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Ramon Martinez has one of the more intriguing roles in the Orioles organization.
He’s officially listed as special assignment pitching instructor, which means he goes wherever he is needed, from the majors to the low minors, to help teach and evaluate the Orioles’ arms.
Unofficially, he has been a conduit between the organization’s pitching coaches and its Latin American pitchers, many of whom look up to Martinez, a Dominican Republic native who spent 14 seasons in the majors and won 135 games.
The older brother of Hall-of-Famer Pedro, Ramon Martinez spent a chunk of his career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, where he worked with former Orioles’ pitching coach Dave Wallace.
Martinez, 49, came on board with the Orioles in 2015, at Wallace’s request, and had been lauded by the organization for his work by Orioles manager Buck Showalter, among others.
Martinez recently was at Double-A Bowie and caught up with Adam Pohl, the voice of Baysox.
In this week’s podcast with Pohl, Martinez talks about the transition that Latin players must go through when they come to the United States to play baseball. He also discusses the difficulty for young players who leave their original organization and end up in a new place and with a new team.
Martinez is part pitching coach and also part sounding board for some of the Orioles’ youngest and most promising arms. He feels like the system is getting better, and said he loves his job, mentoring the Orioles’ future arms.
Martinez’s point of view is definitely one we don’t hear about often.
In the second part of Pohl’s podcast, he discusses the four promising young outfielders at Bowie: Austin Hays, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart. All four homered in one game Wednesday, and Pohl provides some insight, and his calls from that impressive power supply.
It’s a podcast worth checking out.