On some days, Pedro Martinez knew opposing hitters were “f****d”

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Tom Verducci’s Hall of Fame column has this fantastic anecdote from a conversation Verducci had with Pedro Martinez:

We were standing near the pitcher’s mound on a makeshift field where amateur players train in Santo Domingo in his native Dominican Republic. I was asking Martinez what it felt like on the days when he knew he had his best stuff. He motioned toward home plate and told me those are the days when the distance between the mound and the plate seemed to be shortened. And then a mischievous smile came over his face. “Then,” he said, “you are f—-d.”

There have been tons written about Pedro Martinez’s changeup, his fastball and his breaking ball. But I feel like if we could see how pitching looked from his perspective — heck, if we could only see one-tenth of what he saw in his prime — it would probably blow our minds.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.