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CLEVELAND – Watching some of the best hitters in the world flail at Luis Castillo’s 98-mph fastballs and devastating 88-mph changeups during the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Castillo reminded him of Pedro Martinez.
Yes, that Pedro Martinez. The first-ballot Hall of Famer. The three-time Cy Young winner, eight-time All-Star and one of the biggest faces in the sport for two decades.
Chris Singleton, who played six seasons in the Majors, made the same comparison during the ESPN radio broadcast. Castillo struck out two in a scoreless inning, drawing seven swings and misses. Castillo faced just three batters, but he had more swings and misses than any pitcher in the All-Star Game.
Martinez was Castillo’s childhood hero. Castillo’s dad would call to him when Martinez was pitching on TV and they would study the way Martinez pitched together at their home in the Dominican Republic. He grew up watching Martinez dominate hitters with his changeup.
The crazy part? When Martinez watches…