Dennis Martínez

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Ortíz.
Dennis Martínez

Martínez in 1980
Born: (1955-05-14) May 14, 1955
Granada, Nicaragua
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1976, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 245–193
Earned run average 3.70
Strikeouts 2,149
Career highlights and awards

José Dennis Martínez Ortíz (born May 14, 1955), nicknamed "El Presidente" (The President),[1] is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.[2] He was the first Nicaraguan baseball player (pitcher or position player) to play in the majors.

Playing career

Martínez pitched for the Baltimore Orioles (19761986), Montreal Expos (19861993), Cleveland Indians (19941996), Seattle Mariners (1997) and Atlanta Braves (1998).

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. During his tenure with the Orioles, he won a World Series with them in 1983 (although he was not on their roster for the series, he did receive a World Series ring).[3][4] On July 28, 1991, Martínez pitched the thirteenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history, pitching for the Montreal Expos against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the first Latin American-born pitcher to pitch a perfect game.[5]

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.

On September 28, 1995, a wild pitch by Martinez broke the jaw of Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. This would be Puckett's last official game of his career, retiring in 1996 due to glaucoma in his right eye, a problem unrelated to Martinez's pitch.

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, Kenny Rogers, and Tim Wakefield are the only other pitchers with at least 200 career victories who have done so. (Of these, Pappas, Reuss and Rogers had pitched no-hitters, with Rogers' also being a perfect game, three years to the day of Martínez's.)

During Martinez' time with the Expos, a variation of the Montreal hot dog topped with cheese and bacon called the Denny Dog was sold at Olympic Stadium.[6]

Post-playing career

Martinez has worked as a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 and 2006,[7] and pitching coach for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League.[8]

On November 5, 2012, the Houston Astros finalized their coaching staff for the 2013 season, naming Martínez as their new bullpen coach. He was fired on October 1, 2013.[9]

Martinez also is manager of the Nicaragua national baseball team, and managed during the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Tournament. The national baseball park in Managua (Nicaragua's capital city), Dennis Martínez National Stadium, was named in his honor.

Martinez runs his own organization, The Dennis Martínez Foundation, to help poor children around the world.

In 2016, Martinez was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.


See also


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tom Browning
Perfect game pitcher
July 28, 1991
Succeeded by
Kenny Rogers
Preceded by
Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, & Gregg Olson
No-hitter pitcher
July 28, 1991
Succeeded by
Wilson Álvarez
Preceded by
Rick Honeycutt
Oldest Player in the
National League

Succeeded by
Gary Gaetti
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