Martinez played parts of 18 MLB seasons, but it wasn’t until the end that he finally donned the red pinstripes.
In 2009, Pedro signed with the Phillies in mid-July in hopes of winning a final World Series crown. The Phils were the defending champs, and were leading contenders again.
Pedro had sat out the first few months of that 2009 season at age 37. In 9 starts after signing, Martinez went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA. In 44.2 innings he had a 37-8 K/BB ratio.
In Game 2 of the 2009 NLCS, Pedro pitched 7 shutout innings, leaving with a 1-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA rallied against the bullpen to win 2-1. It would be their only win, as the Phils returned to the World Series.
In that 2009 World Series, the New York Yankees, an old Pedro nemesis from his Red Sox days, beat the Phils in 6 games.
Pedro started in Game 2 again, and again he pitched well but didn’t win. He allowed just 2 runs over 6 innings in a game the Yanks won 3-1 to even the series.
“WHAT I MEAN TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC..IT WAS A GREAT HONOR TO JUST HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON THE FIRST BALLOT.” ~ PEDRO MARTINEZ
That World Series game was Pedro’s final appearance on an MLB mound. He finished his career with an overall 219-100 record with a career 2.93 ERA during what was a mostly extreme offensive period.
Martinez is just the 2nd player ever from the baseball-frenzied island nation of the Dominican Republic to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, following Juan Marichal over 30 years ago. In an interview following the announcement, Martinez stated “What I mean to the Dominican Republic…it was a great honor to just have the opportunity to go on the first ballot.”
His election today will make him the 36th person with Phillies ties to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 26th in Cooperstown, New York.