Pedro Martinez On His Way To Retirement

Right-hander Pedro Martinez has virtually ruled out a return to the major leagues and says he is on his way to retirement, according to the Associated Press.  In an interview that was broadcast today in the Dominican Republic, Martinez said that he has stayed in shape, but not with his eye on a return.

"I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected," the three-time Cy Young award-winner said.

Just three weeks ago, Martinez seemed to hint that he was looking to return to baseball and preferably for the Boston Red Sox.  However, the Dominican hurler now says that his comments were misinterpreted.  Martinez also dropped the Yankees in conversation, but the Bombers probably wouldn't have been interested in him anyway.


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41 Comments on "Pedro Martinez On His Way To Retirement"


jordan
4 years 4 months ago

SURE Bet for HOF….
yes sir

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 4 months ago

In his prime he was almost un-hittable. His 1999 and 2000 years in Boston were ridiculously dominant.

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

1999 All-star game. CLASSIC.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

when you consider the era in which he played, the argument can be made that those two years constitute the best pitching performance in baseball history

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

Especially when you consider which era+/150 he played in, right? =P

4 years 4 months ago

Yeah…but he was probably on steroids too so…amazing how pitchers get a free pass. Well, all pitchers besides Roger Clemens.

Rongy69
4 years 4 months ago

So True!

If Pedro goes to the HoF, then so should Barry Bonds! Even the the Great Hank Aaron was accused of taking the Juice, but because his such a fine Guy hes not bashed on!

You Guys asking me to give Pedro his props? Granted, but only if you give Barry his props. He was undeniably one of Basballs greatest Hitters Alltime!

I really can’t believe that he (Martinez) didn’t take Roids too, considering that Manny and David was on the Sox Team too!

Scott Littlefield
4 years 4 months ago

He’ll be playing for the yanks this yr

ARod's Ring
4 years 4 months ago

isn’t that joke a little old already?

4 years 4 months ago

Pedro should have talked to Manny about taking time to plan his retirement.

4 years 4 months ago

First-ballot, unanimous selection to the HoF.

bonestock94
4 years 4 months ago

Good, I want it to be in the books that the Yankees gave him a proper send-off in ’09.

That said, its absolutely incredible to go back and look at his numbers. He did what he did during the height of the steroid era, and much of it in the AL East. A true HOFer, even if I hate him lol.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

i am very happy to have witnessed it, but very sad that i wasn’t able to appreciate just how good pedro was in his prime. i don’t expect to ever see it again

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

“I know I achieved a lot, and I know I have my little share of respect, but when you talk about playoffs, there is no time to be mad, there is no time to complain, there is no soreness that you can’t overcome or pain, sometimes, and I hope I continue to do it. I am going to leave my heart out there for my team.” -Pedro Martinez

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

Sort of the anti-Manny.

nzmrmn
4 years 4 months ago

Lifetime WHIP of 1.05 is mind boggling.

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

.978 in Boston. Talk about PRIME. 7 years in Boston.

W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
117 37 .760 2.52 203 201 1 22 8 0 1383.2 1044 428 387 103 309 5 1683 77 0 30 5498 191 0.978 6.8 0.7 2.0 10.9 5.45

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

its funny because he was so good for so long that you grow used to his dominance

but to look back on his numbers makes you appreciate all the times you got to watch him in action. Those numbers are just absolutely ridiculous

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

great point. i distinctly remember how disappointed people in boston (and nationwide) were with pedro in 2003 and 2004, when he was considered to be losing it

he posted nearly 8 WAR in 2003 and nearly 6 WAR in 2004. and people were saying what’s wrong with pedro? he’s losing it

and they were right! because he was so amazing before then that a mere ace seemed like a let down. craziness

DMiles5149
4 years 4 months ago

I’m a Yankees fan but Pedro was great. Amazing actually. His change-up was one of the best pitches I’ve seen. Then a mid-90’s heater he can throw to both corners with a nasty deuce. Almost unfair. First Ballot HOFer no doubt.

NomarGarciaparra
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you Pedro for the great memories of dominance in Boston! Best pitcher of the modern ERA…no doubt! First-ballot HOF for sure!

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

you were pretty good too for awhile

NomarGarciaparra
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks…I was my hero too.

All kidding aside, Pedro and Nomar…I will never forget. It will be a long time until Boston has another next-level dominant pairs like Pedro and Nomar. By dominant, I don’t mean Lester dominant or even Halladay dominant, I mean Pedro dominant.

