HOFers Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio by the numbers

HOFers Craig Biggio (from left to right), John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez with their plaques.

HOFers Craig Biggio (from left to right), John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez with their plaques.

By Bob Elliott

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. _ Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz gave their Hall of Fame induction speeches to a crowd of 45,000 on Sunday.

Yet the game is about more than words, it is about numbers too. Some numbers on the four newest Hall of Famers.

Zero _ Times Johnson and Martinez pitched against each other in the same regular season game. They faced each other in the 1997 and 1999 All-star games; neither allowed a run. Same number of times Johnson met Smoltz in the same regular season game. Johnson did win the clinching Game 5 of the 2001 NLCS, as Smoltz finished with two scoreless innings.

1 _ Player in major-league history, Biggio, with more than 3,000 hits, 600 doubles 400 stolen bases and 250 homers (Rickey Henderson was shy on the 600 doubles).

3 _ Post-season stolen bases by Smoltz (Game 3, 1991 National League Championship Series, Game 4, 1992 NLCS and Game 2, 1995 NLCS) equalling every other pitcher in post season. The others to steal were Wild Bill Donovan (1908), Billy Loes (1952) and Cliff Lee (2009). 

5 _ Strikeouts Biggio had against Johnson in 14 hitless at-bats with two walks.

9 _ Combined Cy Young awards for Johnson (five), Martinez (three) and Smoltz (one).

11 _ Times Martinez faced Smoltz. Martinez was 4-3, with a 2.92 ERA, while Smoltz was 5-4 with a save and a 2.17 ERA. 

12 _ Years between a starting pitcher being inducted ... from Nolan Ryan in 1999 until Bert Blyleven in 2011. Last year Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were elected -- the first time since two starters were elected in 1991: Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins.

13 _ Hits for Biggio in 43 at-bats (.302) against Martinez with six doubles, a triple, two RBIs and six walks. Biggio hit .239 off Smoltz, with three doubles, two homers, seven RBIs, nine walks and 29 strikeouts, including a 1-for-13 mark with three strikeouts during the postseason. 

16 _ Hits Carlos Delgado, most by any ex-Jay against Martinez, while Devon White had 19 hits off Johnson and Shawn Green had 19 off Smoltz. 19 _ Consecutive seasons of 100 or more hits for Biggio, the most ever.

21 _ Years and one day after Martinez pitched for the Expos and beat the Braves in a game started by Smoltz July 25, 1994, the two shared the stage. Martinez then 22, pitched six innings for the win, as Moises Alou tripled home the tying run and Larry Walker knocked in the lead run against Mark Wholers. Smoltz was 27 and pitched six innings getting a no decision. 

29 _ Number worn by Smoltz, the amount of minutes he spoke Sunday. Biggio spoke 17 minutes, while Johnson was 18 and Martinez was 36 speaking in Spanish and English. 

32 _ Hits by Tony Gwynn against Smoltz (32-for-72, .444) while Andre Dawson was 2-for-27 (.074), hitting one homer but striking out nine times. 

33 _ Combined all-star selections by Johnson (10), Martinez (eight), Smoltz (eight) and Biggio (seven).

34 _ Hits in 105 at-bat (.323) by Larry Walker against Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 15 RBIs. 

41 _ Wins for Martinez (23-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts in 1999 and 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA, 128 hits allowed in 217 innings in 2000). “Pedro did that pitching in Fenway, in the AL East, with the DH, during the height of the home run craze,” Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau told ESPN. “It would be like Jesse Owens or Ben Johnson setting a record for the 100-yard dash while running in sand. All the conditions were against him, and he still flourished.”

42 _ Games Johnson threw 140 or more pitches and twice in the early-to-mid-1990s, he threw 160 pitches with the Seattle Mariners. 

48 _ Hits in 293 at-bats (.164) is what the 10 players with 3,000 career hits batted against Johnson. Frank Thomas was 10-for-43 (.233) with 11 walks and five home runs. 

49 _ Hall of Famers attended Sunday’s ceremony including Canada’s national treasure Fergie Jenkins of Chatham, Ont., Robbie Alomar and Pat Gillick. 

69 _ Years since three or more starting pitchers were elected in the same year: Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz were the most since Jack Chesbro, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell and Ed Walsh were elected by the Veterans Committee in 1946.  

80 _ Career runs scored by Smoltz, including the post season and he was on third base pinch running for Damon Berryhill when Otis Nixon bunted to Mike Timlin, who threw to first baseman Joe Carter for the final out of the 1992 World Series.

97.27 _ percent of the vote Johnson received (534 votes of 549).
149 _ Pitches Johnson threw in late July 2002 at 38, in a complete-game, 5-1 victory over Montreal as he allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out 15.

226 _ Hits Jays hitters managed against Johnson (14-7, 3.66), Martinez (9-4, 2.98) and Smoltz (0-2, 6.43) in 1,212 at-bats (.185). The three starters were 23-13 in 48 starts against Toronto. 

372 _ Strikeouts by Johnson as he allowed 181 hits in 2001. He went 81-28 with a 2.48 ERA with Arizona to win four straight Cy Young awards. 

3,154 _ Career strikeouts by Martinez, 13th in major-league history, despite ranking 165th in innings pitched at 2,827 1/3.

4,875 _ Strikeouts by Johnson, second to only Nolan Ryan.

11,102 _ Combined strikeouts by Johnson, Martinez and Smoltz. 

18,574 _ Players have played in at least one major-league game and with the four inductees, 215 players have been elected to the Hall of Fame or 1.1%.




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