Pedro Martinez on Big Show: ‘Sad’ that potential Hall of Famers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens ‘did something wrong’
|01.24.13 at 11:56 pm ET|
Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez, in an interview on WEEI’s Big Show to discuss his hiring by the Red Sox as a special assistant to the GM, was asked for his reaction to the idea that some of his most dominating contemporaries — players like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa who have been connected to performance-enhancing drugs — were not elected to the Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility.
“It makes me sad to see that such names in baseball did not get elected the way they should have because of different situations that they faced in their careers,” said Martinez. “Those are people that I admired, that I respected, that I competed against and it’s sad that they couldn’t quite see the end of their career finish up the way that everybody expected. At the same time, everybody has to carry the responsibility that they have the best way possible. Everybody is going to be held accountable for the things that we do.
“I respect the way the writers go about their business. My duty was to perform the best way possible. I did it. I did it clean. I’m not saying anybody else did it, because I didn’t see them, but obviously the writers that have the right to vote must have big reasons why they didn’t vote. It’s actually sad for baseball to see that probably some of the biggest players ever in the history of the game could not be elected because they did something wrong.”
Martinez suggested that his incredible career numbers — he went 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA in parts of 18 seasons while recording the best ERA+ (154) in modern big league history — have only grown in stature amidst revelations of steroid use by so many of his prominent opponents.
“It makes me prouder, to have done everything I did in that era. If my numbers were big or looked big in any aspect to anybody, they look even bigger now,” said Martinez, 41. “Why am I away from baseball? My body was starting to give up. I was starting to feel like it was becoming difficult for me to do it. But guess what? I did it the way a normal person would do it. ‘Oh, Pedro, you dropped a couple miles [per hour].’ I know. I’m looking for sources to get outs, but it was clean.
“It was the way it was supposed to happen. Not at the age of 37 or 40, I’m going to pick up to 99 [mph] again,” he continued. “It was the right time to do it. My body hasn’t changed. My body is the same. My body has always been the same. It’s not just that people don’t perceive me as I didn’t do it – I did not do it. There’s a big difference. It’s not that people perceived me – it’s that I did not do it. I never put drugs in my body. Don’t suggest to anybody to do it. I’m pleased with myself – pleased with God first, and I’m pleased with myself – the way I played the game and the integrity I kept for the game. Did I fight? Yes. Did I beanball someone for a teammate? Yes I did. Everything else? No no no.
“I did everything the way it was supposed to be done – the old-school style. That’s how I did it.”
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