Pedro Martinez Autographed Photo Framed - 04WS Game 3 Pointing Up - 20x24

Pedro Martinez Autographed Photo Framed - 04WS Game 3 Pointing Up - 20x24
Pedro Martinez Autographed Photo Framed - 04WS Game 3 Pointing Up - 20x24

Pedro is a Dominican Republic Born baseball player who was an eight-time all star, three-time Cy Young award winner and 2004 World Series Champion.

Pedro Jaime Abreu Marti­nez, known as Pedro Martinez (born October 25, 1971), is a Dominican-Americanformer starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for five teams from 1992 to 2009, most notably the Boston Red Sox.

Martinez's pitching style was atypical as he commanded an arsenal of "out" pitches. His fastball, cutter, curveball and circle changeup were all well above average; combined with his historically excellent control, they proved to be an overpowering package. Martinez threw from a low three-quarters position (nearly sidearm) that hid the ball very well from batters, who have remarked on the difficulty of picking up Martinez's delivery.

Early in his career, Martínez's fastball was consistently clocked in the 95–97 mph range. Using it in combination with his devastating changeup and occasionally mixing in his curveball, he was as dominant a pitcher as the game has ever seen. Sports Illustrated‍ '​s Joe Posnanski wrote, "There has never been a pitcher in baseball historyâ€￾not Walter Johnson, not Lefty Grove, not Sandy Koufax, not Tom Seaver, not Roger Clemensâ€￾who was more overwhelming than the young Pedro." On January 24, 2013, Martínez joined the Boston Red Sox as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

Martínez was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2015 with 91.1% of the votes. His Hall of Fame plaque will have the cap of the Boston Red Sox. "I cannot be any prouder to take Red Sox Nation to the Hall of Fame with the logo on my plaque," Martínez said in a statement. "I am extremely proud to represent Boston and all of New England with my Hall of Fame career. I'm grateful to all of the teams for which I played, and especially fans, for making this amazing honor come true."

In 2015, Martínez was hired by the MLB Network as a studio analyst and also released an autobiography, Pedro, which he coauthored with Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. Reflecting on his career, he named Barry Bonds, Edgar Martínez, Derek Jeter, Kenny Lofton and Ichiro Suzuki as the most difficult hitters he had to face.

On June 22, 2015, it was announced that Martínez' number 45 would be retired on July 28, two days after his Hall of Fame induction. Red Sox principal owner John Henry stated, "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.
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