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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
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