2.07)... Six times, Martinez has posted an ERA under 2.50 runs per game (1997, 1999-2003)... In 1993, Pedro relieved his brother Ramon while with the Dodgers, marking the first time a brother had relieved his brother since Rick and Mcikey Mahler did it for the Braves in 1979... On June 3, 1995, Martinez pitched a perfect nine innings against the Padres in San Diego, but lost his perfect game in the 10th inning when Bip Roberts led off with a two-bagger... Martinez joins Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.

Uniform #'s
#45 (1992-), #37 (1994 Expos)

Transaction Data
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Los Angeles Dodgers (June 18, 1988); Traded by Los Angeles Dodgers to Montreal Expos in exchange for Delino DeShields (November 19, 1993); Traded by Montreal Expos to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Carl Pavano and a player to be named later (November 18, 1997) - Montreal received Tony Armas Jr. (December 18, 1997).

Best Season, 1999
In a league that averaged 5.07 earned runs per game, Pedro Martinez was stingly — spinning a 2.07 ERA. He won the triple crown (23 wins, 313 K's, ERA title), walking just 37 batters and surrendering only nine homers in more than 213 innings. In consecutive starts in May, he fanned 15 batters in each game. Thirteen times he fanned at least 10 batters, and he carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning or later three times. In the All-Star Game at Fenway Park, Martinez was named MVP after he pitched two hitless innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced. At Yankee Stadium in September, Pedro set a record by striking out 17 New York batters, winning 3-1 on a one-hitter. The lanky right-hander won his second Cy Young Award and was second in MVP voting to Ivan Rodriguez. In the playoffs, he allowed five hits in 17 innings, fanning 31, while allowing no runs, despite a sore back.

Replaced
When Pedro earned his first job in a starting rotation (1994 Expos), he effectively replaced veteran Dennis Martinez, who had left for Cleveland. In spring training of 1995, the Expos dealt Ken Hill to St. Louis, which really cleared the way for Pedro as the ace of the staff.

Best Strength as a Player
Control. Martinez can throw his 95+ fastball like a BB at the hitters' knees consistently, which makes him very difficult. He also spots his off-speed pitches and uses several arm angles.

Largest Weakness as a Player
Durability. Martinez thin frame means he rarely goes beyond 100 pitches with effectiveness. He's basically a 7-8 inning pitcher, and has thrown more than 220 innings just twice in his career.


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