Pedro Martinez Essay, Research Paper
For my Famous Hispanic American report , I am writing about Pedro
Martinez. He was born on October 25 , 1971 in the Dominican Republic.
Pedro speaks two languges which are spanish and english. His parents are
Paulino and Lapoldina Martinez and they just speak spanish .Pedro also has
an older brother and his name is Ramon Martinez and he speaks spanish and
english like his younger brother Pedro .Pedro and Ramon grew up to be very
ahletic . They played baseball for a long time , even when they were toddlers
they played tee-ball together .As they grew up they became better at it . Pedro
was selected to play for the Dominican Republic national basesball team.
Around that time he was asigned toa professional baseball contract to play for
the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Three years later on1987 the Los Angeles Dodgers offers Pedro
Martinez A major-league contract .Next year he signs his first major-league
contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers .On September 24 , 1992 Pedro made
his Major-league debut , starting for the Dodgers to play against Cincinnati
Reds .He pitched seven innings but did not earn a decision , allowing a run
and striking out seven batters .He appeared in relief in his second Dodgers
game a few days later , but he gave up a run and lost the game .His final
statistics for his first major-league appearance were an 0-1 record , 8 innings
pitched , 8 strikouts and 1 walk , and a 2.25 ERA .
Pedro was thrilled to be in the major-leagues and pleased to join hid
older brother Ramon on the Dodgers pitching staff .In his second and third
major-league seasons , Ramon had continued to be one of the team’s best
pitchers , leading Los Angeles with 17 wins in 1991 and winning eight games
before an arm injury ended his 1992 season .
Pedro was having some arm troubles himself for a while .Fortunately ,
the injury was to his left arm , not his pitching arm .In the off-season , Pedro
underwent srgery to correct the arm soreness .The surgery was succesful ,
and after a rehabilitation period he focused on getting back into shape . His
goal for the Dodgers was to make the team through spring training of 1993 .
So , he did and the 1993 major-league season was spent with the Los Angeles
For the 1994 major-league season he played for the Montreal Exops .
He was really sorry that he couldn’t stay on the team that gave him a major-
league professional baseball start , and was disapointed that he would not be
pitching on the same staff as his older brother Ramon .But , the Expos
pitching staff was not very strong at all , and the trade would be an excellent
opportunity for the young pitcher .
Pedro was moving to a team with a history much different than that of
the Dodgers .The Montreal Expos have never been particulary popular in
Canada , where ice hockey is the national sport for that country .Because the
Expos play in a small market , they can not afford to pay large salaries to
retain their good players .Typically , they trade their best players for lower-
priced prospects , rather than loose them for nothing to free agency . As a
result , the Expos always seem to be a young , rebuilding team . So , he
stayed with the Montreal Expos for the next four years and they were years
1994 – 1997 .
The next stop for Pedro Martinez was to be traded to another team , and
that team was the Boston Red Sox .But before all of this he said to himself on
last game for the Expos that he needed more money than what he is recieving
at that time period .So entered the free agent market when the 1997 season
was over .The Boston Red Sox got Pedro Martinez and he Returned to his
old pitching coach Joe Kerrigan , who had left the Expos for Boston after the
1996 season .On my research paper it tells me that there was a picture of
Pedro Martinez smilling at a news conference at Fenway Park in December
1997 wearing a Red Sox jersey , where he formally announced that he had
signed a six-year $75 million deal to pitch for the Red Sox .The deal made
Pedro the highest paid player in the whole baseball at that time .It was called
Baseball’s BIGGEST Contract .And just imagine that the best pitcher on the
Expos only recieved 3.25 million dollars a year , and he wasn’t Pedro .But if it
was Martinez than look at him now , what a huge difference it is .
So he started for the Red Sox and made his name strong through out the
United States of America and hopefully the world .The Red Sox fans were
very excited to have the greatest pitcher on their baseball team .Pedro
Martinez baseball career has just begon , he has a long way to go to be
retiered .And when he is people will call him the best pither who ever lived .
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