Pedro Martinez on the "steroid era" in baseball

Pedro Martinez on the "steroid era" in baseball
February 21, 2013, 10:45 am
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In an era filled with steroid needles, "cream and the clear", and just about every other way to get ahead, one pitcher turned a blind eye.

Pedro Martinez.

The Sox Cy Young winner and future Hall of Famer dominated the big leagues naturally, and in the face of hitters who were juicing.

Some of those same hitters were up for election to the Hall of Fame this season, but all were turned down.

Martinez joined Sean McAdam in Fort Myers for Sports Tonight, where he touched upon those players not elected, and the fact that he will never have to answer to those questions.

"Well I wasn't really surprised because I know that some of those guys that were involved in the steroid scandal were probably going to be punished by the writers," Martinez said. "And the writers had made it clear that they were going to be hard on those guys that were accused and some that were proven to have used the illegal substance."

"I hope that someday they make it because those are people we grew up admiring and I think they did some unbelievable things in baseball."

They did do some unbelievable things, but not much of them were at the expense of Martinez. He feels that his already great statistics are even greater due to the era in which they were achieved in.

"Of course. I believe they do," Martinez said. "If I used to sleep at peace, now I sleep better. Because I know I did it clean. It's funny that you brought that up . . . when 'Pookie' in the clubhouse asked me, 'Pedro, what size pants? What size jersey?' I said, 'It's the same one. It's the exact same.' He was like laughing, like, 'Wow, Poquito you really have the same size, the same everything?' I said, 'Yes, the same everything.'"

Now, Martinez is in camp with the Sox as an assistant, helping out every way he can. He's doing it with a clean conscience, too.

"I'm glad I did it that way, I'm glad I did it clean and I'm glad I can enjoy my body the way it is," he said. "I still look like I can pitch, I don't feel like anything anywhere in my body. I'm extremely proud to have done it clean in an era where you can only imagine if it was level ground at the time I was pitching."