2 pitchers who played for the Montréal Expos early in their careers just got elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson wore the Expos uniform before going on to even bigger and better careers.
Johnson started with the Expos in 1988 and went 3-0. He started 0-4 in 1989 and was dealt with Gene Harris and Brian Holman to the Seattle Mariners for Mark Langston and Mike Campbell.
Johnson won 303 games in his career, 300 after he left the Expos.
Pedro Martinez was a gift to Montréal when the Expos acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers for second baseman Delino DeShields. The Expos salary dump sent Martinez to Boston after the 1997 season for only Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr..
The Expos acquired a talented pitcher that needed experience and maturity. Martinez went 55-33 in his 4 seasons from 1994-1997.
Martinez went 11-5 as the Expos compiled the best record in baseball in 1994. He ran off a 14-10 record in 1995 and 13-10 in 1996.
1997 was the breakout year for Martinez, going 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA, 305 K, and 13 CG. He made the All-Star team in 1996 and 1997.
Johnson got 534 votes for a 97.3% mark. Martinez had 500 votes for 91.1%. Players need 75% to make the Hall of Fame.
Neither pitcher is going into the Hall of Fame wearing an Expos cap. The only 2 players in the Hall of Fame with an Expos cap are Gary Carter and Andre Dawson.
Tim Raines would be that 3rd player. Raines had 302 votes and a percentage of 55.0%, finishing 7th in the balloting. Raines deserves to make the Hall of Fame, and hopefully that will happen soon.