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Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 99 of 1043 players
Pedro Jaime Martinez
Born: October 25, 1971 at Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 5.11 Weight: 180

Pedro Martinez has been the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup 14 times, most recently on July 26, 2015.


First Mets game: April 4, 2005
Last Mets game: September 25, 2008

Winner of National League Cy Young award, 1997. (Montreal Expos)
Winner of American League Cy Young award, 1999, 2000. (Boston Red Sox)

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Won Doney
December 16, 2004
I sure hope this works out. I mean, he's about 6 years younger than Al Leiter, and even though he had an off-year last year, he can still strike a ton of people out. Shea and the DH-less National League should also be kinder to him than Fenway and the AL. After getting people like Roberto Alomar, I've been kind of reluctant to judge a deal before I actually see the person play for the Mets.

Jonathan Stern
December 17, 2004
Agreed, agreed, agreed. And in the press conference, Martinez made many quips against the media. You better pitch well, Pedro. If you don't, the honeymoon will be over the very first time you lash out at the writers and/or the fans.

December 19, 2004
Pedro's obviously a risk, as any long-term deal for an aging pitcher is – but, it's one made with the intention of selling tickets and selling free agents on the idea of the Mets organization. And on that basis alone, the signing of Pedro will be a successful one.

Does anyone really doubt he's got two good years left in him?

It's those third and fourth years that are the questionable ones, and even then I can't see Pedro's talent falling off the table so much that his contract is a hindrance to the team. To make an omelet you have to break a few eggs, and it seems the Mets are finally realizing that.

Mr. Sparkle
December 21, 2004
I'm jumping on the band wagon, why the hell not? I won't say he's a winner, plain and simple, like I did Alomar, but you might as well look at the glass half full. In Pedro's bad year last year he was still better than anyone we had. He's only 33 and should be able to pitch for 3 or 4 more good years. As a Met fan we're mostly gun shy with big time free agents in their mid 30's and for good reason, but Pedro has been a special player and hopefully I won't be trashing him on this page 6 months from now.

January 2, 2005
I don't know, I get the feeling he is an all-star in an "Alomar Sheeps" clothing. Another guy with an all star record and very little class on the downswing of his career coming over here to the Mets without them asking why Boston didn't fight harder to keep him-especially after he helped bring them a championship they were waiting for since 1918. Much like Alomar even though I couldn't stand him I was willing to root for him if he could help my team, and I'll give Pedro the same courtesy, and if I'm wrong and he gives us at least 2 good years I'll be thrilled. I would have rathered they signed Carl Pavano for less money and used more money to land a guy like Carlos Beltran and maybe shore up the bull pen.

Cat from Boston
January 10, 2005
Pedro Martinez 1972 baseball card
As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I just want to wish Pedro well. You were a part of Red Sox Nation for seven years, played a wonderful role in finally bringing a World Series Championship to out team. Good luck with the Mets. I hope they treat you well. I'm sure they will. Best wishes, Pedro, and thank you.

January 11, 2005
I have to agree with Mr. Sparkle and hop the Martinez bandwagon----for now. I will always be in his corner for helping the Bosox humiliate the Yankees with the worst collapse in sports history! But I have trepidation to signing a guy who seems to be on the back "9" of his talent. Hopefully I will be presently surprised. He was funny with the NY media, but I can see why people think he is a jerk. I loved when he threw Popeye Zimmer to the ground----fat old men should not be participating in bench clearing brawls. My biggest concern as a baseball fan is that it seems that all the talented players are jerks-----steroid infested malcontents, but they have talent. It is harder to be a baseball fan than it used to be.

Jim Snedeker
January 13, 2005
Forgive me for being a doubting Thomas, but this brings up two words: Mickey Lolich.

The Mets have always been good at attracting once-big-name ballplayers past their prime, trying to squeeze a year or two more out of them and a few more fans into the ballpark.

I've lived in New England for the past 15 years, and though I'll always be a Met fan at heart, in the past six years found myself rooting more for the Red Sox than the Mets. I don't like what Pedro did to the Sox after the Series; after talking with the Mets, he went to the Sox, and got a better offer; but when it seemed like he was happy and ready to ink pact, he went back to the Mets, got one more year than the Sox were offering, and became a turncoat. Despite having more money than he could ever spend in his life, it's still all about the money. To make matters even more bizzarre, Pedro claims his heart will always be with the Red Sox fans. So why did you leave Fenway then, DOOFUS????

On top of that, Pedro is now going to have to swing a bat. Did you see him in the World Series? He looked like the fat kid in a dodgeball game.

But welcome, Pete. Hope you do well.

Cat from Boston
February 14, 2005
As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I just want to wish Pedro well. You were a part of Red Sox Nation for seven years and played a wonderful role in finally bringing a World Series Championship to our team. Good luck with the Mets. I hope they treat you well. I'm sure they will. Best wishes, Pedro, and thank you.

flushing flash
February 15, 2005
Throughout their history, the Mets have had on their roster the wrong Bob Gibson, the wrong Kevin Brown, the wrong Maddux brother, and two guys named Mike Marshall who were both wrong.

