No. 37, Pedro Martínez – The Athletic

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy.

Pedro Martínez still remembers — he will always remember — just standing there, on a dirt path, under an open window at Campo Las Palmas. He could hear Los Angeles Dodgers scouts and coaches clearly talking about him. Martínez was 16 years old then, and he had just finished his Dodgers tryout, and he felt great about it. He always felt great about his pitching. At that exact moment, Martínez was entirely certain that he was destined to become one of the greatest pitchers in all of baseball. No other possibility had ever occurred to him.

Only, through the open window, he heard otherwise.

“He is not going to develop,” one of the voices…

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