Best of Boston

1999 Best Athlete, Red Sox Player

Pedro Martinez

If there’s one swap that makes you think Dan Duquette maybe knows what he’s been doing, it was letting Roger go and signing Pedro. Roger woke up, lost weight, and won two more Cy Young awards. At the All-Star break, Pedro led the league with the record (15-3), the lowest earned-run average, the most innings pitched, and most strikeouts—on his way to his second Cy Young award. Look at it another way: Subtract Pedro’s record, and the Sox were one game below .500 at the All-Star break.