Ramón Martínez (pitcher)

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Ramón Martínez
Pitcher
Born: (1968-03-22) March 22, 1968 (age 46)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 1988 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 1, 2001 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–loss record 135–88
Earned run average 3.67
Strikeouts 1,427
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Ramón Jaime Martínez (born March 22, 1968, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He won 135 games over a 13-year career, mostly with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the older brother of three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martínez, and is currently a senior advisor in Latin America for the Dodgers.

Baseball career

Los Angeles Dodgers

Martínez was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent on September 1, 1984 and was the youngest player in the National League when he made his major league debut on August 13, 1988 against the San Francisco Giants. He got his first career win on August 29 against the Montreal Expos. He allowed only one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings in a game the Dodgers eventually won in 11 innings.1

He had a breakout season in 1990, when he won 20 games, struck out 18 batters in a game (on June 4), was selected an All-Star, and finished second in strikeouts as well as in the Cy Young Award balloting. He remained a solid pitcher for several years and threw a no-hitter against the Florida Marlins on July 14, 1995. In his no-hitter, the only thing that kept him from a perfect game was a walk to Tommy Gregg with two outs in the 8th inning.

Early in the 1998 season, Martínez suffered a torn rotator cuff and torn cartilage, which was surgically repaired on June 30. The Dodgers did not pick up a $5.6 million option after 1998 and he signed with the Boston Red Sox.

In 11 seasons with the Dodgers, he was 123-77 with a 3.45 ERA and 1,314 strikeouts and was the team's opening day starter five times.

Boston Red Sox

Ramón started the 1999 season in the minor leagues for rehabilitation. He was called up by the Red Sox in August, to pitch again alongside brother Pedro, making four starts for a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.05. Martinez was less successful in 2000, with a record of 10-8 and a 6.03 ERA, and his option for 2001 was not picked up by the Red Sox.

After his two years with the Red Sox, he signed again with the Dodgers, but they released him at the end of spring training. He played briefly with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 before retiring.

Family

Ramón has three brothers, Pedro, Nelson and Jesus.

While he was a starter for the Dodgers, Ramón repeatedly asserted that Pedro was an even better pitcher than he was. Nevertheless, Dodgers management thought Pedro was too small to be successful and traded him away. Pedro went on to win multiple Cy Young Awards with the Expos and Red Sox. Ramón and Pedro were eventually reunited as teammates during Ramón's two years with the Red Sox.2

The youngest brother, Jesus also played professional baseball in the Dodgers farm system. He was briefly called up to the Majors in September, 1996 but never got into a game.3

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tim Belcher
Orel Hershiser
Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day
Starting pitcher

1992
1995–1998
Succeeded by
Orel Hershiser
Kevin Brown
Preceded by
Kenny Rogers
No-hitter pitcher
July 14, 1995
Succeeded by
Al Leiter
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Gregg Jefferies
Youngest Player in the
National League

1988
Succeeded by
Rosario Rodríguez







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