Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez was honored today at the State Capitol during Dominican Heritage Week. The Dominican born pitcher was recognized for his work both on and off the field, which has inspired countless Dominican-Americans. State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx) presented Mr. Martinez with the first annual Oscar De La Renta Excellence Award in recognition of the extraordinary work he has done for the Dominican-American community. Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) introduced a resolution in the Senate congratulating Mr. Martinez on his election to the Hall of Fame and Assemblyman Pichardo (D-Bronx) introduced an accompanying resolution in the Assembly.

El senador demócrata José Peralta y el ex pelotero Pedro Martínez. Foto Cortesía

El senador demócrata José Peralta y el ex pelotero Pedro Martínez. Foto Cortesía

State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said, “Pedro Martinez has been an inspiration to millions of people on and off the mound, either by throwing pitches or by helping families in his native Dominican Republic. It was a great honor to have him with us as we celebrate Dominican Heritage Month at the State capital.” Peralta added, “I want to congratulate Pedro Martinez for the award and honors he received today and for his recent election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, following the steps of his idol Juan Marichal, another Dominican great. Although his trip to Cooperstown began by playing the game with broomsticks as bats, he became one of its best pitchers ever.”

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan/Bronx) said “Through success and hard work Pedro Martinez has become an inspiration for many Dominican-Americans. It was a privilege to present him with the first annual Oscar De La Renta Excellence Award, in recognition of the contribution he has made to the Dominican community. Whether on or off the field Mr. Martinez gives his all and I can think of better role model to receive this honor.”

Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “Pedro Martinez is a towering figure known for his prowess on the baseball diamond as well as his dedication to helping others. Pedro won the Cy Young Award three times and earned the respect of his fellow players due to his dominance as a pitcher and his leadership in the clubhouse. Through creating the Brothers Foundation, Pedro has helped families in the Dominican Republic recover from devastating flooding and has assisted with the construction of schools, community centers and homes. Pedro has also worked tirelessly to help disadvantaged youths in the United States through charitable giving and assisting with afterschool programs. Major League Baseball recognized Pedro Martinez’s skill by inducting him into the Hall of Fame and we are proud to recognize his achievements through our Senate resolution.”

“I am honored to welcome Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to the People’s House,” said Assemblymember Victor Pichardo. “Mr. Martinez’s contributions on and off the field will continue to make Dominicans proud for generations to come.”