The writing has been on the wall, with no Boston Red Sox player wearing the number in more than a decade, but team will make it official next month. Pedro Martinez will have his No. 45 retired at Fenway Park on July 28, according to NESN.
The organization released a statement Monday announcing the honor, which will come just days after Martinez will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 43-year-old was a first-ballot selection for Cooperstown last winter.
"To be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon his first year of eligibility speaks volumes regarding Pedro's outstanding career, and is a testament to the respect and admiration so many in baseball have for him," Red Sox principal owner John Henry said in the statement.
The team is apparently waiving its previous rule, deeming it mandatory that players spend at least 10 seasons in Boston in order for his number to be retired. That provision appeared on the team's website up until last winter, but has since been removed.
Pedro spent seven seasons in a Red Sox uniform from 1997 through 2004, when Boston won its first championship in more than 80 years. For the Sox, he went 117-37 while posting a 2.52 ERA and striking out 1,683 batters. He won back-to-back Cy Young awards in 1999 and 2000, leading the league in strikeouts both years and posting a miniscule 1.74 ERA in '99. He remains one of the last pitchers to post 300 strikeouts in a single season, K-ing a career-high 313 batters in that 1999 campaign.
Baseball hasn't quite encountered a pitcher that dominated the way Martinez did in his early years with the Red Sox. Especially considering that he was accomplishing such feats during the steroid era, this move is almost a no-brainer.
His number will be the eighth retired by the Red Sox, and the first since Johnny Pesky's No. 6 in 2008.
The Boston Red Sox are retiring Pedro Martinez's No. 45
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: Pedro Martinez waves to the crowd at Fenway Park before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
18 JUL 1993: PEDRO MARTINEZ OF THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN MID-DELIVERY AGAINST THE MONTREAL EXPOS AT DODGER STADIUM IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. MANDATORY CREDIT: J.D. CUBAN/ALLSPORT.
31 Aug 1995: Pitcher Pedro Martinez of the Montreal Expos lunges forward to deliver a pitch against the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. The Expos defeated the Padres 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dunn/Allsport
14 Aug 1997: Pitcher Pedro Martinez of the Montreal Expos looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the game 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /Allsport
BOSTON, : New Boston Red Sox ace pitcher Pedro Martinez responds to questions from the press after the Red Sox organization announced his signing to the team for an unprecedented 75 million USD six year contract 12 December, at Fenway Park in Boston. This contract makes Martinez the highest paid baseball player. AFP PHOTO JOHN MOTTERN (Photo credit should read JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox in action during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Twins 11-2.
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 3: Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, stretches in the middle of the seventh inning during a game with the Cleveland Indians 02 October at Fenway Park in Boston, MA. The Indians are leading the series 2 games to 1. (Photo credit should read BILL POLO/AFP/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 4: Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 pitches against the Baltimore Orioles on April 4, 2004 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Boston-May 6: A view of Red Sox fans of Pedro Martinez as they add to the Strike Out Signs on the stadium wall during the game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Fenway Park on May 6, 2000. The Devil Rays won 1-0. (photo by Steve Babineau/Getty Images)
25 Feb 2001: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox poses for a studio portrait during Spring Training at the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, FloridaMandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox jokes with teammates during a game against the Chicago White Sox on August 21, 2004 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Sox defeated the White Sox 10-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 19: Starting pictcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees on September 19, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 11-1. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: Pedro Martinez #45 and of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 to win game seven of the American League Championship Series on October 20, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 27: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with the Championship trophy after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 to win game four of the World Series on October 27, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PORT ST LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Pedro Martinez #45 of the New York Mets poses for a portrait during Mets Photo Day on February 27, 2005 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 4: Pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the New York Mets throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during MLB Spring Training on March 4, 2005 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 7-5. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI - APRIL 4: Pedro Martinez #45 of the New York Mets walks to the dugout after pitching in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on April 4, 2005 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Mets 7-6. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - AUGUST 08: Pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the New York Mets fields questions during a press conference after pitching in a rehab start for the Saint Lucie Mets against the Lakeland Tigers at Tradition Field on August 8, 2007 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Martinez gave up five runs on six hits in three innings. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - July 15: The Philadelphia Phillies Pedro Martinez holds up his jersey after joining the team on July 15, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 23: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against The New York Mets during their game on August 23, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 07: Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the Colorado Rockies in Game One of the NLDS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 7, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Former Boston Red Sox players Kevin Millar (L) and Pedro Martinez lead a toast during 100 Years of Fenway Park ceremony before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park April 20, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Former Red Sox Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox share a moment during a ceremony honoring the All Fenway Park Team prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 14: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez walks on the field after being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame before a game between the Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Former Boston Red Sox player Pedro Martinez gestures to the dugout while being honored with Keith Foulke prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park on May 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. The pregame ceremony commemorated the 2004 World Series Championship Boston Red Sox team. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Former baseball player Pedro Martinez speaks onstage at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf Astoria on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis)