The Red Sox Hall of Fame will welcome four new members in 2014.
Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Roger Clemens and Joe Castiglione have been selected as the 2014 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductees, the club announced Wednesday.
Martinez, one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, was a two-time Cy Young winner and four-time All-Star in his seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1998-2004. The right-hander also finished as the Cy Young runner-up in 1998 and 2002, was third in 2003 and finished fourth in 2004. Martinez is the club’s all-time leader with a .760 (117-37) career winning percentage.
Garciaparra, whose batter’s box toe-tapping inspired Little Leaguers everywhere, was an All-Star in five of his nine seasons with the Red Sox from 1996-2004. The shortstop has the fourth-best career batting average (.323) and fifth-best slugging percentage (.553) in Red Sox history.
Clemens, who thus far has fallen short in his quest to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will enter the Red Sox Hall of Fame after 13 impressive seasons with the organization, beginning in 1984. “The Rocket” won three Cy Young awards with the Red Sox and the American League MVP in 1986. Clemens, a five-time All-Star with Boston, is tied with Cy Young for the most career wins (192) and most career shutouts (38) as a member of the Red Sox. He is the all-time franchise leader in strikeouts (2,590).
Castiglione has spent 31 seasons as the Red Sox’ play-by-play announcer — second only to Red Sox Hall of Fame broadcaster Ned Martin, 1961-1993. Castiglione had the privilege of covering Martinez, Garciaparra and Clemens during their playing days.
The players were chosen by a 16-person panel that includes club executives, print and broadcast media members, booster club representatives and historians. Garciaparra was one of 15 position players under consideration, while Martinez and Clemens were among 13 pitchers considered.
A “Great Red Sox Moment” also is chosen by the Red Sox Hall of Fame panel. This year’s selection is Martinez’s one-hit, 17-strikeout complete-game win against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 10, 1999.
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