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Pedro Martinez to officially retire

Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:38 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:58 am

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pedro Martinez told reporters Saturday that he was planning to officially announce his retirement soon -- apparently that announcement was unofficial.

The 40-year-old Martinez last pitched in 2009, starting nine regular-season games for the Phillies and three games in the postseason, including two in the 2009 World Series against the Yankees

According to, Martinez said he still had the desire to play, but he's enjoying his life at home too much. 

Martinez will finish his career with a 219-100 record and 2.93 ERA and three Cy Young Awards. From 1997-2005, he went 149-53 with a 2.47 ERA, winning 20 games twice. He led the league in ERA five times, including a 1.90 ERA with the Expos in 1997 and a 1.74 ERA with the Red Sox in 2000. He finished second in the MVP voting in 1999 when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:49 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

Pedro Martinez pitched mean and nasty just like Bob Gibson, but with a smaller body.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:13 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

Retiring when you haven't pitched in 2+ years and are 40 years old seems unneccesary.
That's because the clock doesn't start ticking on your 5 year removal from the league and HOF eligibility until you are officially retired.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:35 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

First ballot HOF

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:28 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

Best I ever saw!

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:14 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

When he was in his prime he was nearly impossible to hit. Unfortunately for him the Yanks got his number and beat him up pretty good. Biggest problem for him was he had no class.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:58 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

What happened to that midget he use to hang with.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:44 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

I'm happy that he decided to retire and not hang around long enough to denigrate his fantastic career (a big compliment from a Yankees fan).  Koufax retired in what would be considered prime years, and guys like John Franco stayed around too long, and it hurt his career stats (not that he should ever be considered for HOF).

This guy is a victim of luck, his competitive spirit won't allow him to just give up, so fortunately MLB owners don't see the value of a 40 year old trying to hang on a little longer.

He certainly deserves the Hall.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:16 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

I agree for a position player my standard is a decade of dominance, 10+ years where your considered one of the best (top 2-3) at your position. For a pitcher I've always said it's 6-8 years. Pedro had 6 years where he was considered to be the best. After that I start weighing the intangiables to make the final cut for the HOF.

As a long time Boston fan I can tell you 5-6 pitcher that if Boston had signed them Pedro would have had another ring.  Boston just didn't recognize the value of having a great ROTATION during some of his best years.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:01 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

The fact that people are debating Pedro's hall of fame credentials is a joke. Pedro in his prime was the greatest pitcher of all time.  I already posted on this, but here are Pedro's stats against Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Sandy Koufax, and Roger Clemens: http://i1209.photobuc

There's a typo: Greg Maddux's era was 1.56 in his best season.  I also pointed out in my other post that Walter Johnson's era was 1.14 with a .78 WHIP in his best season vs. Pedro's 1.74 and .78.  In Walter Johnson's 1913, the AL earned runs average was 2.93.
A quick summary for the lazy/uninterested: Pedro's best season and best 3-7 seasons were probably more impressive than any other pitcher.  But the quality of the lineups put the argument to rest.  He pitched in the AL in the greatest hitting era of all time.  The AL era in 2000 was 4.93 when Pedro's era was 1.74 and he had a .473 OPS against.  Greg maddux was the only guy who was comparably dominant in a league with an ERA above 4: the NL's was 4.18 in his ridiculous 1.63 era, .482 OPS against season.  Pedro and Maddux are the only guys with OPS against under .500 for a full season, Martinez and Maddux the only guys with 4 seasons under .550, and Clemens and Martinez the only guys with 7 under .600 (Roger had 9).

I'm really not some big Pedro lover.  As a little kid, I hated baseball for some reason when Pedro was good.  But I looked at the stats objectively and concluded that he was best.  I think it's wierd that he is not recognized as such, so I'm letting people know.

To the guy that said Martinez was an abomination in the post season (now I'm going to sound like a Pedro apologist), Pedro had only 2 post seasons when he was really Pedro.  He was 3-0 with a 1.13 era with a .71 WHIP in 24 innings, including 17 shutout innings in 1999.  By 2003, his 31-year-old 155 pound frame was fading.  As to his guts, nobody can get in his head, but his 6 shutout relief innings with a back injury in a game 5 alds, and even his insistance on staying in the 2003 ALCS game 7 tell me the guy had some guts.  It's beside the point, but he also pitched 7 shutout innings in a world series game.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:35 pm

Pedro Martinez to officially retire

being a lifetime red sox fan going back to lonborg, martinez was the best season pitcher we ever had.   he is a HOF but he was an abomination in the post season.  he didnt have the guts nor poise to win in high pressure situations.  you might say the same about clemens who also choked and hurst and lee etc.  but martinez was a purely great pitcher when it didnt count.  and his aloof comment after getting whacked around by yanks "they're my daddy"  AND THEN going out the following year in relief as tito tried to slay his dragons and HE ALMOST BLEW THAT ONE!  great pitcher no intestinal fortitude   goodbye petey thanks for the seasons but your not a red sox all time great

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