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Encyclopedia > Dennis Martinez

José Dennis Martínez Emilia (born May 14, 1955), better known as Dennis Martínez, was the first baseball player from Nicaragua to play in Major League Baseball. He was born in the city of Granada.

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 innings pitched in 692 games played (562 as starter).


  • 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)
  • 50th in 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)


  • The baseball park in Managua (Nicaragua's capital city) is named Dennis Martínez Stadium.

See also

External links

  • Dennis Martínez at:
    • Baseball Library (http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/M/Martinez_Dennis.stm)
    • Baseball Page (http://www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/martinezdennis/)
    • Baseball Reference (http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martide01.shtml)

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2001 Buffett Award Honoree: Dennis Martinez (452 words)
Dennis Martinez is honored as a finalist for the 2001 Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership in Conservation for his work over the past thirty-two years on indigenous community based ecological and cultural restoration, and for his endeavors in building bridges between Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Western Ecological Science (WES).
Dennis is co-director (with Agnes Pilgrim of Siletz Confederated Tribes) of the Takelma Intertribal Project in southern Oregon.
Dennis is a member of the National Network of Forest Practitioners and the Alliance of Forest Workers and Harvesters, focusing on multi-cultural restoration training workshops.
Dennis Martinez | The BASEBALL Page (652 words)
Martinez was the last of five pitchers that Earl Weaver used in the top of the ninth inning of Game Seven of the 1979 World Series.
Martinez was 19-6 with a 2.37 ERA in games he pitched in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.
Martinez and Scott McGregor both joined the Orioles starting rotation in 1978, in place of Rudy May and Ross Grimsley, both of whom had went to Montreal, one in a trade, the other via free agency.
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