Pedro Martinez, 2000
Paul (echoing a sentiment I have written more than once):
Let me state this unequivocally: Not only did Pedro Martinez in 2000 post the best season by any player in Red Sox history, he posted the best pitching season ever in the history of baseball. His 1.74 ERA, stripped of all context, is still in the top 100. When considering the league-average ERA in 2000 was 5.07, the mind boggles. ...Read the entire entry ... then thank your lucky stars that you were alive when Pedro Martinez played baseball.
Martinez's 2000 is generally recognized as one of the great seasons – it's mentioned in a breath with Gibson's 1968, any of Sandy Koufax's final three seasons, Maddux's 1994-95 campaigns. The only problem is that Martinez blows all of them away. ...
Pedro himself can't quite believe his stats.