Pedro Martinez will have his number retired by the Red Sox on July 28. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox to retire Pedro Martinez's No. 45 in pregame ceremony July 28 at Fenway Park

Ryan Hannable
June 22, 2015 - 10:54 am
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The Red Sox announced Monday afternoon they will retire Hall of Fame electee Pedro Martinez's No. 45 on July 28 in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park, two days after he's inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Martinez will be the ninth player to have their number retired by the Red Sox joining Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk and Jackie Robinson, which is retired throughout Major League Baseball. "To be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon his first year of eligibility speaks volumes regarding Pedro'€™s outstanding career, and is a testament to the respect and admiration so many in baseball have for him," said Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry in a press release. "And baseball fans admire Pedro for more than his remarkable career accomplishments. His dynamic personality, love for the game, his fearlessness coupled with humility, his passionate, competitive spirit, and his ability to squeeze every ounce of talent out of a small frame were reasons so many fans connected with him. For me personally, he was one of the most incredible pitchers I'€™ve had the privilege of watching, and one of the reasons our ownership group arrived here in 2002. We very much look forward to honoring Pedro's remarkable career this July." Martinez'€™s jersey number will be retired exactly seven years after Jim Rice'€™s number 14 was retired on July 28, 2008. A three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star, Martinez spent seven seasons with the Red Sox beginning in 1998 and was a key part of the 2004 team that brought a World Series title to Boston for the first time since 1918. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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