Four new faces get plaques in baseball Hall of Fame

Jul 26, 2015 5:58 PM by Ross Field

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Four new members were inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame Sunday including Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

Craig Biggio

The multitalented native of Smithtown, New York on Long Island was enshrined on Sunday, becoming the first Houston Astro to make the Hall of Fame.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Biggio earned All-Star honors as both a catcher and second baseman in 20 years with the Astros. He is the only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs.

Biggio scored 1,844 runs, 15th on the career list, slammed 291 home runs, and stole 414 bases. He also was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time, and played both center and left field. He finished his career with 668 doubles and had over 1,000 extra-base hits.

John Smoltz

The right-hander who starred for the Braves was enshrined Sunday. He joins two other pitchers from those great Atlanta teams who were entered the Hall last year - Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Smoltz was a starter and reliever during his 21-year, career. He finished with a 213-155 record, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. He won 14 or more games 10 times and twice led the NL in wins (1996 and 2006), innings pitched (1996 and 1997) and strikeouts (1992 and 1996).

The Detroit native is the only man to make the Hall after having Tommy John surgery. Smoltz also is the only Braves player to be part of the franchise's entire run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 to 2005.

Randy Johnson

The towering left-hander, nicknamed the Big Unit, was enshrined Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 native of Walnut Creek, California, played 22 seasons in the major leagues and led his league in strikeouts nine times. He also earned four ERA titles and recorded 100 complete games and 37 shutouts.

Johnson's 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 behind Nolan Ryan's 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings is tops on the career list.

Johnson reached the pinnacle of his career with the Diamondbacks. In 2001, he went 21-6 in the regular season and 3-0 in the World Series against the Yankees, sharing Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling and leading Arizona to the title in the team's fourth year of existence.

Pedro Martinez

The hard-throwing right-hander joins former Giants ace Juan Marichal as the only natives of the Dominican Republican in the Hall.

Martinez won three Cy Young Awards and finished with a 219-100 record over 18 years, a winning percentage of .687. He won five ERA titles and had a career mark of 2.93. His 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th on the career list.

Martinez went 16-9 in 2004 and helped the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918. He pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 on the road in St. Louis. Martinez also pitched for the Dodgers, Montreal, the New York Mets and Philadelphia.

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