Pedro Martinez elected to Hall of Fame
Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez has won baseball’s highest honor. He was voted in the first time he became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The only other Dominican to have won the honor is pitcher Juan Marichal in 1983.
Martinez received 500 votes to reach 91.1% of the votes as announced by the Association of Baseball Writers of North America (BBWWA). Randy Johnson with 534 votes and the highest percentage at 97.3%, John Smoltz with 455 voters and 82.9% and Craig Biggio with 454 votes and 82.7% were also admitted. The four of them gained more than the 75% required to reach sporting immortality, only the first time since 1955 the selection has been agreed in only one round of votes.
Martinez said that he dedicated the honor to his family, to the Dominican Republic and Latin America. He said that now that there was one more Latin in the Hall of Fame, he wanted them all to enjoy the award with peace and love and to see it as an example of faith and professionalism.
The ceremony will take place in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday 26 July 2015.
Sammy Sosa obtained 36 votes for 6.6% and will now stay on the ballot after three years so he can still be voted in in 2016 as he reached the minimum 5% required to keep his place on the list.
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