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LIVE TV DEBATE SET FOR TOMORROW NIGHT ON PV-TV … plus … HALL CALLS PEDRO

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By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2015) — We begin today with an announcement. Tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m., PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION shall be broadcasting a new, live show. Christmas, New Year’s, and other commitments have given us a nice break during which we have shown reruns, which allows for enjoyment the second time around — or in the case of conspiracy theorists, the chance to parse each of THE PLANET‘s phrases and pauses, syllables and systemics, seriousness and silliness for the shards of their true meaning.

For something different, PV-TV shall have the honor of presenting what we might call the first debate of this, a municipal election season. Our Right Honorable Good Friends Chris Connell (Ward 4, council VP, and chair of Ordinance & Rules subcommittee) and Barry Clairmont (at-large) shall be squaring off in a rousing discussion of protocol, process, and politics.

Tune in, Channel 16 from the PC-TV studios, live beginning at 7 p.m. PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION is still the only show of its kind that dares to broadcast live, where the tightrope is placed at its highest elevation — sans net.

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PEDRO MARTINEZ ELECTED TO HALL IN  FIRST YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY

Now for a refreshing change of pace, THE PLANET shares this news out of Boston. It is an ode to greatness, achieved in a tainted era that still continues to cast a shadow on what was once this country’s National Pastime.

As you read this, remember that in an age of baseball where PEDs, steroids, and chemical cheating made too many players look like cover boys for Musclehead Magazine, this man did it clean, fair, and square. He is one of those rare ballplayers on the field today who could have excelled in any era.

He was small for his profession, 170 pounds dripping wet, but he possessed a drive and determination as large as THE PLANET has witnessed in any line of work. Today, we tip our cap to Pedro.

BOSTON, MA Pedro Martinez was today elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, garnering 91.1 percent of the vote.  The right-handed pitcher becomes one of 50 players ever with that distinction, and one of only 16 first-ballot pitchers, along with fellow 2015 electees Randy Johnson and John Smoltz.  Martinez joins Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Wade Boggs as the only first-ballot Hall of Famers that played more seasons for the Red Sox than for any other team.

Martinez is the 34th Red Sox player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.  He is the 11th Red Sox pitcher, and the first ever to be elected after playing his most major league seasons with Boston.  (Hall of Famer Cy Young’s eight seasons with the Red Sox are his most for any team in the modern major league era, but he played nine years with the National League’s Cleveland Spiders before 1900.)

Martinez received 500 of the 549 votes cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.  Winners must garner at least 75 percent of all ballots cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Martinez will meet fans at the Red Sox’ Baseball Winter Weekend Jan. 24.  He will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, Sunday, July 26, and will be honored at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 28.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight–time All-Star, the electric Martinez spent seven seasons with the Red Sox beginning in 1998 and was a key part of the 2004 team that brought a World Series title to Boston for the first time since 1918.

During his 18-year major league career, the right-hander went 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts in 2,827.1 innings.  His career .687 winning percentage ranks second among modern major leaguers (since 1900) behind only Whitey Ford’s .690 mark (more than 250 decisions).  His ERA was 50 percent better than the MLB average of 4.40 from 1993-2009.

Among pitchers with at least 2,500 career innings in the majors, only Nolan Ryan (.204) has a lower opponent batting average than Martinez (.214).  Since the live ball era began in 1920, no pitcher has a lower opponent on-base percentage than his .276 mark.

With the Red Sox, Martinez went 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA.  He has the best winning percentage in franchise history (.760) and also tops club records (min. 1,000 innings) with an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings and a .206 opponent batting average.  Among Red Sox all-time leaders, he ranks third in strikeouts (1,683), sixth in wins (117), and seventh in ERA.

In his tenure with Boston, Martinez was the major league leader in winning percentage, ERA, opponent batting average, opponent on-base percentage (.261), opponent slugging percentage (.317), opponent OPS (.578), and WHIP (0.98).  He also led all American Leaguers in strikeouts per nine innings, the only AL pitcher to average at least a strikeout per inning during that stretch.

He was the starter, winner, and Most Valuable Player of the memorable 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park on July 13.  He struck out the first four batters he faced:  Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa.  After Matt Williams reached on an error, he struck out Jeff Bagwell.  Williams was then caught stealing to end the inning and the seal the performance.

