Pedro Martinez To Announce Retirement

Right-hander Pedro Martinez, who last pitched in the Majors in 2009, said he will soon officially announce his retirement, according to Cash Kruth of MLB.com.

Martinez had apparently remained open to a return to the bigs since appearing in nine regular-season and two postseason games with the Phillies in '09, but nothing materialized, and now at age 40 and two full years removed from big league action, it's hard to imagine him catching on anywhere.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner and arguably the best pitcher of the offense-heavy 1990s and early aughts, Martinez has already cemented his legacy as one of the top hurlers in MLB history and projects as a lock for the Hall of Fame.

Martinez will hang 'em up with a record of 219-100 and a 2.93 ERA in 18 seasons with the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies. The advanced metrics are equally flattering as the traditional stats: 154 ERA+, 2.91 FIP, 89.4 WAR. Pedro's 291 ERA+ in 2000 is the highest single-season adjusted ERA in the modern era.


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sports33
3 years 8 months ago

Wait, he wasn’t retired before?

In all seriousness, though – he was a great pitcher and is probably a first ballot hall of famer.

bayareabeast
3 years 8 months ago

obviously not

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

“Probably”? He’s a lock…

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

I would never trust the BBWAA that much.

bobbybaseball
3 years 8 months ago

He may have done steroids, don’t forget.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

I guess we could say that about 100% of the players who played with him, but there’s really no “evidence” other than his stats.

John
3 years 8 months ago

You’re dumb.

bobdigi08
3 years 8 months ago

“who last pitched in the Majors since 2009″

I take it your editor has also retired?

ZZZZZIPPP
3 years 8 months ago

BOBDIGI08 DON’T YOU SEE? YOU WERE THE EDITOR ALL ALONG

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

There can only be one Creature. It’s not you.

cacavolante
3 years 8 months ago

yeah, one is more than enough.

ZZZZZIPPP
3 years 8 months ago

SPORTS33 LOOK BEYOND DIALECT

3 years 8 months ago

You, sir, are my editor!

bobbybaseball
3 years 8 months ago

I do think there is ample evidence that Pedro did ‘roids. To think otherwise is naive.

ellisburks
3 years 8 months ago

There is no evidence sir. And you replied to the wrong thread.

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

I still say Jim “Kitty” Kaat should be in..

for what it’s worth?? Noticed Charlie O’Finley is on the old timers ballot this year as a 1st timer.. Wonder if his mule is also??

unvme7
3 years 8 months ago

John, 100% agree with you on Kaat, along with Santo and Hodges..

TheHitman23
3 years 8 months ago

A part of my childhood memories just died a little bit. We will miss you Pedro!

diesel2410
3 years 8 months ago

I’ll miss him throwing Don Zimmer to the ground…Oh wait.

John
3 years 8 months ago

Im waiting..

3 years 8 months ago

This is so shocking. /s

Anyway, your talents will be missed.

John
3 years 8 months ago

You’re smart. /s

Infield Fly
3 years 8 months ago

It’s about time, Pedro. When you were in your prime there was nobody like you. 

Congratulations, and I look forward to your HOF induction!

thekidfromyesterday
3 years 8 months ago

Arguably yes that goes to Maddux but Pedro was awesome

KJ4realz
3 years 8 months ago

I’d say prime years (7 years from each) it’s more in favor of Pedro. 

Pedro age 25-31: 1408.0 IP, 2.20 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 5.59 K/BB 213 ERA+
Maddux age 26-32: 1675.1 IP, 2.15 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 4.78 K/BB 191 ERA+.

