The Albuquerque Isotopes issued a statement Saturday afternoon stating that Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez has had travel problems while coming from Miami and won’t make it to the Saturday night Isotopes game and Albuquerque Pro Baseball Hall of Fame ceremonies.
The club has offered ticket-buyers a rain check to another game this season.
The club issued this statement:
“Pedro feels terrible about the situation and has vowed to come to Albuquerque at another point during this season. That date will be announced after those plans have been set.
“Ramon Martinez will be representing the entire Martinez family during tonight’s on-field ceremony. League President Branch Rickey will represent the Pacific Coast League tonight during the induction.
“We regret any inconveniences this may cause.
“Due to Pedro’s travel issues, tonight’s ticket can be used as a rain check for any Isotopes home game during the 2017 season (excluding July 4).”
Pedro Martinez and brothers Ramon and Jesus Martinez are to be inducted into the Albuquerque Pro Baseball Hall of Fame tonight during pregame ceremonies. The Isotopes play Salt Lake at 7:05 p.m. It’s also Dukes Retro Night, and the Isotopes will be wearing throwback Dukes mustard-yellow uniforms.
The original plan was for all three brothers to be present at tonight’s ceremony. Then Jesus dropped out, citing a previous engagement.
All three Martinez brothers pitched for the Dukes. Pedro was a three-time Cy Young Award winner, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. Ramon pitched parts of 14 years in the major leagues.