BOSTON - Pedro Martinez opened his blazer wide to reveal the skinny torso that has grown only slightly puffier with age. [url=ht

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BOSTON - Pedro Martinez opened his blazer wide to reveal the skinny torso that has grown only slightly puffier with age. Ivan Provorov Jersey .I wasnt supposed to be a Hall of Famer, said the 5-foot-11 right-hander, who was thought early in his career to be too small and frail to hold up to the rigours of a major league baseball schedule. But because of the fact that I did it the way I did it, and the integrity I carried while doing it, is probably what led to me going into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.Martinez was elected to the Cooperstown, New York, shrine on Tuesday with 91.1 per cent of the vote, easily surpassing the 75 per cent necessary for induction. Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio will join Martinez on stage at the July 26 ceremony.Martinez said the honour was something he never counted on, even as he was dominating baseballs bulked-up hitters in the prime of the steroid era.Im proud I did it in an era that the challenge was at the top, he said. I had to face probably the toughest matchup out there. Well, guess what: I wouldnt want it any other way. I wanted to beat the best. I wanted to be the best I could be every time I went out there.I wanted to embarrass the best team out there. I wanted to. I meant to, he said. Any time I had an opportunity to embarrass any team in the big leagues, including the ones using PEDs, it was a great honour to do it.Before the news conference, the Red Sox played a video that showed not only Martinezs highlights on the mound but also scenes from the carnival the ballpark became. Fans waved Dominican flags and counted his strikeouts, and there were plenty of shots of Martinez clowning around in the dugout on his off-days.When it was over, the room fell silent and then from the bottom of a staircase came a shout in Spanish: Hola!I was a loose goose when I wasnt pitching. But then when I came to the field before a game, all that changed, he said. That was the way I could focus, and that was the way I could go out there like there was no tomorrow. I pitched every game like there was no tomorrow.Although he won an NL Cy Young Award in Montreal with the Expos, Martinez spent the peak years of his career in Boston. From 1999-2000, he went 41-10 with a 1.90 ERA and 597 strikeouts, winning back-to-back honours as the best pitcher in the AL.In all, Martinez finished with a 219-100 record and a 2.93 ERA. He struck out 3,154 batters, twice surpassing 300 in a season. He was an eight-time all-star, and five times he led the major leagues in ERA.You were in awe at what you were watching, Smoltz said. It looked like a cartoon what he was doing. It looked like the ball had connections to his fingers. Dale Weise Jersey .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes hope to remain perfect at home in January on Friday night as they welcome the Vancouver Canucks to PNC Arena. 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This season, however, both broke camp with their respective NHL clubs, and their respective stocks have trended in opposite directions. Murray, though hes only produced four points through 20 games, has averaged nearly 19 minutes per game on the Blue Jackets blue line, posting a plus-3 rating on a sub-.500 Columbus team. Yakupov, meanwhile, has limped out of the gate. He has scored just three goals and three assists with the lowly Oilers, posting an NHL-worst minus-14 rating. The struggling sniper was even a healthy scratch for back-to-back games in mid-October. Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline fanned the flames on the debate early Tuesday morning. "Way, way too early to call who was right. But maybe Edmonton picks differently if they had 2012 draft to do over again," Portzline tweeted in the early morning hours. "Remember, too, Howson was so enamored oof Murray that he turned down a "take all of our picks" offer from NY Islanders to stay at No. Eric Lindros Jersey. 2," Portzline added. So, by Portzlines comments, the Blue Jackets were thrilled to have wound up with Murray at the second pick. But does that mean that they would have grabbed him over Yakupov if given the chance? Portzline thinks so. "If memory serves, Howson and [Columbus] would have drafted Galchenyuk @ No. 2 if Murray was taken No. 1 by Edmonton," Portzline added. Galchenyuk - now in his second year in Montreal – had a rookie season to rival Yakupovs, scoring nine goals and 27 points on the Northeast Division Champion Canadiens. Hes picked up where he left off in his second season, putting up 15 points through 21 games so far in 2013-14. That total is good enough for second on the Habs. So, did the Oilers gaffe in going for Yakupov above the likes of Galchenyuk and Murray? Its also possible that the Oilers could have dangled that first overall draft pick to either the Canadiens or Blue Jackets to get extra picks or prospects while still being able to grab one of the three top players, possibly even still getting Yakupov. Their decision to go after Darnell Nurse seventh overall in the 2013 Draft certainly suggests that they could have used a blue line boost. But - as Portzline said on Twitter – it is also very, very early to be making these kinds of judgments. If you had a chance for a do-over, what would you have done with the No. 1 pick?? As always, its Your! Call. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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