Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. on Sunday.
Martinez was his jovial self during his induction speech, speaking in both English and Spanish, joking around with fellow inductee Randy Johnson, and bringing fellow Dominican baseball legend Juan Marichal on stage afterward to honor their country's flag. Martinez closed out the ceremony, following Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Full of pride for both his accomplishments and his country, Martinez happily recalled his 18-year playing career.
Martinez is widely considered to be among the greatest starting pitchers of his generation. Over his career, he was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA. His best years came in Boston, with his best season coming in 1999: Martinez finished that year 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, earning the American League Cy Young award and finishing second in MVP voting. He won three Cy Young awards over his career, all of which came in a four-year span from 1997-2000.
The eight-time All-Star spent seven years with the Red Sox and also spent time with the Dodgers, Expos, Mets and Phillies.