Martinez, Ramirez headline 18-member HOF class
Record-setters Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez lead a deep class of 18 inductees into the PGBL Hall of Fame, with the first enshrinement in 10 years doubling the total membership.
Martinez is the all-time wins leader with 221 while Ramirez holds the career record for RBIs with 1,843. They joined Mariano Rivera, Randy Johnson and Jim Thome as unanimous selections by the seven-member voting committee.
Home run king Alex Rodriguez, hits leader Derek Jeter and ace-turned-closer John Smoltz also made the class. Rounding out the honorees are Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, David Ortiz, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling and Billy Wagner.
Martinez totaled a PGBL-best 3,340 strikeouts and also holds the career marks for quality starts (267), complete games (90) and shutouts (38). He also ranks first among retired starters in ERA (3.33) and opposing hitters’ slash-lines (.224 BAA, .289 OBP, .358 SLG, .647 OPS).
Martinez led the Toronto BlueBirds to three championships during a five-year run of consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1998-2002. He went 113-20 during stretch, posting a 2.24 ERA with 1,616 strikeouts – an average of 323 per season. He also holds the single-season records for ERA (1.98 in 1998), strikeouts (419 in 2000) and wins (28-3 in 2000).
Ramirez, a four-time MVP, ranks second in home runs (601), hits (2,874) and runs (1,668) and third in career batting average (.314) and fourth in slugging (.585) and OPS (.980) – with only Hall of Famers ahead of him in each category.
Rivera notched a PGBL-best 504 saves – 142 more than Wagner, who holds the record for save percentage (.872, with Rivera at .859). He holds the single-season mark of 48 saves and is the only pitcher with more than one 40-save season with three. His career 2.24 ERA is the best in PGBL history. He also ranks first in OPS against (.588), WHIP (1.02) and K/BB (4.8).
Johnson, a dominant force in the league’s undocumented Pioneer Era, is the only pitcher other than Martinez with more than 3,000 official strikeouts (3,071). He has 177 recorded wins and is one of five pitchers in league history with a career average of at least 10 Ks per nine innings.
Thome sits third all time in homers with 541, two more than Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols in the five-member 500 Club. A three-time champ and the 2000 SL MVP, he ranks in the career Top 10 in runs (1,467), RBIs (1,459) and OBP (.396), with a record 1,687 walks.
Rodriguez hit 616 homers to go along with a PGBL best 1,762 runs, while his 1,821 RBIs rank just behind Ramirez. He claimed one MVP award in each league, winning the NL Triple Crown in 2006 with Vancouver. Jeter, a member of four World Series champions, amassed 2,909 hits. Classmates Ramirez, Beltre (2,754) and Rodriguez round out the top four, with Beltran (2,627), Guerrero (2,578) and Jones (2,520) also among the top nine.
Smoltz posted a record of 161-101 to go with 109 saves, winning a World Series ring with four different teams. He’s on the leaderboards with a 3.88 ERA and 1,969 Ks, and his .852 save percentage ranks fifth. Clemens ranks fourth all-time with 189 wins and 2,584 strikeouts – not including his Pioneer Era stats. He has three championship rings and was named the SL Best Pitcher in 1993 and won the NL Cy Young in 2005.
Halladay went 188-129 with a 3.85 ERA and 2,201 strikeouts, winning two titles and three Cy Young Awards for Memphis. He is one of four pitchers in league history to allow less than 2.0 walks per nine innings. Mussina ranks right behind Clemens and Halladay with 186 career wins, posting a 3.94 ERA with 2,249 strikeouts. Schilling owns a career mark of 166-124 with 2,564 Ks and a 3.96 ERA.
Jones and Ortiz won four rings apiece, including as Chicago Cardinals teammates in 2013. Jones finished with 400 homers and ranks third in runs (1,604) and walks (1,290), and fifth in RBIs (1.528), while Ortiz posted 490 homers, 1,475 RBIs, and a .544 slugging percentage, as well as a single-season OPB of .480 that ranks ahead of everyone except Bonds from 2002-05.
Beltre, a three-time champ, appeared in a record 2,702 PGBL games, registering 1,501 RBIs, 1,377 runs and 396 homers. Guerrero hit .305 with 409 homers and 1,602 RBIs, and his 29-game hit streak in 2007 is the second longest in PGBL history. Beltran, the 2002 SL MVP, ranks in the Top 10 for homers (430), RBIs (1,480), runs (1,462) and doubles (520).
Players needed five of seven votes for election
7 votes – Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Randy Johnson, Mariano Rivera, Jim Thome
6 votes – Adrian Beltre, Vladimir Guerrero Sr., Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, John Smoltz
5 votes – Carlos Beltran, Derek Jeter, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Billy Wagner
3 – Ken Griffey Jr., Gary Sheffield
2 – Lance Berkman, Carlos Delgado
1 – Edgar Martinez, Sammy Sosa, Ichiro Suzuki, Trevor Hoffman, CCSabathia
0 – Moises Alou, Jason Giambi, Rafael Palmeiro, Mo Vaughn, Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, Andy Pettitte