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Baseball Tonight becomes the "clutchest" show ever
2006-02-21 19:38
by Bob Timmermann

Tino Martinez will be an ESPN talking head on Baseball Tonight this season.

While it may appear that Tino is not coming up with a lot of insights, I am sure he will be able to banter with Harold Reynolds when it really counts. Orestes Destrade is joining the merry band in Bristol as well.

2006-02-21 19:50:38
1.   Icaros
During the course of a baseball season, I often find myself wondering, "What would Orestes think of this?"
2006-02-21 19:54:45
2.   Bob Timmermann
What Orestes Destrade loses in name recognition, he will more than likely make up for in personality. He's an interesting character.
2006-02-21 19:59:40
3.   Icaros
I'm not aware of his exploits. Care to elaborate?
2006-02-21 20:50:42
4.   Bob Timmermann
Destrade was born in Cuba, but he really became famous in Japan and he was a huge star there with four seasons of 30+ homers. Four Pacific League titles and three Japan Series titles. He came back to play for the Marlins in their first two seasons, but after he washed out there he went back to Japan as a coach I believe.

I think he can speak three languages. Which puts him three languages ahead of John Kruk.

2006-02-21 21:46:21
5.   das411
Not cool Bob. Kruk can speak West Virginian.
2006-02-22 10:45:50
6.   Cliff Corcoran
Actually, Bob, until Tino hit that Grand Slam in Game One of the '98 Series, Tino was considered the choker of those Yankee teams. After the Slam he became just another one of the guys, but never considered a "clutch" player like Jeter or O'Neill or Brosius, though his game-tying shot in Game Four of the '01 series and his season-saving five-game homer streak last May will live long in Yankee fans' memories.

I'll be interested to see what Tino has to over on BT. He was always a bit of an aw-shucks guy. Clearly a red-ass in the dugout, but kept that side hidden when talking to the media. One thing's for sure, though, the female viewership of BT just shot through the roof. Ladies Love Constantino.

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