Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/4/11
Pedro Martinez will soon announce his official retirement, according to MLB.com. Pedro Martinez, who put together one of the best four-year stretches as a starter in Major League history, told MLB.com’s Evan Drellich that he’s planning to officially announce his retirement soon. Martinez, 40, last pitched in the Majors in 2009 with the Phillies, making nine starts. “I’m going to [officially announce it], I’m going to do it, but I want to throw a party too,” Martinez said. “I want to make it part of every place that I’m going to be remembered and loved by the fans.” Martinez told MLB.com the itch is still there to play, but he’s enjoying his home life too much. “I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t [play again] in any situation, but I find it very difficult for me to come back,” Martinez said. “Now I have tasted the normal life, life as a family member, being a family man, being a father. You know what? I like it, honestly. I do miss some of the things in baseball, but not all of it
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