Hall of Fame pitcher and former Mets ace Pedro Martinez is making the rounds promoting his new book 'Pedro', which was just released today, and the flamethrower had some great things to say about current Mets' ace Matt Harvey. In an interview filmed with Duke Castiglione of Fox 5 New York, Martinez said:
"I think that he has more talent than I do and he has better chances to do better than I did."
"…Because if [Harvey] he goes back to what I did… and it says it in the book… I became a patch of a lot of pitchers that I saw in the big leagues. I took the time to study everybody, pretty much. So I’m expecting Harvey to do the same thing… to study the game, to study the atmosphere around him, to study mechanics…to study all of those things to become the best he could be and the best he could be could be better than I was"
Wow, that is incredibly high praise coming from a pitcher who put up some of the greatest seasons in the history of Major League Baseball during the height of the "Steroid Era". Martinez, whose best years were from 1997-2003 with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, combined to throw 1,408 innings in 199 starts over that timeframe with a 2.20 ERA, a microscopic 0.94 WHIP, and 1,761 strikeouts versus only 315 walks. If Pedro Martinez thinks that Matt Harvey could equal or somehow even better that level of dominance, it's going to be a very fun ride for Mets fans.
To see the clip of Martinez talking about Matt Harvey, click the link to visit the Fox 5 New York website. Castiglione's full interview with Pedro will air in two parts on Fox 5 during Fox Sports Extra. You can catch part one this Sunday evening and part two will air the following Sunday.