Martinez, Millar among '04 Sox honored at Fenway

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Martinez, Millar among '04 Sox honored at Fenway

BOSTON For Pedro Martinez it was mission accomplished. Winning a World Series was the reason he was brought to Boston. Anything short of that would have been a failure. It took until his final season with the Red Sox, but he finally accomplished his mission.

And, if he had not won that 2004 World Series?

I would have probably retired right after then, he said. I dont know. I would have been so disappointed that I came here with a purpose and that was the purpose. And Ill probably say I was the only player out of all that players that felt like I had something to achieve for this team because I was called in to build the team around me as the ace of the team. And it took me to the last year to actually finally get it. But I could finally say, Mission Accomplished.

Martinez was one of several players from the 2004 team honored in a ceremony before Tuesdays game against the Rays at Fenway Park. What made that team special, said Kevin Millar, was the chemistry.

You got to pull for each because youre not fooling us, Millar said. We can fool you guys. We can say the right thing and we know there are a few teams out there that say the right thing in front of the camera. But you cant fool your teammates . . . We pulled for each other and that was what was cool.

When Johnnys running into a wall or whatever, you want to work harder to make sure that effort doesnt go for naught, said Keith Foulke.

Foulke was on the mound for the final out of the World Series, retiring Edgar Renteria on a comebacker in St. Louis as the Sox swept the Cardinals. Even though he was the closer, he did not allow himself to envision that moment ahead of time.

No not even close, he said. I never once thought about what could happen. You start looking too far ahead and start dreaming, then all of sudden someones going to smack you in the face where youre at and bad things happen. It wasnt until the parade is when it sat in for me.

The players, along with manager Terry Francona, and coaches Brad Mills, Dave Wallace, Ron Jackson, and Lynn Jones, arrived for the ceremony riding on duck boats, as they did during the celebratory parade eight years ago.

You remember the tightness of that team, Millar said. We werent the best players. We had a few superstars with Pedro and Manny Ramirez. But we were the best unit.

But, Martinez still has one more thing he wants to accomplish at Fenway Park.

Ive been to the Green Monster many times, he said. Everyone has the history of signing the Green Monster. I refused to until I won for Boston. And I keep forgetting every time I come back. Now I feel like I can finally sign it and leave my name on the Green Monster. And I havent signed it yet.

Now we can all go and sign it and say Mission Accomplished.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake