#51: Pedro Martinez
Initially a Los Angeles Dodger, Pedro Martinez was traded to the Montreal Expos (Now Washington Senators) because he was “too small.”
BIG mistake for the Dodgers!
As Martinez’s career continued in Montreal, then Boston, he racked up some insane pitching stats! From 2002 to 2006 Martinez held the MLB record for the highest career winning percentage by a pitcher with at least 200 decisions, and with a final record of 219 wins and 100 losses, he retired with the fourth-highest winning percentage in history. By the time his career ended, Martinez racked up a lifetime ERA of 2.93, reached the 3,000 strikeout mark in fewer innings than any pitcher except Randy Johnson, and is the only pitcher to compile over 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 3,000 innings pitched! His career strikeout rate of 10.04 per 9 innings trails only Randy Johnson (10.61) among pitchers with over 1,500 innings.