December 3, 2011

Pedro Martinez Set to Retire...Finally. Again.

Stop me if you've heard this one before...Pedro Martinez is set to call it quits.

Or not.  Really...who cares anymore?

I mean, we've heard it all from the three-time Cy Young Award winner, haven't we?  But this time, apparently...it's legit.

"I'm going to [officially announce it], I'm going to do it.  But I want to throw a party too," Martinez told MLB.com.  "I want to make it part of every place that I'm going to be remembered and loved by the fans. I'm going to start by doing something in the Dominican, officially signing the papers, probably coming back to Boston and getting something going with you guys."

You're going to read a lot of pieces that highlight Martinez's dominating stretch from 1999 to 2002, but c'mon...why limit it to just those four seasons?  If you stretch out that a few years (1997-2003), dude was 118-36 with a 2.20 ERA...those three Cy Young Awards and two second place finishes.

Best seven-years ever?  Perhaps.

Overall, the 40-year-old's career spanned 18 big league seasons.  He was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3154 strikeouts with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

Martinez last threw a pitch in the 2009 World Series and barring any stupid revelations (fingers crossed), he should be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame Class of 2015...unless he decides to come back and pitch again.

Again.


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