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Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

Posted on: April 9, 2011 6:58 pm

By Evan Brunell

MartinezPedro Martinez is still hoping to pitch in 2011 despite not having pitched since losing Game 6 of the 2009 World Series for the Phillies, reports the New York Times.

Martinez, who is most known for his time as a Red Sox, is looking to sign with a team with playoff aspirations and believes he could be ready inside two months.

"I’m in shape right now and I’m training and I’m playing catch, so getting to full strength would probably take me a month, month and a half, to be on a mound," Martinez said, although he cites his family as a reason why he wouldn't want to come back. "The more time I spend away from the game, the more attached I get to my family. Apart from that, it would probably be just the hassle of having to travel so much and being away from them. It’s what makes it more difficult for us."

For now, Martinez is content training and working on his foundation while awaiting a call, if it ever comes.

"I’ve ... been doing a little bit of fishing and spending time with my family, of course. I fish most of the time in Miami and the Dominican -- that’s where we spend the most time. When I see myself free completely, I’m fishing. If I’m not, I’m training or dealing with the foundation," Martinez added.

Pedro says if he had to pick a team to return to, it would be the Red Sox.

"I would like to win a World Series in the National League, so the Phillies are in there, too. But for the time I’m going to be playing, I think Boston is more suitable so that I can retire with the Boston Red Sox and go to the Hall of Fame with the same hat," Petey said. While he's likely to go in with a Boston hat regardless of where he plays this year, it doesn't hurt that the Red Sox are Pedro's pick to represent the AL in the World Series even though he believes the victor will be Philadelphia. Plus, Philly has one of Pedro's favorite pitchers to watch.

"I would love to see a matchup between Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay," Martinez said. "That would be a dream matchup. I know it can be stressful for some of us to be facing top-notch pitchers, but that’s the way I liked it throughout my career. I liked big pitchers, the big time and big games, and I’m pretty sure they feel the same way."

It's tough to see Martinez returning to the game after such a layoff, but not impossible. While he certainly envisions himself as a starter, is it possible he could succeed as a reliever? Perhaps the greatest pitcher in the history of the game, Pedro just doesn't have the endurance to go deep into games with wicked stuff anymore. Limiting himself to an inning or two at a time may allow him to pitch with more max effort per pitch and make him that much more effective.

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Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:45 am

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

I agree.  Pedro Martinez was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over a 12 year span of his career but that career ended in 2007.  Whe he last played baseball in 2009 for the Phillies he did a comendable job filling a void that team needed to give their regular starters a rest and get them healthy for the playoffs.  When the playoffs came, Pedro's career acomplishments didn't allow the manager to make him the odd man out of the rotation and his presence actually hurt the Phillies' chances of winning.  You can't make a commitment to a future Hall of Famer like Martinez and not expect him to make every start regardless of what he has to offer at the time and pitch until his arm falls off.  Unfortunately for the Phillies that scenario happened in the 2009.  Had the Phillies used they're season long rotation in the 2009 World Series they may have made it to Game 7 and had a chance to win the series.  I admire Pedro's love for the game of baseball and his lust for competition but it's past the time for him to get ready for another half season of baseball.  It's time for him to get ready for his Hall of Fame speech in 2016. 

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:37 am

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

Fuck no

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 10:30 am

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

Sorry, Pedro, the next call you are getting is from the Hall of Fame.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:17 am

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

Pedro is done. He was a great pitcher. And with Randy Johnson retired the same year (taking the only spot truly available by the writers)... He'll be lucky to make the Hall of Fame by 2021.

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:06 am

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

I wonder if the Yankee's are even thinking about Pedro or if the Yankee Ego will get in the way. We all know the Yanks can use another arm either in the back of the SP rotation or in BP.


SOUND OFF HERE!!!!!!!!!!1

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 10:55 pm

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

being a boston fan i would like to see pedro back even as a reliever but very doubtful as a starter as bad as pitching here it he wouldn't be ready until the all star break if our pitching is still that bad we won't be a playoff team. It's still way to early to panic and we have wakefield and can eat up innings and dubront who has potential. It does bother me how the yankees picked up carlos silva for minor league because the sox should have seen that move.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 10:34 pm

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

I agree, given Red Sox pitching, I would take him over Dice K or Lackey right now.  Lackey has given up a run in every inning he has pitched to date, not sure even a 90 year old Pedro would do that.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 9:28 pm

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

If things get any worse in Boston (as if they aren't already as bad as they could be) he might even get the call. Otherwise, that phone ain't ringin', Petey.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:24 pm

Pedro Martinez awaiting call to return to majors

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