The Boston Red Sox have seen some great players come through their franchise. Some just got started there, while others became legends there. Four more players will be added into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame on August 14th. The 2014 class consists of Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Martinez, and Joe Castiglione.
These four will be mentioned along with other Red Sox greats. Think about the players that have played here. Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Wood, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, and Wade Boggs just to name a few. We could be here all day to name all of them. Now four more will join them.
Roger Clemens started his career with the Red Sox in 1984. In his 13 years in Boston, he racked up 192 wins and 38 shutouts, both tying franchise records set by Cy Young. He is the franchise leader in strikeouts with 2,590. He won the Cy Young Award three times as a member of the Red Sox, and made five All-Star teams. The Rocket also won the 1986 AL MVP award. Clemens will probably best be remembered for his two 20 strikeout games, which is still the major league record. He did it in 1986 against the Mariners and 1996 against the Tigers.
Nomar Garciaparra was the 1997 AL Rookie of the Year, and made five all star teams in his nine seasons in Boston. He .323 batting average is fourth in team history, and his .553 slugging percentage is fifth. His .372 batting average in 2000 is the fourth best single season mark in team history. He tied a club record on May 10, 1999 against the Mariners when he hit two grand slams in the same game, and racked up 10 RBI.
Pedro Martinez did not start his career in Boston, but in his seven years there, he made a mark on team history. He won two Cy Young Awards, and made four All Star teams as a member of the Red Sox. His 117-37 record gives him the best winning percentage (.760) in franchise history. His 72 games of ten or more strikeout games is also the best in team history.
Joe Castiglione has spent 31 years as the Red Sox play-by-play announcer, and is still going. Only Ned Martin, who was on the air for 33 seasons, has more in team history. Castiglione covered the entire 2014 Red Sox Hall of Fame induction class for their whole tenures in Boston.