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Martinez's bat gets back in the spotlight

A big home run Friday reminds Mets fans of what might have been -- and still may be

Updated: May 14, 2011, 1:57 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

HOUSTON -- Jose Reyes remembers the batting-practice showcase a 16-year-old Fernando Martinez displayed at Shea Stadium shortly after signing with the New York Mets in 2005 for $1.3 million. It came that summer, as the phenom became the first import of what was promised to be a wave of Dominican talent that would flock to the organization as a result of Pedro Martinez's signing.

"I mean, he was hitting home runs all over the field," Reyes recalled. "Left field. Right field. It was ...

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