Pedro Martinez Speaker Profile
Retired MLB Pitcher
Pedro Martinez Biography
Pedro MartÃnez was born October 25, 1971 in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic and is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher. He has won three Cy Young Awards and is considered to be one of the top pitchers of his era. At the time of his 200th win in April 2006, MartÃnez had the highest winning percentage of any 200-game winner in modern baseball history. In 2007, MartÃnez became the 15th pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts.
Officially listed at 5 ft 11 in and 193 pounds, MartÃnez is unusually small for a modern-day power pitcher, and he is believed to be somewhat smaller than his officially listed height and weight.
Martinez is atypical in that he has many "out" pitches upon which he can rely. His fastball, cutter, curveball and circle changeup are all well above average; combined with his historically excellent control, they prove to be an overpowering package. MartÃnez throws from a low three-quarter position that hides the ball very well from batters, who have remarked on the difficulty of picking up MartÃnez's delivery.
Early in his career, MartÃnez's fastball was consistently clocked in the 95-97 mph range; used in combination with his devastating changeup and occasionally mixing in his curveball, he was as dominant a pitcher as the game has ever seen. In recent years, as injuries have taken their toll, MartÃnez has made the adjustment to rely more on guile than power. His fastball now is usually in the 85-88 mph range, although he is still able to occasionally hit 90 mph on his fastball when the need arises. He now uses his curveball, circle changeup, and an occasional slider, along with his fastball. With his command of the strike zone, he continues to be a top strikeout pitcher even though he does not throw as hard as he once did. Baseball historian Bill James describes MartÃnez as being exponentially more effective than his pitching peers due to his variety of pitches, arm angles, pitch speeds, pinpoint control, and numerous modes of deception.
Martinez became just the fourth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks (in Martinez's case, 701). Ferguson Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Curt Schilling had previously done likewise. Martinez also joined Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson to become the third 3,000-strikeout pitcher to have more strikeouts than innings pitched, and is also the first Latin American pitcher to have 3,000 strikeouts.
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Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz To Be Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Posted on 24 July 2015 | 6:14 pm
This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame annual awards that are taking place on July 25 will have an extra special touch to it, as the late Curt Flood of the Cincinnati Redlegs, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Senators will be honored in the ceremony. The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII will also be recognized and those athletes who served during that time in the military will be...[Read More]
Posted on 9 October 2013 | 8:53 pm
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez has signed a book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The publisher announced Wednesday that Martinez's personal story of success, featuring "lively, raw stories" about the highs and lows of his time in baseball will be published next year. Martinez, who pitched 18 years in the Major Leagues was an 8 time All-Star and 3 time Cy Young...[Read More]
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