Martinez was asked by MLB analyst and former Boston Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar on Tuesday which hitter he most hated to face during his Hall of Fame career. Pedro threw everyone one of his devastating changeups, figuratively speaking, by pointing to longtime Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez.
“The toughest guy I faced I think, with all due respect to all of the players in the league, has to be Edgar Martinez,” Martinez said on MLB Network shortly after being elected to the Hall of Fame. “He would make me throw at least 13 fastballs above 95 (mph). I would be hard-breathing after that. Edgar was a guy who had the ability to foul off pitches, and it pissed me off when I had to throw 13 pitches to get a guy out.”
Edgar Martinez had just three hits in 33 career plate appearances against Pedro. He also struck out 11 times. The slugger apparently was a tough out, though. Edgar did work seven walks against the Dominican Dominator.
Pedro clearly won the battle of the Martinezs. But it sure wasn’t easy.
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