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Tommy Lasorda Says Dodgers Mistook Pedro Martinez’s Ability



This week, Pedro Martinez was elected to the Hall of Fame along with Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz.

Though he will not go in as a Los Angeles Dodger, Martinez began his career with the boys in blue before being traded to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields. Looking back at the deal, it is considered one of the worst trades not only in Dodger history, but baseball history. The Dodgers have not had a Hall of Fame member since Don Sutton was inducted in 1998, and don’t seem to have one in the near future.

It’s been said that Tommy Lasorda was one of those in the camp against Martinez being a part of the Dodgers future. After the right-hander’s election, Lasorda took the time to reflect on Martinez’s brief time with the team. He says that they mistook his ability and lost a Hall of Famer. Lasorda also praises Martinez and his brother, Ramon, who also pitched for the Dodgers.

Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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