After listening to the Big Show on WEEI, 93.7 FM in Boston, interview former Red Sox superstar pitcher Pedro Martinez, I got to asking myself the question that was on everybody's mind as soon as the hall of fame was mentioned. Is Pedro Martinez a first ballot Hall of Fame candidate in 2014?
We in Boston know the dominance Pedro unleashed upon the rest of major league baseball, but was his storied career split between Los Angeles, Montreal and Beantown enough to qualify the man for baseballs most prestigious honor?
The first thing to look at would be the basic, overall numbers such as W-L, ERA, K/BB, etc.
In his 18 year career, Pedro posted a record of 210-100 with a 2.93 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 3154 with 46 CG in 2827 1/3 IP. These are just the basic numbers though. It's the juicy numbers that tell the whole story for one of the best that ever took a major league mound.
Throughout his 18 year career, Pedro Martinez accumulated a total of 82.6 WAR (Wins Above Replacement), with his best seasons being '97 (8.7), '99 (9.5) and '00 (11.4), the last two were spent in Boston with the Red Sox.
To put that into perspective, his career WAR of 82.6 ranks 16th all-time, with guys by the name of Cy Young, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Gaylord Perry and Warran Spahn ahead of him.
Some guys that rank behind Pedro? How about Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins and Steve Carlton, all of which are currently members of the MLB Hall of Fame.
What kind of achievements did "Pedey" reach while he was a major league pitcher? How about 8x All-Star, 3x Cy Young Award Winner, '99 All-Star Game MVP, '99 Pitching Triple Crown and the one that matters most, '04 World Series Champion.
The raw numbers, awards and other evidence tell some of the story, but to see Pedro pitch at the level he did, right at the peak of "the steroid era" was and is simply remarkable. While baseballs "sluggers" were chasing HR records (with the help of PED's), Martinez was having the best years of his career. There's something to say for that.
Obviously I'm bias because of my obsessive relationship with the Red Sox, but if your a fan of baseball in general, I think you can say that Pedro Martinez is indeed a first ballot Hall of Famer. The numbers (as if a Sox fan needed them) have Cooperstown written all over them.