Pedro Martinez Pitched the Greatest Season Ever. Then He Did It Again. | Baseball Bits

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Pedro Martinez 1999 and Pedro Martinez 2000 are two examples of the best pitching season of all time. Bob Gibson 1968 is commonly brought up, but in this episode of Baseball Bits, a Foolish Baseball production, I suggest that perhaps Pedro Martinez Red Sox star pitched the MLB best season ever.
In this video, we talk about his arsenal of pitches. That Pedro Martinez changeup is one of the best pitches you'll ever see. We talk about some of his noteworthy games, such as various Pedro Martinez vs Yankees outings. This video also includes a breakdown of a Pedro Martinez All Star Game outing in Fenway, and Pedro Martinez Game 5 1999 ALDS heroics.
Some stats included in this video include ERA+, WHIP, and FIP. This video includes explanations of all three. Baseball certainly is a numbers game, so knowing how they work is key to understanding my argument.
Finally, we discuss an always tricky topic. The best pitcher in baseball history. I won't try to bore you with some Pedro Martinez Cy Young comps, though. At the end of the day, it's just about appreciating what a great pitcher did...twice.
538 on the best pitchers of all time:
ALDS Game 5 full:
17 strikeouts vs Yankees full:

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  • I see holes in his bat - Pedro "The beantown phenom" Martinez

    UsadaislegitUsadaislegitVor Stunde
  • Gotta love the Undertale music.

  • I laughed hard when you said clayton kershaw in the conversation of greatest pitcher of all time

    jay kaipijay kaipiVor Tag
  • Greatest 3-4 year span of pure dominance from a pitcher I've ever seen. Better than Maddux, Big Unit, Kershaw..list goes on

    um52um52Vor Tag
  • Didn't Bob Gibson do something similarly amazing? 1.12 ERA 300+ innings, 268 Strikeouts, 258 ERA+ (7th highest all time in a season), and a WAR of 11.2

    EEVor Tag
  • Holy wows, I love your presentation and style! This amazing pixelated late 80s early 90s game box esq cool whip never quits!

    manintheskiffmanintheskiffVor 2 Tage
  • “Hi, I’m Pedro Martinez.”

    Chris PattonChris PattonVor 3 Tage
  • Nothing more epic than Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez with meglavania in the background

    Aaron TolbertAaron TolbertVor 3 Tage
  • Megalovania is at 13:48, love the undertale music

    AaronAaronVor 3 Tage
  • Could you do a video on the difference between Kershaw's regular season career vs his postseason career? It's crazy to look at the splits and if anything like it has ever happened.

    cris rodriguezcris rodriguezVor 3 Tage
  • Watching this and then seeing Kershaw blow up, it makes me think there may be an interesting baseball bits/deep dive into the question of whether or not you should bring an elite starter in from the pen during the playoffs.

    sublimelouiesublimelouieVor 4 Tage
  • Great compilation for a great pitcher!

    Antonio DuvergeAntonio DuvergeVor 5 Tage
  • This channel is so sick

    Orlando TelenovaOrlando TelenovaVor 6 Tage
  • the beat at 8:57 is pitstop by carti, boy you got a healthy taste of tunes mr foolish

    Dylan RodriguezDylan RodriguezVor 6 Tage
    • If you check the credits or scroll the comments you'd see that it's all "Undertale" mucic.

      cris rodriguezcris rodriguezVor 4 Tage
  • that beat at 6:00 is unotheactivist - boofpack prod. milanmakesbeats

    Dylan RodriguezDylan RodriguezVor 6 Tage
  • Best steroid using pitcher of the steroid era.

    JewfishJewfishVor 9 Tage
  • I have always said this exact same thing....for 2 years..Pedro Martinez was the best baseball player the world will ever see. Fantastic ratios in strike outs and walks and a Perfect Game through 9 IP. Also this video against the Mariners....

    versatyle45versatyle45Vor 9 Tage
  • Can we get a fr video on the best pickoff moves? I want to see how you rank Jon Lester.

    Xarity AllynXarity AllynVor 10 Tage
  • I give a shit about none of the stuff you cover but I still watch because you are quite entertaining.

    Oldstuff ManOldstuff ManVor 11 Tage
  • How about a video on if Billy Hamilton could hit?

    moedanglezmoedanglezVor 11 Tage
  • I totally agree...Pedro's peek was one of the best of all time...Pedro was just comparing himself to DeGrom last tonight...Mets just have inconsistent run support

    TD Sports CardsTD Sports CardsVor 12 Tage
  • Large attractive haha

    chole priiccechole priicceVor 12 Tage
  • What the hell are you talking about? Nobody has pitched a better season than Bob Gibson, 1968. NOBODY. 1.12 ERA recorded but real ERA of 1.09. He pitched against almost every all-star hitter that year and made them look below average, literally. Gibson was so good, even by the standards of what was known ever since as "The Year Of The Pitcher," the MLB lowered the pitcher's mound and shrank the strike zone to compensate. Pedro is an all-time great, don't get me wrong, but he did not pitch the greatest season of all time, it's an objective fact.

    Redout9122Redout9122Vor 12 Tage
  • Dont forget about tom seaver

    Ace 1999Ace 1999Vor 12 Tage
  • Do you think you could do one on the greatest pitching career on Nolan Ryan? It seems like there isn’t too much about his accolades anywhere in media which is crazy to think because of what he’s actually been able to do in his career.

    Jay B. WrightJay B. WrightVor 13 Tage
  • Can you do a video on how the Mariners let down Felix Hernandez for a decade?

    armychowmeinarmychowmeinVor 14 Tage
  • do one on dale murphy :) plz

    jonfishmaconjonfishmaconVor 14 Tage
  • These videos are f’ing amazing! Keep.It.Up

  • Mr. McLain, Mr. Koufax and Mr. Gibson would like a word with you . . . .

    ktpinnaclektpinnacleVor 15 Tage
  • As a yanks fan I remember not even wanting to watch when Pedro pitch bc he was a beast,but damn those stats are just unreal,u have me convinced

    Juan SantiagoJuan SantiagoVor 16 Tage
  • Do a baseball bits on bob Gibsons dominant year

    Peter WadePeter WadeVor 16 Tage
  • yeah but he played for a team in Boston sooooo i kind of hate him

    J.D. KellyJ.D. KellyVor 16 Tage
  • talking about good pitchers how about liam hendrick's 1.80 for 75 games this season

    Gregory BeirneGregory BeirneVor 16 Tage
  • 2004 - The Zimmer Toss.

    Darrel EddingsDarrel EddingsVor 16 Tage
  • Pedro Martinez + PEDs = Greatness

    Arbeit Macht Frei, GoyimArbeit Macht Frei, GoyimVor 16 Tage
  • Yes, let's have a Baseball Bits on how Barry Bonds went from averaging 30 HRs per season for 14 years, from 21 to 34 years old, (behind the averages of Aaron, Mays, Robinson, Mantle, Killebrew over their first 14 years) ) to averaging 51.6 (from 35 to 39 years old). Any moron who even entertains the notion that he did this without performance-enhancing drugs establishes himself, beyond any doubt, as the most gullible, willfully blind jackass in human history. Don't was my time or anyone else's.

    Kenneth ShoulerKenneth ShoulerVor 16 Tage
  • These vids are great. Keep up the good work my dude

    NatstownNatstownVor 16 Tage
  • Pedro emoji looks more like David Price

    Mike McGinlayMike McGinlayVor 16 Tage
  • Bob Gibson's my GOAT! But I'm from St. Louis, so I'm biased.

    Louis GreubelLouis GreubelVor 17 Tage
  • Imma let you finish but Tim keefe had the greatest season of all time...of all time

    Victor PerezVictor PerezVor 17 Tage
  • Could you do a video about Albert pujols during his prime?

    Mike V.W.Mike V.W.Vor 17 Tage
  • You should do a video on Is Yadier Molina a Hall of Famer

    Wendall HostetlerWendall HostetlerVor 17 Tage
  • DeGrom in 18 had almost identical numbers to Pedro in 2000 except with Dog**** luck even on a second division team

    Steven KunzerSteven KunzerVor 17 Tage
  • He threw too many strikes to have a no-hitter. It is a bummer that Montreal game didn’t end with a 9 inning No Hitter for Pedro. On any given day Nolan Ryan would have that perfect wild balance of having the nastiest stuff, but on consistency I don’t know if anyone had better stuff than Pedro.

    Steven KunzerSteven KunzerVor 17 Tage
  • best in our life time is randy johnson ... now you no

    carl namecarl nameVor 18 Tage
  • Great video! Very Clear, On point yet funny Analysis! Way better than ESPN

    Fernando PeñaFernando PeñaVor 18 Tage

    Anthony CorralesAnthony CorralesVor 18 Tage
  • Could you possibly compare this to Gerrit Cole’s 2019

    thelinedrivethelinedriveVor 18 Tage
  • You didn't mention that pedro was obviously juicing

    King YellowmanKing YellowmanVor 19 Tage
  • Love ur baseball bits videos...keep em up

    The REAL ThiefThe REAL ThiefVor 19 Tage
  • 2 weeks later when this goes viral for 500K - 1 M hits: MLB: Ok, we'll comment now! Foolish baseball -- I was wondering when you'd show up

    paysonfox88paysonfox88Vor 19 Tage
  • I remember the 1999 Pedro very well as a Yankee fan. Absolutely cringed when I saw him listed as the starting pitcher for a game. He had just absolutely nasty pitches and it was painful to watch your team just whiff at every at bat. Only he did fall off quickly from what I remember as bad injuries. The 2004 Pedro looked nothing like the 1999 Pedro Martinez. His pitches didn't have the same velocity and he tired out much quicker.

