The Baseball Writers Association of America announced today that they have elected four players to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the Class of 2015.
The Class of 2015 is made up of John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Craig Biggio. The winners consisted of three pitchers, a new record for an election). To be elected, you must surpass the 75% mark on all ballots which are filled by all members of the BBWAA.
Martinez, Smoltz and Johnson are first-ballot Hall of Famers. Biggio has had a little more trouble earning his enshrinement in Cooperstown after coming extremely close the past two seasons.
Johnson was a 300 game-winner and struck out 4,875 hitters over his illustrious career, not to mention his five Cy Young awards. He spent the first decade of his career with the Seattle Mariners and then split time between the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants.
Martinez was a 200 game-winner with a ridiculous 2.93 career ERA and won three Cy Young awards. He also led the league in strikeouts three times. He started his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and broke out with the Montreal Expos before helping the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years and finished his career with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.
The story of Smoltz never ceases to amaze, sitting out the entire 2000 season after recording 11 great seasons as a starter and then converting into a reliever. He finished his career playing every season as a member of the Atlanta Braves excepting his final. He has over 200 wins and over 150 saves, a feat that is unheard of.
Biggio was an “Astro for life”, recording an illustrious 20 year career in Houston and is regarded as the best hitter in Astros history with a .281 average, 1175 career RBI and 291 home runs over his career.