But there is one person he wished could share such an honor with him: Roger Clemens.
Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, the final chapter of an incredible 18-year MLB career. He’s proud of the 219 career wins, bringing a World Series to Boston in 2004, and all those times he made an opposing batter look foolish at the plate.
But he’s most proud of the fact that he did it clean in baseball’s noted “Steroid Era.” Martinez said the temptation was there during his time in the minors, as other players received a call to the bigs and the huge paychecks that would follow, but it was never something he actually considered doing.
“It is important [to do it clean], but at the same time because of the era I played, I guess that question has to be raised all the time. I wish I didn’t have to answer it, honestly,” Martinez told WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton shortly after getting his call to the Hall. “That was my era "
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