Pedro Martinez: Mets Ace Matt Harvey Could Become ‘Better Than I Was’


If you believe Pedro Martinez, New York Mets ace Matt Harvey someday will be a Hall of Famer.

Harvey has been dominant this season after missing all of 2014 with Tommy John surgery. The sky is the limit for the 26-year-old right-hander, whom Martinez lauded Wednesday during an interview promoting his new book, “Pedro.”

“I think that he has more talent than I do, and he has better chances to do better than I did,” Martinez said. “Because if 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. Let’s take a step back here and fully assess the situation. Harvey, who has just 41 major league starts under his belt, could become better than a Hall of Fame pitcher who reeled in three Cy Young awards, earned eight All-Star selections and won five ERA crowns while completely dominating hitters during the offensive-driven Steroid Era?

The Mets will take it.

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