Red Sox to induct superstar 2014 Hall of Fame class
Martinez, Clemens, Garciaparra, Castiglione to be enshrined at August dinner
BOSTON -- The Red Sox Hall of Fame announced a most impressive class of new electees on Wednesday, featuring two of the club's all-time great pitchers in Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens and perhaps the franchise's most accomplished shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra.
In addition, radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione, who has been calling Red Sox games since 1983, will also be inducted. The moment that will be recognized at this year's ceremony will be Martinez's one-hit, 17-strikeout performance against the Yankees on Sept. 10, 1999.
The Red Sox will unveil their star-studded class of new inductees at a dinner in August.
More information regarding the dinner will be announced at a later date. The dinner benefits the Fenway Park Living Museum Fund, a 501(c)3 supporting the preservation and display of historic elements and items at Fenway Park that showcase the team's history.
Thank you all! My time in Boston were the best years of my life! @RedSox HOF! Gracias a todos por el apoyo. Dios los siga bendiciendo!- Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) February 5, 2014
The players were chosen by a 16-person panel consisting of club executives, print and broadcast media members, booster club representatives and historians. Garciaparra was one of 15 position players under consideration. Clemens and Martinez were among the 13 pitchers considered.
For Martinez, this honor could be a prelude to his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, for which he is first eligible in January 2015. One of the most dominant and charismatic pitchers in Red Sox history, he won back-to-back American League Cy Young Awards in 1999 and 2000.
Martinez pitched for Boston from 1998-04, going 117-37 and registering 72 games of 10 strikeouts or more. He had countless indelible moments, including his two perfect innings in the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway when he fanned five of the six batters he faced. Martinez had 313 strikeouts during that magical '99 season.
Martinez capped his career with the Red Sox by helping guide the club to its first World Series championship in 86 years. In his last start for the Red Sox, he won Game 3 of the 2004 World Series with a tremendous performance in St. Louis. Though Martinez left Boston as a free agent and signed with the Mets for four seasons before finishing his career with the Phillies in 2009, he reunited with the Red Sox last year and is currently a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.
Before Martinez came along, the pitcher who thrilled Red Sox fans most was Clemens, who won three of his record-setting seven Cy Young Awards during his 13 years with Boston.
Clemens, a product of the Red Sox's farm system, set a Major League record with 20 strikeouts against the Mariners on April 29, 1986, at Fenway Park. Ten years later, in what turned out to be the last of his 192 wins for the Red Sox, he tied his own record in Detroit.
So dominant was Clemens in '86 (24-4, 2.48 ERA) that he won the AL Most Valuable Player Award. Clemens is tied with Cy Young for the most wins in Red Sox history. Clemens and Young are also tied for the most shutouts in team history with 38.
During his peak years, Garciaparra was a master at the plate, winning batting titles in 1999 and 2000 with averages of .357 and .372. He won the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1997 and was an All-Star five times with the Red Sox. Garciaparra's .323 average with the Red Sox is the fourth best in club history, and his slugging percentage (.553) is fifth. Perhaps Garciaparra's best game with Boston came on May 10, 1999, against the Mariners, when two of his three homers were grand slams and he collected 10 RBIs.
Castiglione is entering season No. 32 in Boston's broadcast booth, and he covered the entire careers of the other three inductees.