Found February 20, 2013 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
Pedro works with Daniel Bard in Ft. Myers When word came out last month that the Red Sox were hiring Pedro Martinez to serve as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington there was a lot of skepticism within Red Sox Nation.  The news broke within days of the leaking of excerpts from Terry Francona’s new book co-written by Dan Shaughnessy that cast a negative light on the Red Sox ownership.  Many said it was a face-saving move by the club but if they had been paying attention they’d have known that Pedro himself had talked about returning to the Red Sox as early as early December at David Ortiz’s golf tournament.  And if they were paying attention they’d also know that Pedro Martinez didn’t come back just to get an easy pay check. Say what you will about Pedro Martinez and his diva attitude but one thing you can’t deny is that the guy was a workhorse.  After all you don’t become the most dominant pitcher of your era at 5’11″ and 195 lbs. without working your ass off.  He’s also likely forgotten more about pitching than most of us will ever learn.  And after 3 years away from baseball Pedro has gotten that itch to return and give back to the game that let him accomplish so much in his career.  It was a win-win situation for both Pedro and the Red Sox.  Pedro gets to do what he loves in a place that he loves and the Red Sox get a organizational mentor that they have been lacking for the past several years. Pedro confers with Cherington and Jason Varitek So Pedro Martinez showed up in Fort Myers at the start of spring training to much fan fare.  He was back where he belonged, in a Red Sox uniform.  He has been on the field working with the younger pitchers and sharing his knowledge to anyone willing to listen.  Pedro should be particularly helpful with the young Latin pitchers.  Pedro is basically a baseball deity in his native Dominican and the rest of Latin America.  Guys like Felix Doubront and Franklin Morales should benefit from Pedro’s tutelage if they so choose.  A guy like Daniel Bard can benefit greatly by not just learning the fundamentals of pitching from Pedro but the mental aspect as well.  There is also the interesting case of Rubby De La Rosa, the young fire-balling prospect that the Sox acquired last August in the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.  De la Rosa, a native of the Dominican, had a grandmother who actually worked as a nanny for a young Pedro and Ramon Martinez.  Pedro has known De la Rosa since he was a child and actually taught him how to throw a change-up. You can criticize the Red Sox owners for a lot of things but this hire is not one of them.  As a matter of fact I’d argue this is more of a Cherington move than an ownership one.  He knows the value that a veteran mentor can bring to a young staff, especially with a young coaching staff in place.  Hell, he might even be able to help out the Lackeys and the Lesters of the world as well.  The bottom line is that nothing but good things will come from Pedro being in camp with the Sox.  He’ll likely take a few trips with the team when they are down south and he’ll likely spent a little time up in Boston during the season as well.  He doesn’t have the future aspirations of Jason Varitek but all the same he is very eager to contribute in his role.  Pedro will come and go as he pleases, not too differently than how he was during his playing days, but the wealth of the knowledge that he can give to the next generation may prove to be worth it’s weight in gold. Follow me on Twitter

Your Morning Dump...Where Bard strikes out the side

Matthew West / Boston Herald Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Daniel Bard took to the mound in the season's first spring training game. Did he walk six guys? Did he take out a poor Northeastern player's knee cap with a rouge fastball...

Pedro Martinez: 90% of the batters I hit were intentional

Pitchers like Pedro Martinez don’t miss very often. The former Boston Red Sox ace had as much control as any hurler who has every played the game. That can only mean two things when it comes to hitting a batter with a pitch: either it was a rare miss, or it was intentional. On Monday, Pedro talked about how pitching inside allowed him to have so much success throughout his remarkable...

Daniel Bard takes huge first step

It was this time last year when reliever Daniel Bard was finally making the transition that he was dying for; Bard would be a starting pitcher. Unfortunately for him and the Red Sox, the transition flopped. Bard was 5-6, with a 5.24 ERA, walked 37 batters and hit 8 more; this outweighed his 34 strikeouts. After a 1.2 inning performance against the Blue Jays in which gave up 5 runs...

