Pedro sets sights on D.R. Winter League
Time, health permitting, righty aims for first stint since 1994-95
Pedro Martinez says he plans on returning to the Dominican Winter League for the first time in 15 years.
The Philadelphia Phillies right-hander told the radio show "Mañana Deportiva" in Santo Domingo that he wants to pitch for his old team, Licey.
"I have in mind pitching for Licey this year," said Martinez. "If I have time and am healthy I'll do it, mainly because this season [in the Majors] has been a short one for me."
According to Licey.com, Martinez still has a locker in the Licey clubhouse at Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo, where he pitched three seasons for the Tigers in the early and mid 90's.
Martinez also said he wants to invite the children of his foundation in the D.R. for free.
"I want Don Pepe [Busto, President of Licey] to open the doors for the kids, because I don't want to charge anyone a cent," Martinez said.
The last time Martinez pitched winter baseball was 1994-95.
"For me it would be a great honor to pitch in front of my countrymen, and for the kids to see me pitch in these last years of my career," said Martinez. "I want the new generations to have a chance to see me on the mound, but [in the Dominican]."
In three years of winter baseball in the D.R., Martinez has a record of 1-1 in five starts.
This year after signing as a free agent with the Phillies at midseason, the veteran is 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA in seven starts, two of which were abbreviated due to rain.
David Venn is the senior editor of LasMayores.com, MLB.com's Spanish Web site. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.