Pedro Martinez is back!
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington announced on Thursday that Martinez will re-join the organization as a Special Assistant to the General Manager.
We are very excited to have Pedro onboard with us and back in the Red Sox organization, said Cherington. He was one of the games most dominant pitchers and without a doubt a beloved figure in Red Sox history. Similar to former teammate Jason Varitek, who joined the baseball operations staff in September, Pedro will be involved in several areas, including the evaluation, mentorship, and instruction of young players in Spring Training and throughout the season.
In a written statement, Martinez shared in the enthusiasm.
I am thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love, Martinez said. Ben Cheringtons meetings this week have been outstanding. It is an honor to be back with the Red Sox and help in any way I can. I am grateful to our leaders; I believe in them, and I thank them for allowing me to return to the field and help us win again. My heart will always live in Boston.
If Martinez's passion for the game and for the Sox is still where it was years back, then he will be a great addition to the club.
Jason Varitek was also given the title Assistant to the General Manager in September.
From the Sox press release:
During his 18-year major league career, the native of the Dominican Republic went 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts in 2,827.1 innings. His career .687 winning percentage ranks second among modern Major Leaguers (since 1900) behind only Whitey Fords .690 mark (min. 250 decisions). Among pitchers with at least 2,500 career innings in the majors, only Nolan Ryan (.204) has a lower opponent batting average than Martinez (.214).
With the Red Sox, he went 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA. He has the best winning percentage in franchise history (.760, min. 15 decisions). He also tops club records (min. 1,000 innings) with an average of 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings and a .206 opponent batting average. Among Red Sox all-time leaders, he ranks third in strikeouts (1,683), sixth in wins (117), and seventh in ERA.