If you haven't done so, you owe it to yourself to do it as soon as you finish reading this post. Use this link bbref to visit baseball-reference.com, and take a look at the overall numbers put up by Pedro Martinez. More specifically, use it to look at the numbers he put up while wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform from, 1998 to 2004. It won't take you long to realize you are in the presence of true greatness, if you didn't already know that in the first place. In fact, the numbers he put up during his 7-years in Boston, can only be described as "cartoonish."
In 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2004, he led the AL in ERA, posting marks of, 2.07, 1.74, 2.26, and 2.22, respectively, with an ERA+ of over 2.0 in all four years. Two of those years, 1999 and 2000, he reigned supreme as the AL CYA winner, a feat he accomplished 3 times in his career. In 2000 his ERA+ was a mind numbing 291! Incredibly, Petey turned in 6 seasons with a WHIP of under 1.0, and 4 of them came in Boston. In fact, he did it 4-years in a row, 1999-2002. Only the great Walter Johnson with 9, had more. Pedro was so brilliant for 7-years in a Red sox uniform, you could say he earned his doctorate degree in major league pitching. And what a brilliant dissertation:
117-37 (.760 W-L%), 1,683 SO, an ERA of 2.52, an ERA+ of 190, .7 HR/9, 10.9 SO/9, a wins-against-replacement (WAR) of 5+ 6 out of 7-years, and a world Series Championship Ring.
Fast forward to 2013 and to the under achieving, eclectic, rag-tag-bunch, known as the Boston Red Sox rotation. They are all sitting in a waiting room. Enter the attractive, yet slightly arrogant, but always smarmy, nurse, in her pristine white uniform. She utters the six magical words they are all waiting to hear; "Dr. Martinez will see you now."
Well, it obviously isn't going to play out quite like that, but you get the picture. Can "Dr." Martinez diagnose and fix whatever is holding back Jon Lester from reaching his full potential? Can "Dr." Martinez help the sometimes unhittable but mostly inconsistent Clay Buchholz get to the next level? Can "Dr." Martinez convince Felix Doubront that most of his location problems are caused by his shoulder flying open when he loses concentration or gets fatigued? While I have no doubt the overwhelming success Pedro enjoyed as a player can and will translate to his coaching career. I really feel it will be his work with young prospects like Ruby Delarosa, that will pay the biggest dividends. For a farm systems that currently projects very few top of the rotations guys, Pedro's presence could become invaluable. I think the bulk of Pedro's efforts will begin to show up down the road… most likely in a year or two. Not that Pedro is the pitching coach, or the man in charge, or even a policy maker. He doesn't want that responsibility right now. But his style and relaxed manor will instantly permeate the system, having the same overall effect. A style that left little doubt who was in charge when he took the mound. A style that helped make him one of the greatest pitchers of his generation.