For perspective on pitching, Buck Martinez is a good man to talk to. He caught more than 1,000 games in the big leagues. He managed the Blue Jays. And for more than two decades, Martinez has dispensed his insight on telecasts in the U.S. and Canada. On Saturday, he did the Toronto telecast as Tigers rookie Bruce Rondon made his first appearance of the exhibition season by pitching against the Blue Jays. "You can see he's blessed with great talent," Martinez said in an interview moments after the game. "For a young guy, he has a lot of experience in the minor leagues -- they signed him when he was 16 years old. With Jim (Leyland) and the veteran catcher -- Alex (Avila) is a young veteran, but he has handled a lot of good pitchers and a lot of power pitchers -- it's a good fit for him." Rondon entered for the fifth inning with the Toronto starters still in the game. The first four hitters he faced are sure to be on the Opening Day roster.
Tigers' Bruce Rondon 'has the stuff to be closer'
Detroit Free Press | Feb 24