In his career, Martinez led the major leagues in ERA on five occasions, including 1997 with the Expos (1.90) and four times during his first five years as a member of the Red Sox: 1999 (2.07), 2000 (1.74), 2002 (2.26), and 2003 (2.22).  He won the AL’s strikeout title in 1999 (313), 2000 (284), and 2002 (239).

Martinez, now 43 years old, finished within the top four in AL Cy Young balloting in each of his six full seasons with the Red Sox (with the exception coming in 2001, when he was limited to 18 starts due to injury).

He was the unanimous winner of the American League’s Cy Young Award in back-to-back seasons–1999 and 2000.  Winning the AL pitching Triple Crown in 1999, he fanned a Red Sox-record 313 batters in 213.1 innings, and set an MLB record that still stands by striking out 37.5 percent of the batters he faced.  That year, he also set a big league record striking out at least 10 batters in eight consecutive games.

His 1.74 ERA in 2000 is the best single-season mark by an American League pitcher over the last 46 seasons (starting in 1969).  In 2000, he established modern major league records for lowest opponent average (.167), lowest opponent on-base percentage (.213), and WHIP (0.74).

Martinez joins fellow right-handed pitcher Juan Marichal (inducted in 1983) as the only natives of the Dominican Republic in the Hall of Fame.  Among all Dominican-born pitchers, Martinez has the highest winning percentage, most strikeouts, and ranks second to Marichal in wins and ERA.

Signed originally in 1988 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom he played in 1992 and 1993, Martinez also played for the Montreal Expos (1994-97), the Red Sox (1998-2004), the New York Mets (2005-08), and the Philadelphia Phillies (2009).

He is tied for the Red Sox record with 11 starts over four seasons of postseason play with Boston, and compiled a 3.40 ERA in his 13 total postseason outings with the club.  He is also the franchise’s all-time leader in wins (tied, 6), strikeouts (80), and innings pitched (79.1) in the postseason.

He returned to the Red Sox organization in January 2013 and has spent the last two years as Special Assistant to the General Manager.

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PEDRO MARTINEZ’S MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER RECORD

YR     CLUB                    W-L         ERA   G      GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP           H         R        ER   HR     HB           BB                          SO          

1992   LA DODGERS      0-1           2.25     2       1       0         0          0       8.0          6          2         2       0         0           1                              8

1993   LA DODGERS      10-5         2.61     65     2       0         0          2       107.0      76        34       31     5         4           57                            119

1994   MONTREAL         11-5         3.42     24     23     1         1          1       144.2      115      58       55     11       11           45                            142

1995   MONTREAL         14-10       3.51     30     30     2         2          0       194.2      158      79       76     21       11           66                            174

1996   MONTREAL         13-10       3.70     33     33     4         1          0       216.2      189      100     89     19       3           70                            222

1997   MONTREAL         17-8         1.90     31     31     13       4          0       241.1      158      65       51     16       9           67                            305

1998   BOSTON               19-7         2.89     33     33     3         2          0       233.2      188      82       75     26       8           67                            251

1999   BOSTON               23-4         2.07     31     29     5         1          0       213.1      160      56       49     9         9           37                            313

2000   BOSTON               18-6         1.74     29     29     7         4          0       217.0      128      44       42     17       14           32                            284

2001   BOSTON               7-3           2.39     18     18     1         0          0       116.2      84        33       31     5         6           25                            163

2002   BOSTON               20-4         2.26     30     30     2         0          0       199.1      144      62       50     13       15           40                            239

2003   BOSTON               14-4         2.22     29     29     3         0          0       186.2      147      52       46     7         9           47                            206

2004   BOSTON               16-9         3.90     33     33     1         1          0       217.0      193      99       94     26       16           61                            227

2005   NY METS              15-8         2.82     31     31     4         1          0       217.0      159      69       68     19       4           47                            208

2006   NY METS              9-8           4.48     23     23     0         0          0       132.2      108      72       66     19       10           39                            137

2007   NY METS              3-1           2.57     5       5       0         0          0       28.0        33        11       8       0         2           7                              32

2008   NY METS              5-6           5.61     20     20     0         0          0       109.0      127      70       68     19       6           44                            87

2009   PHILADELPHIA  5-1           3.63     9       9       0         0          0       44.2        48        18       18     7         4           8                              37

18-Yr. Totals                     219-100   2.93     476   409   46       17        3       2,827.1   2,221   1,006  919   239     141           760                          3,154

Red Sox Totals (7 Yrs.)    117-37     2.52     203   201   22       8          0       1,383.2   1,044   428     387   103     77           309                          1,683

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“Are you mellow inside? Can you take it trough the night? It’s a Code of the Road. Pull, no matter the load”Grin, “Code of the Road,” from the album 1+1, (1971).

