Nov 17

Martinez wants to pitch again ….

Saying he feels rejuvenated, Pedro Martinez said he wants to pitch another season. He emphasized it would be a full season, not like this summer when he joined the moving Phillies bandwagon in midseason.

MARTINEZ: Where will he land?

MARTINEZ: Where will he land?


Martinez’s agent, Fern Cuza, said his client is healthy: “He was feeling no pain whatsoever. It was the first time in three years that he felt that way on the mound. Based on how he played, and how he responded, he’s looking forward to playing next year.”

Martinez played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in spring 2009 and hoped that would convince teams of his health. It did not, and he had to audition before he signed a $1 million, one-year contract with the Phillies. In nine games he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA.

Martinez pitched will in Game 2 of the World Series, but working with the flu, was hit in Game 6.

Jan 29

Mets interested in Pedro

MARTINEZ: One more year?

MARTINEZ: One more year?

I remember talking with Pedro Martinez the last day of the season and him telling me he never felt ready between rehabbing injuries and taking time off to visit his ailing father.

“I don’t want to leave this way,” Martinez told me then. “I didn’t feel right this year. I know I can still pitch.”

Martinez had his moments last season, both good and bad, but a guy with his heart shouldn’t be easily dismissed. If his pride lets him be a fourth or fifth starter, then he’s worth it. Let’s face it, could he be any worse than Freddy Garcia or Tim Redding?

There’s a report out of the Dominican Republic that has Omar Minaya meeting with  Martinez about bringing the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer back for an encore to his four-year, $53 million contract.

Let’s face it, the Mets aren’t set with their rotation. With no assurances they’ll re-sign Oliver Perez, bringing back Martinez in a stop gap role makes sense. He’s not the young stud we’d all like, but there aren’t any guarantees Jon Niese is that guy, either.

Oct 09

Burgos to be jailed while awaiting trial

Burgos: Jailed and awaiting trial. Denies anything happened.

Burgos: Jailed and awaiting trial. Denies anything happened.

Ambiorix Burgos is to be jailed for three months while awaiting trial for a hit-and-run accident that killed two women in the Dominican Republic. Burgos told the Dominican AP he was ordered jailed out of concerns for his safety. That sounds odd to me. I thought it was because he was a flight risk. He did take a week to turn himself in.

Said Burgos: “I am going to come out of this fine because my conscience is clear, and I’m not worried this will affect my career because I haven’t done anything.”

Burgos has an Oct. 23 court date in New York for assaulting his girl friend that he said he’ll attend. Burgos didn’t say when he’ll start throwing off the mound.

Oct 08

REPORT: Burgos surrenders to police.

Burgos: Turns himself into police.

Burgos: Turns himself into police.

Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos turned himself in to police in the Dominican Republic Tuesday night. He had been on the run for a week after a hit-and-run accident that killed two women.

There’s news the mother of 29-year-old Angely Fana – Eudosia Ruane – claims Burgos intentionally ran down her daughter over because she refused to go out with him. She has filed a report charging homicide.

He faces up to two years in prison on the hit-and-run charges. Burgos also faces an unrelated charge of illegal weapon possession. He also has an Oct. 23 court hearing in New York on assault and harassment charges after he allegedly threw his girlfriend to the ground.

Oct 04

Warrant issued for Burgos

An arrest warrant was issued Friday in the Dominican Republic for Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos on charges stemming from a hit-and-run accident that killed two women.

“We recommend that Mr. Burgos turn himself in so we can start the judicial process,” Prosecutor Raul Quiroz said.

Burgos’ SUV struck Josefina Minaya Martinez, 38, and Angely Fana, 29, Tuesday in the town of Nagua, and both died at a hospital. Witnesses placed Burgos behind the wheel, but his cousin Edwin Silvestre Sanchez claimed to be driving. Sanchez was released from police custody Friday.

Quiroz said Burgos had recently been arrested on a charge of illegal weapon possession and released. Burgos was also arrested last month in New York on assault and harassment charges.