It’s arguably because they are pretty close but they differ in a few things. They both dominated keeping men off the base path and letting in (earned) runs but while Maddux was a more reliable pitcher (Maddux 239 IP/season in that span to Pedro’s 201) Pedro absolutely dominated the batters. He didn’t walk batters and he struck them out at a ridiculous rate. BBs and Ks are 2 of the ways to evaluate what a pitcher does independently. To be able to control the game the way he did was second to none (in my opinion)

It was nice seeing him pitch in a Phillies uniform. Great career.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

(oh, you did include ERA+. FIP- is 50 to 62, adv. pedro)

they’re both baseball immortals. i think pedro was clearly more dominant during his peak, but that 5000 (!!) innings of a 3.2 ERA/FIP pitching is more impressive than 2800 innings of 2.9

3 years 8 months ago

Much respect to Pedro and what he has done in his career.  Will miss his hilarious press conferences but definitely not his stellar pitching.  Even as a Yankee fan you have to tip your cap to this destined Hall of Famer.

snowbladerp14
3 years 8 months ago

at least give dan duquette one more shot to sign you before retiring for good

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Great career! One of my all-time favorites! No one in recent memory, perhaps in history, was as electrifying as Pedro! We will probably never witness another Pedro in our lifetime!

Thanks for all the great years in Boston!

AmISerious
3 years 8 months ago

Glad you played with the Phillies Pedro.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Agreed. Every time I look at his stats in 99 and 2000, I’m still amazed by how he could’ve accomplished that…particularly during that era. Those seasons are no doubt up for consideration as the best pitching seasons in MLB history!

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Oops that did not come out right. That was a reply to Infield Fly.

bobbybaseball
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure u aren’t the real Nomar, but if u are, u should know how he achieved his HOF status.

John
3 years 8 months ago

Lol look at Greg maddux’s stats

Bluduke28
3 years 8 months ago

Just the best. Anyone who enjoys baseball enjoyed watching him dominate in his prime. Such an amazing presence on the mound.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 8 months ago

Best pitcher in the 90’s? I think Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens might have something to say about that…in any case, enjoy your retirement Pedro, you deserve it.

nepp
3 years 8 months ago

Over the entire decade, yeah…but in his peak, Pedro was better than any of them.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Those other guys had careers that were several years longer, but none of them ever dominated the way the Pedro did.  The last person I can find who dominated the way Pedro did was Koufax.

jsmoltz29
3 years 8 months ago

92-95 Maddox…

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

…was not as dominant as ’99-’01 Pedro

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

had he pitched a full season in 2001, that would have been ~33 WAR in 3 seasons. just absurd

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Everything about him was absurd.  It’s still unbelievable to me every time I look at his numbers.  1.39 FIP!?!

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

dan duquette is so pissed

Jake White
3 years 8 months ago

Lousy human being, fantastic pitcher.  His greatness will forever be tainted by him throwing a 75 year old man to the ground.  So long.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Zimmer had that coming.

3 years 8 months ago

zimmer attacked him

sports33
3 years 8 months ago

That 75 year old man was running at him and he had to make a split-second decision. I doubt you would’ve done differently…

FowlofCanada
3 years 8 months ago

It’ was a no win situation, either do something or become Robin Ventura.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 8 months ago

Thats why i love him.

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Zimmer was clearly the aggressor in that situation.

$19780412
3 years 8 months ago

yes he was

TrailerParkApe
3 years 8 months ago

I remember when Tim Lincecum and Pedro went face to face back in 2009 and it was a very hyped up game. Turned out to be a great game. Martinez was a great pitcher during his career. Just imagine if the Expos decided to keep most of the players they actually had coming up through their system. Would’ve been a dangerous team.

vonhayesdays
3 years 8 months ago

just imagine if they had decided to keep the expos 

jimbeau
3 years 8 months ago

pedro came up with the dodger; but the point is fair

3 years 8 months ago

If only he weren’t so picky and adamant to pitch only half a season, he would have got more chances.

nepp
3 years 8 months ago

Easily the best pitcher I’ve ever seen in person and one of those guys that you stopped what you were doing to watch him work in his peak years.  In his 7 year peak, he was simply unhittable.  He WAS the best pitcher of his era.

And his interviews were always hysterical.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Great career Pedro.