RANDY JOHNSON, PEDRO MARTINEZ, SMOLTZ, BIGGIO ELECTED TO BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Four former players were elected to baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame class yesterday (January 6th): pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, all in the first year of eligibility, and Craig Biggio, who was a catcher, second baseman and outfielder, in his third year. This was the first time since 1955 that four players were chosen in one year.
- Johnson is a five-time Cy Young Award winner with 303 victories and 4,875 strikeouts.
- Martinez is a three-time Cy Young winner with 219 wins and 3,154 strikeouts who led the major leagues in ERA five times. He’s the second player from the Dominican Republic elected to the Hall, joiningJuan Marichal.
- Smoltz won the 1996 National League Cy Young, and had 213 wins and 154 saves, the only pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves.
- Biggio had 3,060 hits in 20 seasons.
Big-name former players Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, all of whom are suspected of having used steroids, remained far from election, getting a percentage of the vote in the high 30s or lower.
- This year’s class will be inducted at Cooperstown on July 26th.