Pedro Martinez brother, Ramon Martinez, played ten years for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramon retired from the league in 2001, with his final franchise being the Pirates.
The two Martinez brothers had an inseparable bond. Pedro was not only a big fan of his older brother but respected him to the point he didn’t want to face off against him.
The three-time CY Young Award winner grew up in a large household in the Dominican Republic. He had four other siblings, but unfortunately, one of his younger siblings passed away in 2018.
The 2015 Hall of Famer inductee, Pedro Martinez, recently made headlines as he urged MLB to protect players at academies in the Dominican Republic.
The MLB facilities of the St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, Cleveland Guardians, and Detroit Tigers have been targeted in the Dominican Republic. Martinez also recently said that the Red Sox should be targeting Shohei Ohtani.
Pedro Martinez Brother, Ramon Martinez, Is An All-Star
Pedro Martinez’s brother, Ramon, is three and a half years older than him and was the one who began his career as a baseball player. Standing 6’4, Ramon was a pitcher and was signed by the Dodgers in 1984.
He made his major league debut four years later in 1988 against the San Francisco Giants, becoming the youngest player to make his MLB debut in the NL. Later, that season, the Dodgers won the World Series, earning Ramon his only World Series ring.
His breakout season came two years later, in 1990, when he struck out 18 batters in a game and was selected as an All-Star. One of his other highlights in his career came in 1995 when he threw a no-hitter at the Dodgers Stadium against the Marlins.
Ramon finished second in the CY Young Award category and had a strong decade of a career with the Dodgers. He joined the Red Sox in 1999 and played with them for two seasons before joining the Pirates.
Ramon only played one season with the Pirates before hanging up his cleats. In 2010, Ramon became a special-assignment pitching instructor for the Dodgers, assigned to work with Latino pitchers.
He later joined the Orioles and took up a similar job. He held that position till 2017. In 2015, Ramon spoke to the MLB website after his brother was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ramon shared he knew his brother would become a Hall of Fame in 1999. He said that was the best he had seen anyone pitch. Ramon concluded the interview, saying it was a very big honor for the Martinez family.
When They Faced Each Other In 1996
Pedro was traded by the Dodgers to the Montreal Expos in 1993, and in 1996, the brothers found themselves pitching against each other.
If few siblings enjoy such moments, Pedro and Ramon didn’t want any part of it at the time. In his interview, Pedro said, “It is a blood thing. We are too close.”
As Ramon was the older brother, he explained to Pedro that they had to do it. During the game, it was said that Pedro sat at the end of the bench, clasping his hands and praying for Ramon.
He later moved to the clubhouse and cheered for his brother on the TV. Before the game, two brothers had decided on a friendly wager with the loser buying a case of beer, which they would enjoy in the off-season in their homeland, the Dominican Republic.
Jesus Martinez Passed Away In 2018
The younger brother of Pedro Martinez, Jesus Martinez, passed away due to a heart attack in 2018. He was only 44.
Pedro told ESPN Digital that his brother had suffered a pre-heart attack a couple of weeks before his untimely demise. Like his brothers, Jesus was signed by the Dodgers and played with Tigres del Licey of the Dominican League.
Though he was called up by the Dodgers in 1996, he didn’t play a single MLB game. He played for ten years in the minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians, and the New York Mets organization.
Along with his two older brothers, Jesus had been inducted into the Albuquerque Isotopes Hall of Fame.
Pedro’s other older brother, Nelson Martinez, was also a baseball player, but there isn’t much information available about him. The former baseball star also has two sisters, Anadelia and Luz Maria.