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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  • One of those 15ks and 0 walks was ROOKIE Kerry Wood.

    Mute WAHMute WAHVor 14 Stunden
  • 11:40 where can i find this remix of the shop theme?

    Jack ForresterJack ForresterVor 16 Stunden
  • That pitch at 10:40 sure as fuck looked like a ball to me lol

    EarthboundmikeEarthboundmikeVor 19 Stunden
  • Ron Guidry from the second half split 1977 & 1978 (+ Playoffs & WS) 39-5 W-L 1.91 era (threw 7 shutouts after the '78 all-star break, which included 2, 2-hit shutouts vs. Boston on successive weekends in Sept.) Last 3 games in '78 on 3 days' rest- 2-hit shutout, 4-hit 1-run CG win, and the Bucky Dent one-game playoff win. And don't forget the AL had the DH too. Only guy to top that was Gibson (and I saw it) in '68 (34 games started, 304.2 IP, 38 ER)

    WMG 58WMG 58Vor 22 Stunden
  • I was at that all star game! It's the most insane story ever. We, and I swear to God this is true, accidentally snuck into the stadium with the Aramark food vendors, thinking we were following a line of people into the stadium for a tour ahead of the game. Ended up getting to stay the entire game and watch Pedro dominate. Best part though was Nomar and Ted Williams together on the mound during pre-game.

    Christopher JacksonChristopher JacksonVor Tag
  • 13:23 Randy Johson

    Not MeNot MeVor Tag
  • acts like coors gives you a better hitting percentage lol

    Bryce BrownBryce BrownVor 2 Tage
  • noone talking ab megalovania at the 13:50 mark?

    Enzo ArcamoneEnzo ArcamoneVor 3 Tage
  • Not to mention this man was intimidating as hell

    Mklick 5Mklick 5Vor 4 Tage
  • This dude using the undertail sound track lol made it easier to watch

    edwin colonedwin colonVor 4 Tage
  • When people ask me who the greatest pitcher ever is, I always reply Pedro. His peak was just so much better than ANY OTHER pitcher during the offense heavy "steroid" era, in the AL east, during the great run by the Yankees. I will concede he's not the "best", but he is the greatest, and there IS a difference.

    derpaderpaderpaderderpaderpaderpaderVor 5 Tage
  • You should do one on Randy Johnson. It's a good fight between those two, especially if you consider longevity and single-game marks (perfect game, 20k, etc)

    Raoni LarenaRaoni LarenaVor 5 Tage
  • Pedro is a dick!

    TRK516TRK516Vor 7 Tage
  • Id wanna see Pedro pitch to Jeff Mathis and see what happens

    Brayden GreenBrayden GreenVor 8 Tage
  • Let's get a video on Tim Keefes 293 ERA+ season

    pronounced no-ughpronounced no-ughVor 8 Tage
  • Thank you for the Satchel reference. I don’t hear that name nearly enough

    Catching MistCatching MistVor 8 Tage
  • Brad Radke!? I'll watch that one. PLEASE make that one.

    Travis WhitingTravis WhitingVor 10 Tage
  • 10:40 was not a strike. Not even close.

    ajneufeld762ajneufeld762Vor 10 Tage
  • Pedro for president

    Omgitsjoetime TOmgitsjoetime TVor 12 Tage
  • My favorite Episode!! I'm obsessed with your channel, I would love to see one on Home Run race of Sosa/McGwire...that season I fell in love with Baseball

    Sammy DeGuidoSammy DeGuidoVor 13 Tage
  • Best pitcher ever inning for inning. Only knock on Pedro, and its not really a knock, the guy can't control how small he is, was he didn't put up the big inning totals. Those 1999 and 2000 as great as they were....he didn't put up huge inning totals. Compare those years to say Clemens in 97....2.05 ERA in 264 innings, or Randy Johnson 02 in 260 something, Or Gooden in 85. Imagine if Pedro had to get another 4 outs a game in 99 and 2000....his ERA might not have been as mind blowing. But he's definitely top 10 all time, and inning for inning probably the best ever. His size and durability is the only knock....He didnt walk people much, he K 10 per 9, didn't give up many homers, threw hard, and had incredible movement....and his changeup is the best ever. Watching him from 97 to 2001 was UNREAL how much he dominated.

    Duke DeMatteoDuke DeMatteoVor 14 Tage
  • AL Hitters in 1999: F you, Pedro. Stop being so nasty. Pedro in 2000: I'LL FUCKEN DO IT AGAIN

    SkepticSkepticVor 15 Tage
  • Pedro Martinez has WHIP of .737 You know why cause base runners are for suckers and Pedro Martinez is no sucker

    Brandon CookBrandon CookVor 16 Tage
  • Gotta mention Tom Seaver, he’s should be in the discussion

    E-double Da GI banditE-double Da GI banditVor 23 Tage
  • watched the entire ad at the end just cause i respect it not being placed in the middle of the video so much. and that the video itself was an absolute banger

    Fors WithazFors WithazVor 29 Tage
  • 14:20 case of the yips? How do you double clutch that throw?

