New England Sports React

Fan Favorites Amongst Sox’ HOF Inductees

Clemens, Martinez and Garciaparra were all beloved by the Fenway Faithful.

A trio of fan favorites will be joining the best-of-the-best this summer at Fenway Park.

Yesterday afternoon, it was announced that Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Nomar Garciaparra will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame this season, an honorable mention more than deserving for the three former big leaguers. Nomar’s numbers might not be quite illustrious enough, finishing short of 2,000 hits and 300 home runs, but Clemens and Martinez have statistics that rank among the best fireballers to have ever taken the rubber in the majors. Both are more than deserving of a plaque in Cooperstown. Clemens (steroid-user or not) finished his career with 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts, and a 3.12 ERA, remarkably consistent benchmarks for a pitcher that played in the league for 24 seasons. Martinez, meanwhile, ended with 219 wins, 3,154 strikeouts, and a 2.93 ERA over 18 seasons. One can only speculate as to what his numbers would’ve been had he played the same number of years as Clemens.

Despite the statistical disparity, both dazzled spectators and confused opposing hitters on the mound. Nomar similarly impressed fans with his skills, both at the plate and in the field. All three would have gone down as Red Sox greats anyways, but now they will go down as team hall-of-famers. And maybe in the coming years, Clemens and Martinez will have their names forever etched in bronze in a quaint mountain town in upstate New York.

-Ryan Hartley

Editor’s Note: WEEI radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione will also join the cast of those inducted this summer. Castiglione has been calling games since 1983.

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