Pedro Martinez on intentionally hitting batters, teaching how to do it right

It’s great to see Pedro Martinez in a Red Sox uniform again, and on Monday Martinez addressed the media (in full on Red Sox apparel, yes!) regarding a variety of topics including his time in Boston, his new role as a special assistant and his ability to scare the living crap out of opposing batters. According to Martinez 90% of the batters unlucky enough to be on the wrong...

Red Sox’ Offseason Moves Will Make Bullpen Better, But Improved Daniel Bard Could Make Unit Elite

The Red Sox revamped their bullpen, but it’s Daniel Bard who could help anchor the unit despite far less buzz surrounding the right-hander this spring training. Bard’s transition to the rotation last spring was a very polarizing topic, and the experiment obviously failed miserably. A year later, expectations are tempered and Bard is somewhat of an afterthought. The reason is...

Pedro Martinez discusses the "Steroid Era" and his legacy

(Video courtesy of It's clear Pedro Martinez pitched at the height of the “Steroid Era” and, in doing so, dominated the competition. As more information becomes available (both voluntary and involuntary) it sheds light on just how impressive Martinez's run was during his time in Boston. Pedro pitched in the American League (with the designated hitter) and...

Pedro Martinez Imparts Veteran Wisdom Upon Young Red Sox Pitchers in Fort Myers (Video)

When Pedro Martinez says that Red Sox prospect Ruby De La Rosa reminds him of himself at the same age, that’s absolutely something to take notice of. Martinez singled out De La Rosa and Felix Doubront as young Red Sox pitchers who have been hanging around him, asking incessant questions to pick at his his immaculate knowledge of pitching. That’s the kind of influence the Red...

Pedro's number one piece of advice to young players

As part of Pedro Martinez's Boston media tour since rejoining the Red Sox as a special assistant, he was interviewed this morning by Dennis and Callahan. He had lots to say, and I encourage you to check out the recap they put up on  One of the most interesting parts of the interview was when Martinez discussed his signing with the Mets after 2004. The Red Sox had...

Video: '5 from the Fort' with Pedro Martinez

Earlier on Wednesday evening, Boston Red Sox great and special assistant to Ben Cherington, Pedro Martinez, stopped by the CSN New England "The Baseball Show" set to do a 1-on-1 interview with Sean McAdam. After he was done, he stayed around to answer five rapid fire questions from the CSN New England crew. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs...

Video: Pedro Martinez Goes 1-on-1 With Sean McAdam

Former Boston Red Sox great and now special assistant to Ben Cherington, Pedro Martinez, stopped by the CSN New England "The Baseball Show' set to talk with Sean McAdam about his role with the team. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.

Former Phillies Pitcher Pedro Martinez Hit "90 Percent of Batters on Purpose"

Your browser does not support iframes. One of the things that made Martinez so feared throughout his career was his willingness to pitch inside regardless of the situation. It’s a strategy he hopes to see the Red Sox’ pitchers adopt in 2013. “You team them when to do it, how...

Martinez dishes on pitching inside

Pedro Martinez, again part of the Red Sox organization, says that 90 percent of the batters he hit during his nearly two decades as a major league pitcher were plunked on purpose.

Your Morning Dump...Where Pedro plays teacher

Matthew J Lee/Boston Globe Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. For the first time since 2004, we saw Pedro Martinez in Red Sox garb yesterday down in Fort Myers...this time as a teacher. Make no mistake about it: Having Martinez around also...

Pedro back in Boston as assistant

Pedro Martinez might have been the most popular person in a Red Sox uniform during the team's morning workout Monday.,

Pedro Martinez to work with Felix Doubront

When the announcement of Pedro Martinez as a special assistant to the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox occurred my faith in both the management and team was restored. Now that he is being assigned to work with individual players my lost faith in the pitching rotation is being restored. Felix Doubront came to spring training with a sore arm and overweight. Doubront is a crucial...
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