In 1996, the Mets had the wrong Pedro Martinez.

Congratulations to the Mets for finally getting the right player.

April 5, 2005
Mucho amor a ti, Pedro. What a phenomenal debut! He just made one bad pitch and whiffs 12 in six innings? What a joy to finally have a strikeout pitcher again. I haven't been this excited watching a Mets starter since Gooden's heyday. Too bad that *$#^$@&*^$#% Looper blew it for him!!!!

Jonathan Stern
April 11, 2005
Thank you, Pedro, for pitching a complete-game victory yesterday. I was beginning to wonder whether the Mets were ever going to win a game. Thank you also for seemingly establishing yourself as a team leader. Scenes of you chatting with younger players in the dugout and on the field have brought back fond memories of Keith.

It's early, but so far, Martinez has been what the doctor (not Gooden) ordered. My cynical comments above stemmed from years of Mets' (not Bob) Murphy's Law horror-shows. Let's hope the good stuff continues from Pedro.

April 14, 2005
Martinez is going to be a great addition to the Mets. He has nasty stuff, and is quite the character too. And now that he and Piazza have made nice, the team can worry about other things like beating the Braves for the NL East crown.

Mike F
April 17, 2005
Watching Pedro pitch in his Shea debut today, I felt that I stepped into a time machine and went back 20 years to 1985 and was seeing Doc Gooden pitch. Pedro was that good, and the Stadium was that electric. Every time Pedro had 2 strikes on a hitter, you knew strike 3 was coming! 55,000 fans were screaming and cheering for Pedro from the get-go and you know Pedro loved every minute of it. This is the strike-out power pitcher we have lacked for years. After the game Pedro was quoted as saying "I'm very glad I signed to pitch here and I'm able to give the fans what they expected." I think I can speak for all Mets fans when I say, Pedro we are glad you signed here too!

April 21, 2005
Watching the fans react to Pedro at the home opener, giving him a minute-long standing ovation, going nuts when he was on Diamondvision during the sign delay, seeing him laughing and pointing and dancing to music, and generally enjoying himself at all times... If he continues to be successful here in New York, he's going to be a Rock Star.

May 4, 2005
Not only the best pitcher in baseball but the smartest, too. When he doesn't have his fastball he dominates with his offspeed stuff. Pedro makes the hitters he faces look like little leaguers. The guy has a chip on his shoulder and charisma to boot. He adds a swagger to the team and gives his teammates confidence. His matchup with Smoltz was one of the best pitching duels in a long long time.

Brian Crigger
May 13, 2005
Well, what can I say. As a life-long Mets fan, I am more than ecstatic about the fact that Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Minaya did the right thing by bringing Pedro to Shea. The most unfortunate thing is that I shall not be there to see it, having moved to Missouri. But I will say this, having Pedro Martinez on the Mets is nothing short of fantastic. The man is a horse, and surely a lock for the Hall of Fame. His Won-Loss record speaks for itself. The Mets shall be here in September, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be in Busch to cheer them on.

Anthony R
June 16, 2005
Not since the early days of Dr. K has a pitcher made a night at Shea a big city event. What a wonderful ride this is. Especially since the Yankees passed him up for the guy who hates cameramen.

Professor G
June 16, 2005
Even if I'm watching live on my DirecTV extra innings package from here in San Diego, I ALWAYS tape his starts, because there's always that chance that something extra special is going to happen. Last night, I was SURE he'd be the one - the first Met to pitch a no-hitter. Well, at least Chris Burke's hit was legitimate. Pedro is an artist on the mound, a virtuoso, with mad charisma and presence. I don't remember ever seeing any pitcher get so locked in that, after 100 pitches, strike out the side - all looking - to end the game. It is so sweet seeing him get all the love from the fans, too. I'll never forget seeing Pedro obviously touched, practically in tears and punching his fist in the air after being greeted in pre-game introductions this year at the home opener.

Mr. Sparkle
November 23, 2005
He was awesome this year. He was exciting to watch every time out. He was a character and loved playing in NY and the fans ate it up. He pitched well enough to have 20 wins but of the course the Mets didn't always score a lot for him. I remember a game late in the year where Pedro had a no-hitter through five innings but had walked 4 or 5. His pitch count was pretty high at that point of the game. The announcer (forget who is was) said that he was not pitching well for Pedro that night. HE HAD A NO HITTER GOING!! Sure he was throwing a lot of pitches but he hadn't given up a hit. He finally gave one up in the 6th but only Pedro could pitch 5 no hit innings and can be criticized for not pitching a good game. He's been great and I'm very happy the Mets got him. He didn't pitch quite that well down the stretch but was still solid and did not break down physically like everyone said he would. I can't wait for next year.

