Pedro Martinez back with Red Sox in new rolethe associated press | February 19,2013FORT MYERS, Fla. — Pedro Martinez might have been the most popular person in a Red Sox uniform during the team’s morning workout Monday.
The former ace has rejoined the organization that was the beneficiary of most of his glory days as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.
Martinez, who turned 41 in October, has not pitched since 2009, his final season with the Phillies. He last played for the Red Sox in 2004, when he helped them to their first World Series championship in 86 years.
“It’s weird,” he said of putting on the uniform again. “But it feels like the first day to me. I get so excited to just be part of this team and be part of the tradition that we have here.”
Martinez won two of this three Cy Young Awards while with the Red Sox. In his seven seasons in Boston, he went 117-37, a .760 winning percentage, with a 2.52 ERA.
The time was right, he said, to come back. He will be working with the major and minor league pitchers this season and expects to be at Fenway often.
“To be honest, I can’t sit still for so long,” he said. “I have to work. I grew up working.
“Even though my family needs me and I need my family now, I still need some time to actually go away, have a schedule, have something to do and at the same time be where I like to be, which is in the baseball field.”
Martinez said he probably doesn’t want to become a pitching coach or manager.
“I don’t see myself doing 162 games anymore,” he said. “I did for my whole career. And I think if I take part on the field it’s going to be this way.”
Martinez spent part of the workout with right-handed reliever Daniel Bard, who is trying to rebound after a dreadful foray into starting pitching last season, and lefty Felix Doubront, the youngest member of Boston’s projected rotation, who has been delayed this spring by a sore shoulder and conditioning issues. Martinez also spent time with right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, whose grandmother worked for Martinez’s family in the Dominican Republic.
“He can relate to every pitcher on some level,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “It’s as much about dealing with pitching in Boston, the standpoint of what adjustments he had to go through. He has the scope of a whole major league career.
“Sharing his experiences and much of the mindset a starting pitcher has to go not only in spring training but also how to manage a full season.
“The biggest thing is the way he was able to adapt throughout his career. Even when his physical power started to tail off at times, he made adjustments and learned to pitch.”
Martinez watched the Red Sox’s abysmal 2012 season and was disappointed by what he saw.
“It’s an empty feeling that you get inside of you because there’s nothing you can do from the front of TV,” he said. “The few games that I stopped to watch at Fenway it was painful to see the chemistry wasn’t there, the team wasn’t doing what they were supposed to.”
Martinez said he would like to stay with the team well into the future as several other former players have done, including Red Sox great Johnny Pesky, who died in September.
“I remember Johnny Pesky hitting fungos in my first year, and I saw him in his last days,” Martinez said. “I’m extremely proud to have seen Johnny Pesky. So I’m hoping to become someone like that.”MORE IN Wire SportsAVONDALE, La. — Justin Rose birdied the final two holes Sunday to win the Zurich Classic. Full StorySAN ANTONIO — Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19... Full StoryLAS VEGAS — The last time Freddie Roach was on the interstate linking Los Angeles with this... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.