Pedro and Randy are in. Schilling and Roger are out.
The results are in for the 2015 class eligible for baseball's Hall of Fame and former Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez is heading to Cooperstown. Martinez (91.1%), Randy Johnson (97.3 %), and John Smoltz (82.9%) -- all in their first year of eligibility -- were voted in along with former Astros infielder, outfielder, and holdover candidate Craig Biggio (82.7%). It's the first year since 1955 that four players were elected into the Hall.
Pedro -- who was left off 49 voter's ballots this year -- went 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA, and 1,683 strikeouts in 203 games over his seven years with the Red Sox, 58-19 at Fenway. He was virtually unhittable in 1999 when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts. Dan Duquette, who brought Pedro to Boston via a trade in 1997, spoke about the ace's career recently.
"Pedro is obviously a supremely talented pitcher but on a personal basis, he’s my favorite pitcher and favorite player that I've ever worked with because he has such great passion for the game and he’s got such high intelligence and such terrific manners and grace," Duquette told Boston.com. "I’m just so happy for him to get the opportunity to be able to fulfill that great talent he had in Boston and to be able to celebrate that achievement with the Hall of Fame."
Dominican Republic...this is for you!!!!!! Dominicanos esto es para ustedes!!! pic.twitter.com/zYEsPrS6aZ— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) January 6, 2015
Martinez is the 34th Red Sox player to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He is the 11th Red Sox pitcher, and the first ever to be elected after playing his most major league seasons with Boston. 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). Since the live ball era began in 1920, no pitcher has a lower opponent on-base percentage than his .276 mark.
The three-time Cy Young award winner pitched 18 seasons overall, going 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts.
Johnson pitched for six teams over his 22 year career. The 6-foot-10 lefty fireballer struck out 4,875 batters over his career, second all-time to Nolan Ryan.
Smoltz was one of the most unique pitchers in baseball -- switching from a starter to a closer midway through his career. He won the Cy Young award in 1996 when he won 24 games for the Braves.
Biggio -- the longtime Astros second baseman who received 74.8 percent of the vote last year -- amassed 3,060 hits over his career and was known for his hardnosed play over his 19 year career.
Mike Piazza -- one of the greatest hitting catchers in history -- failed to make it in (69.9%). He is the all-time leader in home runs by a backstop, hitting 396 long balls over his 16 year career. Piazza received 62.2 percent of the vote last year.
Roger Clemens (37.5%) also failed to make it in in his third year of eligibility.
Schilling (39.2%) seemed resigned to the fact that he wasn't getting the nod this morning in a message posted on Facebook. Last year, Schill received 29.2 percent of the vote (169 votes out of 571 ballots), far short of the 75 percent needed to gain entrance to the Hall. In his first year on the ballot in 2013, Schilling garnered 38.8 percent of the vote.
Old friend Nomar Garciaparra also checked in with 5.5 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot.