Pedro Martinez

In his prime, Martinez contended for the Cy Young nearly every year. He was an exception.
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Pedro Martinez, RHP

 

Career: 1992-2009, Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox
Fun fact: Struck out 5 of 6 hitters he faced in '99 All-Star Game


Led his league in ERA five times and strikeouts three times, and won three Cy Young Awards (1997, 1999 and 2000). Sixth all time in W-L percentage (219-100, .687) and 13th in strikeouts (3,154).

Featured an intimidating inside fastball assessed this way by Jason Giambi: "If you lean over the plate, he'll stick one up your nose."

Previous rank: 41