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

What about me? I was pretty good. And I was actually on the team at the end of 2004!

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

Pedro will go down as the most dominant pitcher of our era.

basemonkey
4 years 4 months ago

In the mid 90s to early 2000s, Pedro was an absolute freak of nature.

At his peak, he mixed in a mid-to-upper 90s moving fastball, that cut and ran, with a circle change that had a speed differential of up to 15 mph. I’ve never seen batters swing and miss so early on pitches than against him in his prime. Johan, as good as he eventually became in Minnesota, was basically a mini-Pedro because of his similar repetoire. The freak part of it, is Lincaecum-like, because all of this was coming out of such a relatively small framed long-fingered pitcher with lots of torque applied to the ball, which made him a living optical illusion when he threw with such ferocious velocity and then such slow offspeed stuff. I didn’t even mention his breaking ball, but he was just a ridiculous pitcher.

I think he’s first ballot, but if he isn’t, it may be because of the longevity question. Being such a small bodied pitcher, he eventually succumbed to health issues which reduced his playing time, but that’s not to say that there haven’t been similarly shorter career Hall of Fame pitchers that got in just based on sheer degree of dominance. Koufax comes to mind there.

4 years 4 months ago

I’m a yankee fan and I was at the game when he struck out 17 yankees, only giving up the one hit, a homer to Chili Davis. They didn’t even hit a ball out of the infield after that, and they were a dynasty at the time. Pedro was fun to watch, dominant player, and I would do anything to enjoy him in the game for another ten years. First ballot HOF, no doubt.

Stl_Great
4 years 4 months ago

Guess it’s time for a new avatar… Goodbye Pedro.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

hope this helps

hoagiebuchanan
4 years 4 months ago

His .7373 WHIP in 2000 is the lowest single-season WHIP EVER!

SophieMerry
4 years 4 months ago

Probably the least-well-known CY winner.

Common_Knowledge
4 years 4 months ago

How is a multiple Cy Young award winner and one of five pitchers to win the award in each league “probably the least-well-known CY winner”??? I could see making that statement about a pitcher who had one or two outstanding seasons like Bartolo Colon or Barry Zito but not a pitcher who had multiple great seasons like Pedro. Pedro arguably had two of the all-time greatest seasons by a pitcher.

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

Over/under on how long your comment stays up here? I say 15 minutes.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

hardy har har . what a lame post.

Pedro was one of the best pitchers of all time. The fact that you’re such a homer that you cant put aside your allegiance to the yankees to appreciate how good this guy was shows what kind of baseball fan you are.

‘Sayonara! lmfao’

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

Under.

wickedkevin
4 years 4 months ago

“…shows what kind of Yankee fan you are.”*-corrected statement. Baseball fans appreciate baseball. He obviously does not.

East Coast Bias
4 years 4 months ago

I disagree.

I mean, to harness such a strong emotion for a player which dominated your team, you obviously are very attached to the game, as well as the team obviously. If it was the opposite, you can make the argument that the fan is apathetic towards both.

People show passion in different ways.

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 4 months ago

Oh I’ll be the first one to admit that Pedro was the most dominant pitcher in baseball history in his prime to do what he did in the AL East and in the middle of the steroid era is incredible but being a die hard Yankee fan if you would have told me before the 2009 season started that the Yankees would win the World Series in 6 games against the Phillies and they would clinch it at home against Pedro I would have smiled from ear to ear lol. Still gotta give him his props though.

stl_cards16
4 years 4 months ago

But, as a true fan of the game. When the rivalry with that player is over or when he has retired, you should be able to step back and realize how great a player was. Any true baseball fan can do that. There are many Cubs and Mets I have hated over the years, but when their time is over, I can appreciate what they did for the game, the rivalry, and just how good they were.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Yes and no..

but I think overall, like cards16 has stated, its over and done with. I think its important to be a baseball fan first and for most.. Prime example, everyone LOVES to hate the yankees, but how many people hate on Mariano? You can’t because regardless of what team he played for and who you root for, Mariano is one of the greatest pitchers to ever step on the mound.

Its fine to be passionate and be immersed in an intense rivalry, but at a certain point when someone is that good you have to step back, be rational and appreciate

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

And I think the main thing is that Pedro is no longer a Red Sox or a Phillie or a Met. He is a former MLB player and should be respected as such. You can hate on him all you want when he is a member of your fave team’s rival, but when it’s the end you should show a bit of respect to the player. As I will when Jeter retires. Maybe. lol