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MWM
05-20-2008, 01:17 PM
I just saw that Pedro mentioned he might retire at the end of this season. If you take a look at the list of pitchers who all could reasonable retire this year, the 2013 class could be the best HOF class we've ever seen. Here's the potential pitchers that ould retire this year:

Maddux
Glavine
Smoltz
Pedro
Randy Johnson

Now I doubt all of them will retire, but it's not unreasonable that each of them could. That would be some ceremony in Cooperstown.

Jpup
05-20-2008, 01:18 PM
I just saw that Pedro mentioned he might retire at the end of this season. If you take a look at the list of pitchers who all could reasonable retire this year, the 2013 class could be the best HOF class we've ever seen. Here's the potential pitchers that ould retire this year:

Maddux
Glavine
Smoltz
Pedro
Randy Johnson

Now I doubt all of them will retire, but it's not unreasonable that each of them could. That would be some ceremony in Cooperstown.

I think you should move that to 2014 because I don't think any of them will retire.

top6
05-20-2008, 01:21 PM
I just saw that Pedro mentioned he might retire at the end of this season. If you take a look at the list of pitchers who all could reasonable retire this year, the 2013 class could be the best HOF class we've ever seen. Here's the potential pitchers that ould retire this year:

Maddux
Glavine
Smoltz
Pedro
Randy Johnson

Now I doubt all of them will retire, but it's not unreasonable that each of them could. That would be some ceremony in Cooperstown.
If that happened, I bet they would not vote Smoltz in. It wouldn't make any sense, but I think he would have to wait until 2014.

That said, at least one of these guys will try a comeback at some point.

Still, if all 5 got in, it would be an amazing ceremony. Bonds will be on his second ballot as well - if he doesn't come back. Maybe in 5 years the opinion on him will soften.

Cyclone792
05-20-2008, 01:24 PM
Maddux, Pedro, and the Unit are all among the 15 greatest pitchers ever too, IMO. That's simply amazing when you think about it.

I do think the Unit will hold out as long as he humanly can to get to win #300. He's at 288 wins now and does have four wins this season. If he turns in a decent, healthy season, he just might get 12 more wins this year considering what type of team Arizona has. If he falls short of 300 but has anything at all left in the tank next season, I'd expect him back.

OnBaseMachine
05-20-2008, 01:24 PM
Randy Johnson needs 12 wins for 300. It's doubtful he reaches that this season so I would expect him to return next season if he's got 295 wins or so.

Unassisted
05-20-2008, 01:26 PM
Clemens might be on that ballot, too, since his recent foibles have probably torpedoed his first-ballot chances.

OnBaseMachine
05-22-2008, 12:41 PM
Pedro says he hopes to pitch two or three more seasons

By Dionisio Soldevilla
ESPNdeportes.com

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The end is near. But not so fast.

Pedro Martinez, who returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his sick father, said Wednesday that he plans to stick around for at least two more seasons.

"I feel great physically and for the record I haven't considered retirement. Retirement would only take place if my arm is badly hurt and if I have to face surgery or something near that nature," Martinez told ESPNdeportes.com while visiting his father, Pablo Jaime, who has a form of brain cancer.

Earlier this week, Martinez told the New York Daily News that he was considering retiring after the current season because of his father's illness. His priority, according to published reports, was to spend more time with his family in the Dominican Republic.

"I have said this before and I'll say it again: I want to pitch at least for two or three more seasons," said the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who inched closer to a return to the New York Mets by throwing 4 1/3 innings in a simulated game Monday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Martinez had planned to rejoin the Mets for a bullpen session Wednesday. However, because of the family matter, he was forced to delay his plans to test his ailing hamstring.

"I'm completing the workouts and doing a great job. My arm feels excellent and the speed is showing, throwing well over the 90 miles-per-hour mark," Martinez said.

Martinez was 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in only five starts last season, returning in September after being sidelined since his October 2006 surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3407766