Pedro Martinez To Retire

An article by posted on December 3, 2011

Pedro Martinez will soon announce his official retirement, according to MLB.com.

Pedro Martinez, who put together one of the best four-year stretches as a starter in Major League history, told MLB.com’s Evan Drellich that he’s planning to officially announce his retirement soon.

Martinez, 40, last pitched in the Majors in 2009 with the Phillies, making nine starts.

“I’m going to [officially announce it], I’m going to do it, but I want to throw a party too,” Martinez said. “I want to make it part of every place that I’m going to be remembered and loved by the fans.”

Martinez told MLB.com the itch is still there to play, but he’s enjoying his home life too much.

“I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t [play again] in any situation, but I find it very difficult for me to come back,” Martinez said. “Now I have tasted the normal life, life as a family member, being a family man, being a father. You know what? I like it, honestly. I do miss some of the things in baseball, but not all of it. I think right now my family’s my priority.”

Martinez pitched 18 seasons in the Majors for the Dodgers, Expos, Red Sox, Mets and Phillies, posting a career record of 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA. Martinez was an eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner, winning the National League honor in 1997 with the Expos and taking home the American League hardware in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox.

Martinez was the game’s most dominant hurlers around the turn of the century, winning those three Cy Young Awards and also finishing second in 1998. He averaged a 19-6 record and 2.16 ERA per season from 1997-2000.

Pedro went 32-23 with a 3.88 ERA in 79 career starts with the Mets from 2005-2008.

We’ll see you in the Hall of Fame, Pedro.

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