Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez hired by MLB Network


Red Sox fans know that Pedro Martinez wasn’t just one of the best pitchers of his era, he was also one of the most entertaining characters in all of sports. Apparently, the rest of the country has taken notice. The MLB Network hired Pedro to be an analyst on a variety of television shows throughout the 2015 season this week.

Pedro had previously spent some time in the booth on NESN broadcasts, but he’ll get a chance to have more of a presence on MLB Network. Throughout his career, he created quite the reputation for telling it like it is and not being afraid to criticize opposing players. This is precisely what could make him very successful in his new role.

According to USA Today, Martinez is quoted as saying, “I’m extremely happy doing it. It’s a lot of hard work, so I have a lot more respect for you guys that do this on a day to day basis. There’s a lot of analysis that goes on behind closed doors. It keeps me analyzing players, and I love doing that. I learn so much, as well.”

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Demonstrating his knack for not being afraid to share his opinion on anything, even if it’s considered a bit taboo or controversial, Pedro recently told reporters that it’s time for Pete Rose to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. quotes him as saying, “What he did was special for the game. I think he paid his dues already. I think he’s been suffering long enough for not being in. I think he should be in.” This is a very polarizing topic amongst fans so you have to respect him for not hesitating to throw it out there.

It’s going to be a year full of milestones for Martinez who is set to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame himself in July. Pedro is a story-teller and loves to have fun, so it will be interesting to watch him on TV full time. Whether you like him or not, it can’t be denied that Pedro Martinez has a huge personality, a great sense of humor and a love for the game that could be make him a can’t-miss asset for MLB Network.

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