COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap. Now he is waiting for a decision on his hairstyle.
The Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Martinez will have a Red Sox cap on his plaque, John Smoltz’s will have the Atlanta Braves and Randy Johnson’s will feature the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I’m extremely honored. But I expected it, that wasn’t a surprise,” Martinez said at the annual dinner of the Boston BBWAA, where he was to receive the prestigious Fuchs Award for long and meritorious service to baseball.
“Now it’s just a matter of going with the Jheri curls or not. And I would say ‘Yes,'” Martinez said.
Martinez won his first Cy Young Award with the Montreal Expos and the next two with the Red Sox, in 1999 and 2000, in one of the most dominant performances in baseball history. He pitched seven scoreless innings to win the third game of the 2004 World Series sweep of St. Louis, Boston’s first title since 1918.
Smoltz was the only player on all of Atlanta’s record-setting 14 consecutive playoff teams from 1991-2004. Craig Biggio, the other player to be inducted on July 26, did not present an issue: He spent his entire 20-year major league career with the Houston Astros.
“The museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense.
“For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable,” Idelson said.