    Nathan McGuireNathan McGuireVor Monat
  • it was an amazing time … everyone was sure the sox would win the World Series. the mvp voting was thievery, 2 writers completely left pedro off their ballots b/c they didn't feel that pitchers deserved it. Pedro throws 100 pitches per game … no more, no exceptions

    jim ewokjim ewokVor Monat
  • Granted I’m a Pads fan and biased, and Pedro was amazing, but I gotta go Hoffy for best change up ever.

    Yakson YaksoffYakson YaksoffVor Monat
  • whenever i feel said, i watch this video. thank you pedro.

    nice remarknice remarkVor Monat
  • Id rather Randy Johnson

    91UnclesRemuses91UnclesRemusesVor Monat
  • Just when you thought 2000 Shaq had the most dominant season ever. Unreal. 2000 Pedro was on another level.

    joenicedjjoenicedjVor Monat
  • Can we get a Nolan Ryan video?

    Patrick SmithPatrick SmithVor Monat
  • It may have been the dead Ball era but check out Grover Alexander stats from 1915 thru 1917...3 straight 30 win seasons...and I wont even start about his era and complete games

    Sue BlueSue BlueVor Monat
  • Best pitcher ever

    J JimmJ JimmVor Monat
  • Prime Pedro is a perfect pitcher.

    Tuna On A StickTuna On A StickVor Monat
  • Again....please do a " Roger Clemens career was otherworldly" video. Cy Youngs in 3 different decades, in his 20s, 30s and 40s, on different teams and leagues......With the highest WAR of the live ball era....BY FAR......Seaver is 25 war points away .

    Duke DeMatteoDuke DeMatteoVor Monat
  • Pedro's lack of durability is the only reason why he's not the best of all time or at least the top of the era with the other members of the big 4.

    Duke DeMatteoDuke DeMatteoVor Monat
  • turned this shit off then he said Kershaw should be considered in the GOAT conversation. Laughable opinion

    CiridanCiridanVor Monat
  • Yeah talk all you want but Tim Keefe has the highest single-season WAR of anyone soooo

    Nick HawdonNick HawdonVor Monat

    Connor SeamsConnor SeamsVor Monat
  • I think Pudge Rodriguez and Jason Giambi should be forced to hand over their respective MVP awards to Pedro, especially since they were both juiceheads.

    Alexander TolivaisaAlexander TolivaisaVor Monat
  • Pete Harnisch. Ftw. Go Reds!

    Josh TaylorJosh TaylorVor Monat
  • My son just got the baseball bug. Which in turn has me reliving my little league years by playing catch with him. Ultimately, my baseball bug is in full swing right now. To the main point....your channel is fantastic. Love the music. Love the info. Love the stats. I can tell you put a lot of time into your channel. Keep up the good work.

    Jose BonillaJose BonillaVor Monat
  • How much would his stats have suffered if he had to pitch 35 starts each year? I'll take Randy Johnson's 45-11 with 706 strikeout for 2001-02.Also two Cy Youngs.

    JungleEddieJungleEddieVor Monat
  • I can only imagine what a full length documentary sponsored my the MLB would be like in the caring hands of this great man! Keep up the great content! Best baseball channel on any platform ever!

    Gage StewartGage StewartVor Monat
    • @Foolish Baseball greatest moment of my life! Haha thanks for the reply!

      Gage StewartGage StewartVor Monat
    • you hear that, MLB?

      Foolish BaseballFoolish BaseballVor Monat
  • I won my first ever Fantasy Baseball season in 1998 when I was 15 yrs old on the backs of 5 players alone: A Rod, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa (yep, I had both of them in 1998), Tom Glavine, and my ace of aces... *Pedro Martinez.* Other than Mike Piazza everyone else on my team was garbage because I was a teenager who didn't know what the hell he was doing. Didn't matter. Those guys just killed it for me.

    Britton ThompsonBritton ThompsonVor Monat
  • Hurry up and do a Greg Maddux video ffs

    st3v0sst3v0sVor Monat
  • My opinion is that Pedro is the greatest pitcher of all time behind Bob Gibson and Koufax. Pedro had nasty pitches and was throwing to guys juiced out of their minds and setting offensive records every year. Pedro Martinez is the man

    M MM MVor Monat
  • Do a video about Nomar Garciaparra. Dude is underrated as hell.

