Thursday, January 24, 2013
Pedro back with Sox as assistant to GM
The Boston Red Sox on Thursday announced that former ace Pedro Martinez is returning to the organization as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.
Martinez joins former battery-mate Jason Varitek in that capacity with the team and will help in the development of the team’s pitching prospects.
“We are very excited to have Pedro onboard with us and back in the Red Sox organization,” Cherington said in a news release. “He was one of the game’s 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.”
On Thursday morning, Cherington said both Martinez and Varitek participated in organizational meetings that took place in Boston over the last few days.
Martinez spent seven seasons in Boston (1998-2004), winning two of his three Cy Young awards and a World Series ring during his time with the Red Sox. He went 117-37 (a franchise-best .760 winning percentage) with a 2.52 ERA in his seven seasons with the Red Sox, leading the league in ERA four times in that span.
“I am thrilled to be returning to this organization and to the city I love,” Martinez said in a statement. “Ben Cherington’s 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.”