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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dusty
dusty
6 years ago

I will be sure to watch your show Thursday night. Kudos to the two councilman for appearing. The mayor cannot be happy about this.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
6 years ago

Cool PV with DV and CC and BC should prove interesting

Bill Sturgeon
Bill Sturgeon
6 years ago

I applaud the two council people for agreeing to this debate. One word comes to mind “TRANSPARENCY”! Where have I heard that word before?????????????????
Good job Dan!

Scott
Scott
6 years ago

PM is a perfect example of why they should just allow “performance enhancers” so the guys that opt out of a synthetic advantage can be recognized for thier natural abilities. Thanks for the stats and info it certainly was a breath of fresh air.

italia
italia
6 years ago

Does anyone know if the court date, Jan.6, was canceled or postponed regarding former ward 3 councilor?

Mr. X
Mr. X
6 years ago

Pedro has gotta be the only guy in the HOF to body slam an aging, out of shape old man. Way to go Pedro!

Mr. X
Mr. X
6 years ago

Pedro has gotta be the only guy in the HOF to body slam an aging, out of shape old man, during a game no less…way to be a role model for the kids watching!

Mr. X
Mr. X
6 years ago

C’mon man!…all he had to do was stand there…Zim would’ve stopped and went nose to nose jawing with him…Pedro stepped to the side and pushed him to the ground…did he really feel threatened by a fat old man coming at him? He’s a coward…hope that made him feel like a big man…C’mon man!

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Mr. X
6 years ago

You really can’t blame Pedro. The man came at him like a gerbil on crack. Zimmer even tearfully apologized after the incident.

Cosbiesladies
Cosbiesladies
6 years ago

Barry Clairmont Connell? is that all ya got? We wanna see Tes and Barry!

Cosbiesladies
Cosbiesladies
6 years ago

Come on TES, we’re calling you out dude, swallow your pride and go on the Planet. Hell, it could be a good thing!

PopKornSutton
PopKornSutton
6 years ago

Dusty thanks for making my day with the fart’ comment, haven’t laughed in a week before that, Thanx. On a different note, watching t v can’t take any more of the boner commercials, the push it’ commercial with salt and pepa,and last but to least, eh, forget about it, that’s enough for now.

Dick Rubnutz
Dick Rubnutz
6 years ago

Thanks to the Planet for a great read day in and day out!

MrG1188
MrG1188
6 years ago

Good lord…I really think standards for the HOF have sunk dramatically. Pedro Martinez, by historic standards is NOT a first ballot hall of famer. For that matter neither is John Smoltz. If you welcome in Pedro you gotta open the doors for Guidry as well. Check the stats.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  MrG1188
6 years ago

I think you should compare the stats, not even close

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
6 years ago

219 Wins for the Hall of Fame???? Red Sox homers all over this pick, there are a dozen pitchers with more wins that this clown, not in the Hall. Hell, David Wells is a better pick with an even more colorful personality!!!!!!!!

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Shakes His Head
6 years ago

David Wells has a 4.30 lifetime era. Sorry that not good enough.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Shakes His Head
6 years ago

What are these dozen pitchers era’s how many strikeouts do they have. Wins are not the end all for pitchers. Win’s are a team effort, no run support no wins.

Shakes His Head
Shakes His Head
6 years ago

219 wins in a short career is not Hall Worthy.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Shakes His Head
6 years ago

Could you explain to me why in your opinion wins are the most important factor for a pitcher. Most of the time pitchers do not decide wins or losses unless they get lit up. Pedro didnt get lit up to often.If you go 9 give up 0 runs, you could end up with a no decision.. Baseball is a team sport, it’s not golf, if it was Pedro would have 300+. Yankee fans must get over it, he was and is a hall of fame pitcher.