The Red Sox today announced plans to retire Pedro Martinez's number 45 as a tribute to his exceptional career in a Red Sox uniform and in honor of his upcoming induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-White Sox game on Tuesday, July 28, just two days after the right-handed pitcher is enshrined in Cooperstown, NY.
Fans attending the game will also receive a replica of Martinez's Cooperstown Hall of Fame plaque.
The first ballot Hall of Famer spent seven years with the Red Sox, where he accomplished the following:
1. He made the All-Star team four times (1998-2000, 2002).
2. Was the All-Star game MVP (1999).
3. Won two Cy Young Awards (1999, 2000)
4. Won the pitching Triple Crown (1999).
5. MLB wins champion (1999).
6. Was the MLB ERA champion four times (1999-2000, 2002-2003)
7. Was the MLB strikeout champion three times (1999-2000, 2002)
8. Helped the Red Sox break a Curse and win a World Series for the first time in 86 years.
Pedro will join an elite group of Red Sox retired numbers; a group where Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Johnny Pesky (#6), Carl Yastrzemski (#8), Ted Williams (#9), Jim Rice (#14), Carlton Fisk (#27) and Jackie Robinson (#42) are the only members.
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