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Pedro Martinez is planning to retire

Dec 3, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

Pedro Martinez, Carolina Cruz Martinez AP

According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball.

Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no surprise.

The sure-fire Hall of Famer posted a 3.63 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings for the Phillies in 2009. He’ll finish up with a sparkling 219-100 career record, a 2.93 career ERA and a 1.05 career WHIP. He struck 3,154 batters over an 18-year career.

Martinez said he’s planning to visit Boston and other cities as part of a reunion tour next summer.

  1. Bryz - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    No doubt HoF-er. I’m disappointed I didn’t realize how great he was when I was a kid.

  2. cur68 - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Greatest Expo pitcher ever. When he goes into the Hall I hope that’s the hat he’s wearing.

    • Matt Aromando - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:48 AM

      No question he goes in with a Red Sox cap, most/best seasons spent with them, most notably including ’99 and ’00.

  3. ras1tafari - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I’m hoping he signs a one day contract with the Red Sox to retire as one, and eventually his #45.

    • oldpaddy - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      +1

  4. yankeesgameday - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I remember him, didn’t he play with don zimmer for the Brooklyn Dodgers?

    • aceshigh11 - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      I believe he mistook Zimmer’s bald head for a baseball and tried to throw it across the infield back in 2003.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:39 AM

        Zimmer forgot how old he was when he got a bit too frisky on the field.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Did this really need to be announced? If so, I’d like to announce that I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the Marlins pitching staff. They can take me to Joe’s, but I ain’t signing.

  6. bcjim - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Wow, hes still alive?

    • Bryz - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:13 PM

      This ain’t Abe Vigoda we’re talking about here.

  7. JBerardi - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Pedro Martinez has a better career K/BB rate than Mariano Rivera. Think about that.

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      Thumbs down from defensive Yankee fans? It’s not a slight that I’m using Rivera as the gold standard of pitching excellence, you know…

  8. dondada10 - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Pedro’s 2000 season was the finest single season any pitcher ever threw.

    • Ben - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

      Except for his 1999 season.

      • KC Downey - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:12 AM

        1999 was great, and perhaps he was robbed of an MVP, but there are a couple off-the-charts stats from Pedro’s 2000 season that show just how unbelievably good he was that year.

        In the steroid era…

        – 0.737 WHIP (single-season major league record)
        – 1.74 ERA with an ERA+ of 291 (!!!)

      • Glenn - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        He put up Sandy Koufax numbers – but he was pitching in the hitter/steroid era in Fenway while Sandy was pitching in a great pitcher’s park in the pitcher’s era. Amazing.

    • Ben - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:23 AM

      1999 was unquestionably the better season. His stats for 2000 were eye-popping as well, but by fWAR his 1999 season was 2.1 WAR better.
      Consider this: in his 2000 season he had a BABIP of .236. In his 1999 season, he had a BABIP of .323. He was unlucky on balls in play in 1999, both against his own career average and MLB average, and he still had the best season in the history of baseball!
      Using FIP- his 1999 season came in at 30, which means he was 70% better than league average. His 2000 FIP- was 46, or 54% better than average. Still tremendous, but 1999 was superlative.

      • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        1999 was unquestionably the better season. His stats for 2000 were eye-popping as well, but by fWAR his 1999 season was 2.1 WAR better.

        And by rWAR his 2000 season was 1.7 WAR better. Stat nerds, I love you, but it’s time you admitted that WAR is a hot mess of a stat that’s if anything less useful than the uber-stats that came before it. At least VORP didn’t assign massive win values to players based on half-season UZR numbers…

  9. medialovesthecowboys - Dec 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Reunion tour?
    Does he sing?

  10. 2r2d - Dec 3, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    He was a great pitcher.

  11. randygnyc - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Hey Pedro, who’s your daddy?

    Father time.

  12. ss - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    The Right Arm of God. The greatest I’ve ever seen.

  13. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    He’s been irrelevant for years now. WHO CARES?!!!!!!

    • bbk1000 - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:13 AM

      haha, yea, irrelevant….kind of like the Sharks when it comes to the NHL….

  14. jwbiii - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    fearlessleader linked to a page which linked to this:

    http://www.mlb-dda.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=55

    Pedro Martinez seems to be doing admirable work in his not-quite-retired state.

  15. proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Does his belated retirement announcement affect when he will be eligible for the Hall Of Fame?

    • Ari Collins - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:13 AM

      Nope. It’s just a clock that starts five years after you last played pro baseball.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:57 AM

        Thank you Ari

      • sdelmonte - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        Vote for Pedro!

  16. kiwicricket - Dec 4, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Please tell me that’s his daughter

    • clydeserra - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:40 PM

      That would be lame. It would mean he was a dad at 10 years old

  17. sdelmonte - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    I would be hard pressed to call him an all time great Met. But he gave it his all here and left us with some memorable moments.

    He is, however, clearly an all time great.

  18. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    One of the best , and most entertaining, of all time.

  19. thefalcon123 - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    “Lasorda questioned whether then-Dodger Pedro Martinez, because of his slight build, had the size and stamina to be a starting pitcher in the major leagues. Lasorda’s views led the Dodgers to trade Martinez to the Montreal Expos”–Baseball Wiki

    He used Pedro almost exclusively as a reliever. Good call on that one Tommy.

    ERA+ above 200 *5* times! Though he didn’t have durability of Maddux or Carlton, I think *at his best* he has an argument as the greatest in baseball history.

  20. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    my lasting memory of pedro will be game 6 of the 2009 WS and watching Matsui just totally dominate him and the phillies and watching him get taking out as Yankee Stadium gave him a proper send off. That to me is who he will always be and he looked good in that phillie uniform, i so wished they resigned him again

  21. badmamainphilliesjamas - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    It was a treat to have him with the Phillies. Always an interesting interview, too.

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