Thus far, they have announced Fernando Valenzuela (Mexico), Dennis Martinez (Nicaragua), and Luis Tiant (Cuba). And then today they released the number two greatest Latin pitcher of all-time, and the honoree is Pedro Martinez.
It is no secret, Pedro is one of the reasons that the Dominican Baseball Guy came into being. The Dominican Baseball Guy saw him perform in his prime. He is probably the best combination of performance and entertainment that the Dominican Baseball Guy has seen in any ball player. No need to dicuss stats with Pedro, but he led his league in Ks three times, ERA five times, and wins once.
Peter Gammons says:
"He was the most dominating pitcher of all time in a span of seven years and the most exciting player I have ever seen."And the Dominican Baseball Guy heard Dan Patrick saying today on his radio show today that Pedro's 1999 season could be put up with the bext seasons of any pitcher of all-time, and that Pedro should have won the MVP along with the Cy Young that year.
Pedro is so revered among baseball fans that his picture was put on permanent display in the Smithsonian National Picture Gallery. In the experience of the Dominican Baseball Guy, Pedro is probably the most popular Dominican player in his home country (current or retired) at the moment. And that is saying a lot.
So, it is a well deserved honor that he was named the second greatest Latin MLB pitcher of all-time. The Dominican Baseball Guy has a pretty good idea as to who the number one all-time Latin pitcher will be. Think San Francisco Giants and Dominican.
Pedro is from Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic.
|Pedro Martinez having fun with the Mets, by UCInternational|