2015 Baseball Hall of Fame induction: Preview it here, listen on MLB Network Radio

In its 2015 Hall of Fame Class, baseball will induct three pitchers who dominated in one of the most challenging eras in the history of the game to be on the mound: Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz. On the offensive side, Craig Biggio, who spent 20 seasons as one of the most consistently productive second basemen in the game, also gets the call. Hear from and about the four inductees below, and tune to MLB Network Radio for coverage of this year’s induction ceremony on July 26 beginning at 1:30 pm ET.

Pedro Martinez

From 1997 to 2005, no pitcher dominated baseball like Martinez. In his runs with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, he led the league in ERA five times and strikeouts three times, and won three Cy Youngs and the 2004 World Series. His .687 career winning percentage is the sixth highest in baseball history, and his 10.03 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched ranks third. Any time Pedro took the mound, he raised his team to another level.

Randy Johnson

The Big Unit’s incredible five Cy Young wins is the second most in MLB history, and he is the only player besides fellow Hall of Famer Greg Maddux to win it in four consecutive seasons. In those four seasons, all with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Johnson struck out at least 334 batters each year, and led the D-Backs to a World Series win in 2001. His 4,875 strikeouts is the second most all-time behind Nolan Ryan, and his 303 wins is third most by a lefty. The 6-10 southpaw was truly a hitter’s worst nightmare.

John Smoltz

No matter what role he was in, Smoltz was one of the best in the game. In MLB history, no other player won both 200 games and recorded 150 saves. As part of the legendary Atlanta Braves’ pitching rotation of the 1990’s, Smoltz won the 1996 Cy Young and was part of the 1995 World Series championship team. Following Tommy John surgery, Smoltz became the Braves closer from 2001-2004, and set what was then the single-season saves record of 55 in his first full season in the bullpen. He will join Maddux and Tom Glavine as the third pitcher elected as a Brave in the last two years.

Craig Biggio

After three appearances on the ballot, Biggio is set to be enshrined in Cooperstown. In his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros, Biggio provided a huge spark for his team, both offensively and defensively, as he was able to win five Silver Sluggers and four Gold Gloves. Through his excellent play, he helped the Astros capture their first pennant in 2005. His 3,060 hits ranks second among second basemen, and 21st of all-time. There’s no denying that Biggio earned his place in this year’s Hall of Fame class.

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