    BadAimBadAimVor 19 Tage
  • In my stack of ephemera I still have an old Dodgers game program with both Pedro and Ramon Martinez on the cover - hyping the brothers. That was before he was traded because he was "too small". The word Delino still echoes in my head. The thing was, Dodger geeks like me knew he was awesome, but whatever the early 90s version of talent assessment was shit all over him because of his size and the Dodgers mostly used him in relief because they were locked on to that assessment. I kind of hate how baseball has turned into a video game recently with managers using computer projections replacing old gut feel baseball decisions but Pedro Martinez and the Dodgers was like the antithesis of that. Oh, Delino.

    David KetteringDavid KetteringVor 19 Tage
  • Best pitcher of all time. Not even a question imo.

    hallwagnerhallwagnerVor 19 Tage
  • Foolish Baseball fills you with determination.

    Shaun WieseShaun WieseVor 20 Tage
  • "Career-high in strikeouts for a season was just 69, so he did a NICE job of putting balls in play." Sixty Nine Sixty NICE

    NaveNozidNaveNozidVor 20 Tage
  • If you ever do the Bob Gibson in 1968 video, please compare him to Denny McLain in 1968, because their statistics were both absurd that year and Denny McLain's season feels forgotten as a result of Bob Gibson's ERA. The question remains: Which one of those two guys REALLY cause the mound to get lowered six inches?

    Pete CasellaPete CasellaVor 20 Tage
  • In the 1999 MVP vote, a couple voters completely left Pedro off their MVP ballots, because in their (bad) opinions, starting pitchers were not qualified to win an MVP award. Replace those guys with any sane baseball writers, and he wins the 1999 MVP.

    mrmacrossmrmacrossVor 20 Tage
  • Just imagine how many strikeouts Pedro could've amassed in today's era. I take that back. It would still be in the low 300's because upper management wouldn't allow him to throw that many complete games.

    mrmacrossmrmacrossVor 20 Tage
  • 20:18 Then in 2019, esp. after All-Star break, we enter the juiced balls era. the league as a whole has hit more HR's, two team are duelling for pushing the team records (Twins and Yankees), even when Pete Alonso 'only' scored 50.

    Brock MakBrock MakVor 20 Tage
  • This year's ERA: Great pitchers getting hammered everywhere. Even Hyun-jin Ryu went from sub-1.5 before the All Star Break to 2.41 now. From the AL, Gerritt Cole and Verlander are both slightly above 2.5, but Verlander got blasted for more HR's than ever before.

    Brock MakBrock MakVor 20 Tage
    • Interesting. Yet Verlander's SO/9 are higher and BB/9 are lower than ever since he joined the Astros.

      ktpinnaclektpinnacleVor 15 Tage
  • 1:13 World Series 2K1, but that game wasn't on PAL, so I only had MLB 2k2.

    Brock MakBrock MakVor 20 Tage
  • Pedro's 2000 season is the only time anything in baseball history can be compared to the Babe Ruth vs. the rest of the league HR numbers at times. A single player's inhuman dominance over everyone else

    john harjohn harVor 21 Tag
  • I loved growing up and watching Pedro, Maddux, and Johnson dominate hitters.

    DanDanVor 21 Tag
  • 10:39 easy mow people down when you are getting strike calls a foot outside.

    DanDanVor 21 Tag
  • I want someone to find the playoff game that Pedro came in as a reliever, and at one point threw 5 changeups in a row.

    DanDanVor 21 Tag
  • Could you do a video on Tony Gwynn and how amazing of a hitter he was.

    LaFlame _LaFlame _Vor 21 Tag
  • I'd love to see a baseball bits on the 2014-2015 Royals bullpen. During that stretch, all the starters had to do was get to at least the 5th inning and the game would damn near be sealed up. Also as a royals fan I'd like to enjoy something royals related for once as the team has reached 100 losses

    Grant HardingGrant HardingVor 21 Tag
  • Hey Foolish, love the vids, and I got an aberration for you. Look at the leaders in BABIP, Yoán Moncada is plus at .409, Tim Anderson is at .396 and Bryan Reynolds is the only other guy above .365, at .393. Those numbers are crazy, and you have another CWS player in the top 10 with Leury Garcia at 7. Crazy numbers bro

    klenby dolittleklenby dolittleVor 21 Tag
    • You know what's crazy is that I'm looking at the BABIP leaderboards on FanGraphs right as I read this.

      Foolish BaseballFoolish BaseballVor 21 Tag
  • As a kid I grew up a yankee fan and was to young to really comprehend the intricacies if baseball, I know understand how great of a pitch he was. I hold a lot of respect for what he did and his analysis on MLB network is so good. The dude knows pitching. FYI: I'm a Phillies fan now as an adult, moved from New York as a team. But we suck...

    Juan BolanosJuan BolanosVor 21 Tag
Pedro Martinez Pitched the Greatest Season Ever. Then He Did It Again. | Baseball Bits