In the text on his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque, officials highlighted the speed and accuracy of Pedro Martinez's pitches — his control and his deft changeup — and also made note of his impressive statistical feats (219 wins, 117 of them with the Red Sox), and his three Cy Young Awards (two with the Sox, one with Montreal).
Here is what's written on his plaque, which was revealed for the first time on Sunday at the Class of 2015 induction ceremony:
Featuring an electric arsenal of pitches that vanquished batters during an era of high octane offense, the fiery righty from the Dominican Republic owned the inside part of the plate with an exploding fastball and confounding change-up. Led league in E.R.A. five times and strikeouts three times en route to three Cy Young Awards and eight All-Star Selections. First pitcher to retire with 3,154 strikeouts in fewer than 3,000 innings. Won 219 games with an astounding .687 winning percentage. Posted 117-37 record in Boston, helping to lead Red Sox to 2004 World Series Championship.
Kevin Paul Dupont contributed to this report.