David Klein
April 28, 2006
Pedro's not only one of the best pitchers in baseball he's the smartest. Pedro now longer blows fast at 95 mph by guy now he fools 'em with breaking stuff, and will sneak a fastball by 'em.

chris kelly
May 3, 2006
The way he's pitching this year with a bad toe there may be other pitchers in baseball looking to mess up their toes just to compete with his success.

David Klein
June 30, 2006
Has really struggled since hurting his hip vs the Marlins. That start vs the Red Sox was about as ugly as it gets.

David Klein
August 10, 2006
Other than his first inning off of the DL has been pretty unhittable. Pedro's looked refreshed after his one month DL stint. Hopefully less innings during the season means more quality innings in the playoffs.

August 10, 2006
Great pitcher and classy guy as he showed by tipping his cap to Piazza. Pedro's looked great in his three starts since returning keep it up Petey!

Jamey Bumbalo
September 17, 2006
Living in Maine, I get a ton of exposure to the Red Sox, so I've followed Martinez over the last several years. My opinion is that, as of the Mets signing him, he had a couple decent years left, with the proviso (which I thought was a pretty big if) that he could stay healthy. He was fine in 2005. This year the chickens have come home to roost, as Pedro has suffered various injuries since before spring training. I hope I'm wrong, but I think he's more or less finished as a star. Interestingly, I just finished reading Mickey McDermott's autobiography (published, I'm pretty sure, in 2003), and just about the only current player he commented on was Martinez, and he predicted injuries ending his career.

September 28, 2006
If I was running the Mets, Pedro would not start a game in the playoffs and I would seriously consider not putting him on the playoff roster. I feared that when the Mets signed him he would only be effective for the first 2 years. I was wrong---he lasted 1.5 years.

Joe Figliola
October 11, 2007
I'm somewhat surprised that I did not see any comments concerning his Sept. '07 return; so I'll take the leadoff spot and say it was well worth the wait. Magnificent! Even the one defeat Pedro experienced was a bulldog effort to try and keep the team's first place hopes afloat.

I was also fortunate to see him pitch (and win) in person in '07 against the Astros. Two highlights from that game stick out in my mind. The first was on the mound, when he had the chance to join Derek Wallace as the only Mets pitchers to strike out four batters in one inning (he wound up with three). The second was that rousing double he hit. Anything positive that Pedro does at the plate is always welcome.

Barring any unforeseen injuries, it's going to be fun to watch Pedro pitch a full 2008 season. I also hope he retires a Met.

Feat Fan
October 13, 2007
I appreciate Joe's last post about PEDRO. However, those handful of starts did not convince me. The days of 19-5 are over. If we can get 25 starts and 12 wins from him in 08, it will be a lot. This club has some severe gaps in the rotation.

Mets fan in Maine
October 13, 2007
It was a pleasant surprise that Martinez was able to pitch this year, and even better that he pitched so well. Let's hope he has a full and productive season in 2008.

Gets by Buckner
April 2, 2008
Pedro got hurt again last night vs. the Florida Fish. Is it me or is this guy shades of Frank Viola, Mickey Lolich & Brett Saberhagen all rolled into one? I am really rooting for Pedro to do well so we as Met fans can stick it to the Yankee fans!

April 3, 2008
Pedro is injured again--big surprise. He has heart, but he is unreliable due to injuries. I'm afraid the Mets were fools to count on Pedro for much; any wins from him will be a bonus. Pedro is just one of several Mets who are over the hill and/or injury prone (Delgado, Alou, El Duque, Castillo) and from whom too much is expected. The Mets are no better than a second- or third-place team.

Mr. Sparkle
September 21, 2008
This guy is a disaster right now. He was great his first year, average at best his second, very good in his 5 starts down the stretch in 07, and simply lousy in 08. He is our 5th starter and can't get through the first inning without giving up runs. He is done as far as an effective pitcher goes. Some people want to pitch him out of the pen, but since his first inning pitched is always his worst, that definitely will not work. He is a great personality and brought life to the Mets in 05, but he is done now. Too bad.

Kevin C. Delahanty, MD
February 9, 2009
First, no one is talking to him about pitching (in any form or fashion) for their club. Then, it's, "Yes, a few clubs are interested in me."

Next, it's the "Caribbean Classic" wherein Pedro promises he will show the baseball world that he still has what it takes. Then, he's out of the "Classic" due to a sore pitching elbow.

Mr. Martinez, I can only dream of what you've been able to do and what you've done. I would consider myself less than a fan of the game if I did not implore you, now, to end your wonderful career with some dignity.

Steve B.
September 21, 2009
Flat-out, the BEST 5-year pitching stretch EVER!! Forget Koufax!! I love Pedro!!

Shickhaus Franks
January 11, 2015
Congrats to Pedro getting voted into Cooperstown and making history: Being the first ballplayer born in the 1970's to get in (Man, I'm getting old).

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