CAP CANA, Dominican Republic — Pedro Martinez is comfortably retired, having turned down all entreaties to pitch again since he lost the final game of the 2009 World Series.
He will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in two years and surely will be elected on the first ballot after what was a brilliant career. That he pitched at the height of what has come to be known as the “Steroids Era” only enhances what Martinez accomplished on the mound.
“I never had a complaint. I don’t have it. I think I did it the best way possible,” he said on Friday. “What would have happened if I had a level playing field? It’s something to be guessed. This is the same body that you saw, except for a couple of more pounds.”
Martinez offered no firm opinion on the Hall of Fame candidacies of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, pointing out they had impressive statistics before “everything exploded.”
“It’s really difficult for me to choose either one. I would have loved to face Roger Clemens when he was Roger Clemens with nothing. I would have loved to face him all the time.
“I was clean. I know I was clean. That’s all I can say. I was out there and they got the best out of me. Beat me or not, that was the best I had, and clean. I wish it were the same way for every one of them.”
Martinez said he often pitched while hurting, particularly at the end of his career.
“In my last years with the Mets, I was pushed too far. I was going too far with the pain. I did it naturally, I rehabbed naturally. I went through struggles a lot naturally. Today I can actually sit back, relax and enjoy the flight because I did it clean and my integrity is right where it belongs.”
Martinez is now devoted to his family and charitable causes. He spoke Friday at an event to promote a celebrity golf tournament hosted by former teammate David Ortiz that raises money for pediatric care.
But when the time is right — and it could be soon — Martinez plans to join the Red Sox front office in some capacity and learn baseball from a new angle.
“That’s what I want to do, I want to be there,” Martinez said. “To get close to Ben Cherington and [Larry] Lucchino, learn a little bit and see if I like the office or if I like more on the field.
“I’m just going to get my feet wet and learn and then decide what I’m really going to do.”
See the Globe tomorrow for more from Pedro, including what he feels was his most special moment in Boston.