Former Montreal Expos great Pedro Martinez said he's unable to attend Saturday's induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario, due to a medical condition that's preventing him from traveling.
"While I expect a full and fast recovery, we must take these precautions with regards to travel. Unfortunately, it is out of my control. I am frustrated that my absence will disappoint my fans from Canada," Martinez said in a statement.
"The people of Montreal welcomed me from the moment I arrived. They provided me opportunity, support, and loyalty. They never rushed me and were always there to encourage me."
Martinez added that he's working with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to select a new date to visit and celebrate his enshrinement with fans.
He's set to enter the Canadian hall in a 2018 class that includes former Toronto Blue Jays All-Star Lloyd Moseby and Canadian sports historian Bill Humber.
Martinez, who went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, played four formative years as a member of the Expos, winning the National League Cy Young in 1997 as a 25-year-old. Over 118 games with the club, he posted a 55-33 record with a 3.06 ERA and 1.09 WHIP across 797 1/3 innings.
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