Every network, including Turner itself, always is on the lookout for a breakout studio analyst star on the order of TNT's Charles Barkley. But there is only one Sir Charles.
Still, Turner hopes it has unearthed a baseball equivalent in Pedro Martinez, who will work his second postseason and who appears to have the goods to become a TV standout.
"He's a natural, a no-brainer," said Craig Barry, Turner's senior VP of production. "He's got what it takes. I think his ceiling is huge. He brings an honesty and a sensibility about not taking himself so seriously, not to mention having an innate expertise in baseball, specifically around pitching."
OK, so Barry is biased. But he also is right.
"I do like it, I enjoy it, especially with the group of people they've put together," Martinez said. "It's a lot more work than I thought . . . I just try to see my perspective and then I relay it to you guys honestly."
What makes Martinez's quotability more impressive is he is doing it in his second language.
"He's animated and he is passionate and in whatever language he's speaking, it comes across," Barry said. "He's a guy you want to listen to. He's just that likeable."