Pedro Martinez: A Pitcher Who Dominated His Era

Zak SchmollAnalyst IDecember 4, 2011

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 26:  Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during game three of the 2004 World Series on October 26, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 to take a 3-0 series lead. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Pedro Martinez recently announced that he will be retiring, according to Evan Drellich of For quite a few seasons, there was no better pitcher in baseball.

For example, from 1997 to 2004, he was in the top five of the Cy Young voting in the American League—except for 2001, when he experienced some injury problems. However, that is a pretty long time to be at the top of baseball.

For all but one of those years, he was playing for the Boston Red Sox. In 1999, he made a major impression when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts in 213 innings.

He obviously won the Cy Young Award, and he came in second in MVP voting, which historically has been pretty rare for a pitcher to contend for.

How is it possible to follow up that type of season? In 2000, his record dropped to 18-6, but that wasn't the only thing that dropped. His ERA dropped even lower to 1.74 and his WHIP was an almost unbelievably low 0.737.

Normally, these types of numbers in the American League are reserved for relief pitchers. That is pretty phenomenal to say the least.

How did he stand among the all-time best pitchers? Well, as I highlighted above, WHIP was his best statistic. He simply did not allow runners on base. Because of this, his 1.054 career number is the fifth-lowest in baseball history. Also, his win-loss percentage of .687 ranks seventh all-time, which is pretty impressive.

Pedro Martinez had a phenomenal career, and he finally helped the Red Sox break the curse. I'd say that was a nice prize in a nice career.