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Pedro ponders pitching in '10

Starting pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia

Starting pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets set to pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series. (Credit: Getty)

Had a long talk with Pedro Martinez in the green room before HBO's "Joe Buck Live" Tuesday, and found him to be as intelligent and quirky one-on-one as is in his famously intelligent and quirky news conferences.

He didn't want me to tape his comments, so I'll just paraphrase:

I asked whether he plans to pitch in 2010 and he said he might, but only if the right situation comes along - i.e. what happened with the 2009 Phillies.

Martinez could well follow the Roger Clemens model and wait until a month or two into the season before picking his spot.

He also said he and many other Phillies were under the weather for Game 6 against the Yankees. And that he loves Yankees fans.

I told Martinez about the Decade in Review series Newsday will be starting any day now, and how many of our lists he will turn up on - including the list of top New York sports villains.

He said he was honored.

Speaking of the Red Sox, I was surprised at the amount of attention Peter Gammons' switch from ESPN to MLB Network got Tuesday.

I mean, I certainly respect the guy and his long career, but he's just a reporter and commentator - like me!

Now MLB Network has scheduled a conference call so reporters can ask questions to follow up on reports of it hiring a reporter. Sigh.

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