>>Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio Enshrined Into Cooperstown
Pedro Martinez punctuated Sunday's National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a speech delivered in two languages.
The Dominican-born ex-pitcher, who spoke last said quote-"I don't know if I will find the words in Spanish or English, but my God I'm thankful, I'm thankful for everything."
Martinez entered the Hall alongside Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio -- the first time in 60 years that as many as four players were inducted, and the first time three pitchers made it in the same year.
Named on 91.1 percent of the ballots, Martinez led the majors in earned-run average five times between 1997-2003, bottoming out with a 1.90 ERA in the first year of the run with Montreal during a season when he threw 13 complete games on the way to the first of his four Cy Young Awards.
The right-hander played 18 seasons for the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies, going 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts in 2,827 1/3 innings. He won back-to-back AL Cy Young Awards in 1999-2000 for Boston.
Johnson received the most votes of the bunch, named on 97.3 percent of the 549 ballots.
The fearsome 6-foot-10 left-hander ended his 22-year career after collecting 4,875 strikeouts -- second all-time to Nolan Ryan -- in 4,135 1/3 innings while playing for six teams, most notably the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks.
He won the first of five Cy Young Awards with Seattle in 1995, then later four in a row for Arizona. He won a World Series title with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and finished his career in 2009 with a 303-166 record and a 3.29 ERA.
"So many of the reasons I've been inducted into the Hall of Fame are long gone now," Johnson said, before joking: "I no longer have a fastball, I no longer have a bad mullet and my scowl is long gone."
"I'm so happy to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame," he continued, "and to be in the greatest fraternity of all-time."
Johnson wasn't the only one who looked different.
Smoltz, who spoke for nearly 30 minutes, donned a wig and joked while addressing fellow Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, who also starred for the Atlanta Braves during the 1990s, that he used to have more hair.
"When I got the call letting me know that I had been inducted into the Hall of Fame," Smoltz said, "words and emotions could not describe it. The phone rang and I was just thankful that Greg Maddux had not pulled off the ultimate prank."
Smoltz, elected with 82.9 percent of the votes, excelled as both a starter and closer over his 21-year career, with all but 15 of his 723 career appearances coming with the Braves.
Playing the bulk of his career on a team that won 14 consecutive division titles, Smoltz went 213-155 with a 3.33 ERA in his career and also racked up 154 saves -- all between 2001-04. He won a World Series with the Braves in 1995 and captured the 1996 NL Cy Young Award.
Biggio was the only one of the four players not elected on his first time on the ballot -- he made it on his third -- and became the first player to enter the Hall as a Houston Astro.
The seven-time All-Star spent his entire 20-year career -- all 2,850 games -- with Houston, batting .281 with 3,060 hits, 291 home runs, 668 doubles, 1,175 RBI, 414 stolen bases and a .363 on-base percentage. Known for his ability to play multiple positions, Biggio appeared in 428 games as a catcher, 363 as an outfielder and 1,989 at second base.
"What an honor it is to be here in front of these men," he said on the stage full of Hall of Famers. "I played against a lot of them and respected all of them."
>>Royals Acquire Ace Cueto Ahead of Friday Trade Deadline
The Kansas City Royals got star pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds in a four-player trade on Sunday.
The Royals acquired the Reds ace in exchange for left-handed pitchers Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.
Cueto, 29, was 7-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 starts for the Reds this season and will be a free agent at the end of the season.
The right-hander has gone 92-63 with a 3.21 ERA in his first eight major league seasons, all with the Reds. He finished in the top five in NL Cy Young voting twice over the past three seasons, including second to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw last year.