April 1, 2008

Top 50 Red Sox Seasons

Paul SF has posted his entire list at YS/SF. His research and writing is absolutely top-notch. This is why baseball blogs exist. It would make a fantastic book.

#1?

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. ...

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. ...
Read the entire entry ... then thank your lucky stars that you were alive when Pedro Martinez played baseball.


Pedro himself can't quite believe his stats.

5 comments:

Zenslinger said...

What ERA+ does that come out to? Over 200?

redsock said...

What ERA+ does that come out to? Over 200?

291.

Best season since the mound was moved from 45 feet to 60 feet 6 inches.

Zenslinger said...

In-credible.

Hilarious picture, too.

Someone should Photoshop in Sandra Bullock's picture on the front.

redsock said...

Someone should Photoshop in Sandra Bullock's picture on the front.

:>)

The best thing about that quote was that it was for SI For Kids!

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His 1999 season is #3 on the list.

God has a Pedro poster on his bedroom wall.

Jack Marshall said...

Brilliant list, dominated by Petey and Splinter, natch. He wins my undying affection for recognizing Dick Radatz in the top 20. I had forgotten Derek Lowe used to actually be GOOD. That's what all those faces will do...