Originally written January 16, 2012 on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth:
In the 1990s and early 2000s, there wasn't a more feared pitcher in the game of baseball than Pedro Martinez. And he was still a hot commodity throughout the 2000s, pulling a Roger Clemens in 2009 and coming back late in the season to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to the World Series. Now Martinez is hoping to mentor soon-to-be 24-year-old Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz, who will try to follow the same career path Martinez did back in the early 1990s when he had one dominant year of relief work before transitioning to the starting rotation, where he went on to have a Hall of Fame career. Feliz had to have looked up to Martinez as a child in the Dominican Republic, also Pedro's home country, so the Rangers really couldn't have set up a better meeting for Feliz. Of course, Feliz and the rest of the Rangers pitching have Nolan Ryan to bounce things off, but Nolan is a biased observer, so bringing in a third party like Martinez might carry a little more wei...
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