    Walter StandridgeWalter StandridgeVor Monat
  • My Top 10 Pitchers since the expansion 1. Sandy Koufax 2. Pedro Martinez 3. Bob Gibson 4. Randy Johnson 5. Greg Maddux 6. Tom Seaver 7. Roger Clemens 8. Clayton Kershaw 9. Max Scherzer 10. Juan Marichal

    Salvatore SultanaSalvatore SultanaVor Monat
  • Could you do a video about Dazzy Vance's 1924 season where only one guy in the NL had 1/3rd as many strikeouts as Vance? That's almost as impressive as Martinez leading the league in ERA by almost 2 runs. I think Warren Spahn deserves a mention for conversation for GOAT. If he hadn't lost three seasons at the start of his career to WWII, he might have won 400 games. He still finished his career with 100 WAR and 363 wins despite spending his 22-24 year old seasons serving in the military.

    Gabriel RockmanGabriel RockmanVor Monat
  • Dominican boy, his a killer

    Daniel PpaDaniel PpaVor Monat
  • Best pitcher ive ever seen hands down

    BreezyConReezy -BreezyConReezy -Vor Monat
  • It's him and Maddux.

    joshua handjoshua handVor Monat
  • I got his autograph the day the Red Sox retired his number and 2 days after he was inducted into the hof

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  • Bob Gibson, 1968. People say the era was more pitcher friendly, and that's true. But his ERA of 1.12 was still more than 3x lower than the league average of 3.38. Pedro in 1999 had an ERA of 2.07 vs the league average of 4.86, which means his was 2.34x lower. In 2000, his ERA was 1.74 vs the league average of 4.91, which means his was 2.82x lower. Still not the 3.01x lower Gibson had in 1968. It remains the only season in modern baseball history where a pitcher posted an ERA of 3x lower than the league ERA.

    Manu Ginobilis Bald SpotManu Ginobilis Bald SpotVor Monat
  • GOAT? Where's Jenny Finch? What's that? Uhhh... Why doesn't Olympic Softball count? And my case for Ms. Finch includes her guest appearance on Mythbusters on PITCHING. Does Pedro Martinez have THAT in his repertoire??? Now, if you mean ONLY MLB Pitchers, then I agree. But don't forget another big Red Sox star pitcher.... Babe Ruth!

    July MillerJuly MillerVor Monat
  • When Pedro was at his best, he was THE best I’ve ever watched. A unique combination of high velocity, late movement, control, and of course the change up. He didn’t have the longevity of a Maddux or a Clemens, but his good years were SO GOOD.

    Kevin HarrisKevin HarrisVor Monat
  • As an Indians fan, I witnessed the great '95 team go up against Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson at the peak of their powers .... and while those guys were phenomenal, Pedro was simply at another level. When he entered that Game 5 with the score tied, it felt like the game was already lost (especially when Lofton got injured) ............ After O'Leary's HR (he had a grand slam and a 3 run HR in that game, both times after intentionally walking Garciaparra, who was also the best playoff hitter the Indians ever faced), the 3 run deficit felt like it was 30 ......................................The Indians had plenty of prospects in 97 that they could have traded for Pedro, but did not pull the trigger.

  • I’m diggin the Undertale music

    Julian BellJulian BellVor Monat
  • i don't even like baseball but you easily have one of the best sport's channels on youtube

    Quinn GarlandQuinn GarlandVor Monat
  • Ron Guidry was 25-3 with a 1.74 era including winning the 163rd game of the regular season in a tie breaking pennant clinching game against the Red Sox and then went on to win 2 World Series games against the Dodgers so he wound up with 25 wins against 3 losses, a victory in a 1 game playoff, ALCS, and World Series while pitching 16 complete games with nine shut outs 248 strikeouts including a game where he struck out 18 batters against the California angels, which at the time was only one shy of the record which was 19. I understand Pedro did what he did in the steroid era, and I’m not arguing that Guidry was better than Pedro Martinez but if we’re talking the best season, I think this one takes the cake. He walked away with the title, Pedro didn’t.

    bLaCjAcK DanielsbLaCjAcK DanielsVor Monat
  • Ah yes, Large Attractive. Everyone's favourite pitching rhinoceros. That guy is the best!

    GregN456GregN456Vor Monat
  • DO GREG MADDUX 1994 1995

    Bobby AnastacioBobby AnastacioVor Monat
  • These two seasons are why I was 100% against Verlander winning MVP as a pitcher. I mean, if Pedro couldn't get the MVP for these seasons, no pitcher should.

    Matthew SmithMatthew SmithVor Monat
  • Still waiting for Pedro in MLB The Show... :(

    Big BirdBig BirdVor Monat
  • you make some awesome video game music choices my man

    Gregory LeeGregory LeeVor Monat
  • Yes, he is the all time greatest!

    Francis AsencioFrancis AsencioVor Monat
  • Never been more proud to be a dbacks fan than I was watching matty William's reach on an error. Atta boy!

    Casey MichelCasey MichelVor Monat
  • Roy halladay was my favorite pedro was second. You should do a video on the doc. His 2010 season was pretty insane. No hitter and a perfect game in the same year. And he was always the league leader in complete games most since cy young.

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