Pedro Martinez on his chances for Cooperstown in 2015: ‘I should have a shot’
|02.26.14 at 1:58 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Maybe Pedro Martinez is just playing it close to the vest but asked Wednesday if he thinks he will earn a place in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility in 2015, the former Red Sox ace said he can only hope and wait.
“I’m looking forward to that,” Martinez said. “There’s only so much I can do. As of now, I’m just like you, hoping and waiting to get another chance to make it in back-to-back years, Boston and then the Hall of Fame.
“I think I should have a shot but like I said it’s not up to me and I can only hope and wait.”
Martinez arrived in camp Wednesday after spending time at the Red Sox academy in the Dominican Republic, and immediately began to help pitchers on the back field, watching bullpen sides and offering insight.
“To me, it’s a great honor to actually go into the Red Sox hall of fame,” Martinez said. “I don’t enough words to thank the organization. I’m extremely proud to have been chosen to go into the hall of fame, really happy. I think this once again makes me more of a Bostonian than ever. I keep saying I’m a Bostonian and now, I can’t go away anymore.
“It’s a great honor to go in with two of the guys that symbolize the Red Sox and have done so much for the game and for whole Boston area and the Red Sox. I’m extremely honored to share that moment with them and just happy to be right with them.”
Martinez presents a strong case for Cooperstown as he was a two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star in his seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1998-2004. He won Game 3 of the 2004 World Series as the Red Sox brought home a title to Boston for the first time since 1918.
Martinez is the club’s all-time leader with a .760 (117-37) career winning percentage and 72 10-strikeout games. He was named MVP of the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park when he struck out five of the six batters he faced as the American League starter. That same year, Martinez led the AL with 313 strikeouts and 19 10-strikeout games.
Martinez spoke for over 18 minutes Wednesday outside JetBlue Park as reporters wanted his ever-articulate opinion on his role as special assistant in the organization, working with major and minor league pitchers.
“You guys still think I’m a ballplayer,” Martinez quipped as the press conference began.
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