21 sept. 2007

Denis Martínez:

Las estadísticas de Denis Martínez en Grandes Ligas (click aquí)

Estamos trabajando para obtener una biografía completa, para mientras les dejo los datos aportados por la Wikipedia en inglés.

José Dennis Martínez Emilia (born May 14, 1955 in Granada, Nicaragua), better known as Dennis Martínez, was the first baseball player from Nicaragua to play in Major League Baseball. During his career, he was known by the nickname El Presidente (The President).[1]

A right-handed starting pitcher, Martínez played for the Baltimore Orioles (1976-86), Montreal Expos (1986-93), Cleveland Indians (1994-96), Seattle Mariners (1997) and Atlanta Braves (1998).

In his 23-year career, Martínez had a 245-193 record with 2149 strikeouts, a 3.70 ERA, 30 shutouts, 122 complete games, four saves, and 3999 2/3 innings pitched in 692 games played (562 as starter). He is one of the top Latin American pitchers of all-time. On July 28, 1991, he became the first Latin-born pitcher to throw a perfect game, the 13th in major league history, against the Dodgers.[2] He currently serves as the pitching coach for the Cardinals.[3]



[edit] Highlights

  • 4-time All-Star (1990-92, 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, 1994-96)
  • Led league in games started, innings pitched and batters faced (1979)
  • 9-time pitched 220 or more innings in a season (1978-79, 1982, 1988-93)
  • 3-time oldest player in the majors (1996-98)
  • 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 major league history (July 28, 1991)

[edit] Facts

  • Is the one of the winningest pitchers in MLB history to never have a 20-Win Season - indeed, he never won more than 16 games in a season during his career.
  • Was the starting pitcher for the Orioles in their 5-4 loss to the Yankees in the first game after the funeral of Yankee Captain Thurman Munson. Martinez did not factor in the decision.[5]
  • Dennis runs his own organization to help poor children around the world. (The Dennis Martinez Foundation).

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