Pedro Martinez has said that he will announce his retirement from baseball very soon now 2 years after his last official Major League start.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner, now 40, had never fully closed the door on a potential return after his last Major League outing, in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series with the Phillies. Martinez said that his life in Miami and in the Dominican as well as his family and charity work will now be what he focuses on.
He said that he will most likely sign his retirement papers in the Dominican, but that he wants to throw a party and make his retirement special in all the places that touched his life. Martinez’s final numbers with five teams include a 219-100 record, a 2.93 ERA, 3,154 strikeouts, eight All-Star selections and a .687 winning percentage — second among pitchers with at least 300 games since 1919.
Seven of Martinez’s 18 big league seasons came with the Red Sox. But his early career was as a farmhand for the Dodgers. Martinez took his first Cy Young in 1997 with the Expos, posting a 17-8 record, 1.90 ERA and 305 strikeouts. Martinez took the Cy Young in ’99 and 2000, with a 23-4 record and 2.07 ERA in the former and an 18-6 record and 1.74 ERA in the latter. From ’99 through 2002, Martinez’s ERA was 2.07.
Martinez’s most dominant game might have been a 17-strikeout, one-hitter at Yankee Stadium against New York in ’99, or the nine perfect innings he threw with the Expos in a 1-0, 10-inning win over the Padres in 1995. He allowed a hit in the 10th.
Martinez left the Sox after their 2004 title and curse-breaking season for the Mets. He contributed to a brief revival in New York, before joining the Phillies mid-season in 2009 and helping them back to the World Series for a second straight season.
A sure hall of famer and one of the best to ever throw a baseball, Martinez will certainly be missed on the field. His work off the field will continue however and that may be a legacy that is just as great.