- Dennis Martínez
Dennis Martínez Pitcher Born: May 14, 1955
Batted: Right Threw: Right MLB debut September 14, 1976 for the Baltimore Orioles Last MLB appearance September 27, 1998 for the Atlanta Braves Career statistics Win–loss record 245–193 Earned run average 3.70 Strikeouts 2,149 Teams Career highlights and awards
José Dennis Martínez Emilia (born May 14, 1955 in Granada, Nicaragua), nicknamed "El Presidente" (The President), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was the first Nicaraguan baseball player (pitcher or position player) to play in the majors.
During a 23-year baseball career, Martínez compiled 245 wins, 2,149 strikeouts, and a 3.70 earned run average. He is one of the top Latin American pitchers of all-time. On July 28, 1991, Martínez pitched the thirteenth perfect game in baseball history, pitching for the Montreal Expos against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He remains the only Latin American-born pitcher to pitch a perfect game.
On September 28, 1993, Martinez won his 100th game for the Expos, becoming one of nine major league pitchers ever with at least 100 wins in both the American and National leagues. Others to do that are Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Orth, Gaylord Perry, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Cy Young.
Martínez has the most career victories of any pitcher who has never won 20 games in a single season. Milt Pappas, Jerry Reuss, Frank Tanana, Charlie Hough, Chuck Finley, and Kenny Rogers are the only other pitchers with more than 200 career victories who have done so. (Of those, Reuss and Rogers had pitched no-hitters, with Rogers' also being a perfect game three years to the day of Martínez's.)
In his post-playing career, Martinez has worked as a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 and 2006, and currently serves as the pitching coach for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League.
Martinez runs his own organization, The Dennis Martinez Foundation, to help poor children around the world.
- 4-time All-Star (1990–1992, 1995)
- Twice Top 10 Cy Young Award (1981, 1991)
- Led league in wins (1981)
- Led league in ERA (1991)
- Led league in shutouts (1991)
- 6-time Top 10 in shutouts (1979, 1981, 1990, 1994–1996)
- Led league in games started, innings pitched and batters faced (1979)
- 9-time pitched 220 or more innings in a season (1978–1979, 1982, 1988–1993)
- 3-time oldest player in the majors (1996–1998)
- 52nd on the strikeouts all-time list
- Set record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher (244 - August 9, 1998)
- Pitched the 13th perfect game in baseball history (July 28, 1991) with the Montreal Expos.
July 13th, 1991: Pitched 13th perfect game in Major League Baseball history.
- Pitchers who have thrown a perfect game
- Players from Nicaragua in MLB
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
- List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
- List of Montreal Expos Opening Day starting pitchers
- MLB All-Time Hit Batsmen List
- Top 100 strikeout pitchers of all time
- ^ Washburn, Gary. "'El Presidente' happy in new job". Major League Baseball. http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20050220&content_id=946722&vkey=news_bal&fext=.jsp&c_id=bal. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- ^ "Baseball's Perfect Games: Dennis Martinez, Montreal Expos". The BASEBALL Page.com. http://www.thebaseballpage.com/stats/lists_feats/perfect_games.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- ^ baltimore.orioles.mlb.com Martinez sharing his knowledge
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- ^ "Most Popular". CNN. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/gallery/featured/GAL1137746/22/27/index.htm.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Baseball Library
- Baseball Page
- Dennis Martinez Foundation
Awards and achievements Preceded by
American League Wins Champion
(with Steve McCatty, Jack Morris & Pete Vukovich)
Perfect game pitcher
July 28, 1991
Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, & Gregg Olson
July 28, 1991
National League ERA Champion
Major League Baseball pitchers who have pitched a perfect gameLee Richmond · John Montgomery Ward · Cy Young · Addie Joss · Charlie Robertson · Don Larsen · Jim Bunning · Sandy Koufax · Catfish Hunter · Len Barker · Mike Witt · Tom Browning · Dennis Martínez · Kenny Rogers · David Wells · David Cone · Randy Johnson · Mark Buehrle · Dallas Braden · Roy Halladay
Italics denotes post-season perfect game
Cleveland Indians Opening Day starting pitchers
Johnny Allen • Jim Bagby, Jr. • Gary Bell • Bill Bernhard • Bud Black • Fred Blanding • Bert Blyleven • Clint Brown • Tom Candiotti • Fausto Carmona • Bartolo Colón • Stan Coveleski • Dick Donovan • Dennis Eckersley • Bob Feller • Wes Ferrell • Wayne Garland • Mudcat Grant • Mel Harder • Steve Hargan • Otto Hess • Oral Hildebrand • Bill Hoffer • Willis Hudlin • Addie Joss • Cliff Lee • Bob Lemon • Glenn Liebhardt • Dennis Martínez • Sam McDowell • Willie Mitchell • Earl Moore • Guy Morton • Charles Nagy • Gaylord Perry • Jim Perry • Allie Reynolds • C.C. Sabathia • Ken Schrom • Herb Score • Joe Shaute • Sonny Siebert • Al Smith • Dan Spillner • Sherry Smith • Rick Sutcliffe • Greg Swindell • Ralph Terry • Luis Tiant • George Uhle • Rick Waits • Jake Westbrook • Rick Wise • Jaret Wright • Early Wynn
Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starting pitchers
Jeff Ballard • Steve Barber • Mike Boddicker • Hal Brown • Érik Bédard • Storm Davis • Pat Dobson • Scott Erickson • Mike Flanagan • Jeremy Guthrie • Jack Harshman • Pat Hentgen • Billy Hoeft • Connie Johnson • Jimmy Key • Lou Kretlow • Don Larsen • Rodrigo López • Dennis Martínez • Scott McGregor • Dave McNally • Bob Milacki • Kevin Millwood • Mike Mussina • Jim Palmer • Milt Pappas • Tom Phoebus • Sidney Ponson • Dave Schmidt • Steve Stone • Rick Sutcliffe • Jerry Walker • Bill Wight
"Wild Bill" Hagy Award
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