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NBA Legends Charles Barkley & Reggie Miller Join TBS MLB Analysts to Reflect on Pedro Martinezs Iconic Career & Upcoming Hall of Fame Induction

Charles Barkley: “The most amazing thing is his size…to see a guy with that type of velocity, being 160 pounds soaking wet, it’s pretty remarkable.  He was very intimidating for a little guy and I love the fact that he wasn’t afraid to drill somebody.  You knew he was going to be great, because nobody plays sports with a Jheri curl without being really good.  That’s the ultimate sign of confidence.  That’s when you know you’re really good.”

Reggie Miller: “Congratulations, Pedro, on your well-deserved induction and becoming a baseball immortal.  I'm still waiting on that change up/curveball lesson you promised.  A member of the Turner Family does it once again and joins the Hall of Fame.”

Cal Ripken, Jr.: “Pedro was always so tough to face, but I remember facing him in 1999 when he had that amazing season.  It was ridiculous.  He had the best fastball, the best curveball and the best change up in the league, to go along with the best command, so even if you guessed right it was still hard to get a hit.  I'm asked all the time who was the toughest pitcher I ever faced and Pedro is the answer.”

Ron Darling: “Pedro was one of the best of all time, but above his physical talents, I will always remember his guts and his heart. He willed himself to be the best and he accomplished that goal.  He is a Hall of Famer on and off the field.”

Gary Sheffield: “Pedro and I go way back.  I remember in the early years, being surprised seeing a guy that small throw that hard, but he was a fierce guy who would try to intimidate you by throwing inside.  He never backed down, either.  I knew if he was on the mound that day, I’d have to bring my ‘A Game’ and always be prepared.  Pedro has my utmost respect as a competitor and he is a very deserving Hall of Famer.”

Ernie Johnson: “Probably the coolest part of my job with Turner Sports over the past 26 years has been the opportunity to work with all-time greats, Hall of Famers and legends like Cal Ripken, Dennis Eckersley, John Smoltz, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Frank Thomas, and the late, great Ken Stabler.  It is indeed an honor to call Pedro Martinez a Turner colleague as he so deservedly takes the Cooperstown spotlight.”

Brian Anderson: “Pedro Martinez is among the greatest of the greats to ever perform at the Major League level; a true ace of aces.  He is the perfect symbol of someone who broke the unfair limitations placed on him by others. The ultimate pitching underdog who mastered his God-given abilities to an elite level.  Always told he was too small, scouted to be too fragile to physically endure a long MLB season, Pedro proved that HE was THEIR Daddy!  Pedro is not only an inspiration in his home country of the Dominican Republic, but to baseball fans all over the world.”

Casey Stern: “Pedro was as dominant as any pitcher in the history of baseball, in a time where all the odds were stacked against him.  In the A.L. East, in the heart of an era of extreme offense, he compiled the best back-to-back seasons in the history of the sport in 1999 and 2000.  Getting to watch him in college, and then cover him in both Boston and New York was a real treat; working with him is icing on the cake.”
 

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Jay Moskowitz, Turner Sports (404) 885-2469                       jay.moskowitz@turner.com