Carmelo Martínez

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Carmelo Martínez
Left fielder / First baseman
Born: (1960-07-28) July 28, 1960 (age 53)
Dorado, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 1983 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1991 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average .245
Home runs 108
Runs batted in 424
Teams
Career highlights and awards
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Martínez and the second or maternal family name is Salgado.

Carmelo Martínez Salgado (born July 28, 1960) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder, from 1983 to 1991. He also played one season in Japan for the Orix BlueWave in 1992. He is the cousin of Edgar Martínez.

Career[edit]

On August 22, 1983, Martinez hit a home run in his very first major league at-bat for the Cubs. The homer came off Cincinnati's Frank Pastore in the 5th inning at Wrigley Field.

On December 7, 1983, Martinez was traded by the Cubs along with Craig Lefferts and Fritz Connally to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Scott Sanderson. He and Kevin McReynolds were dubbed the M&M Boys on the 1984 San Diego Padres team that reached the first World Series in franchise history.[1][2][3] Martinez had 66 RBIs, while McReynolds shared the team lead with 20 home runs.[4]

On July 25, 2008, Martinez was involved in a minor league brawl while serving as interim manager of the Chicago Cubs' Single-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs. Carmelo approached Donnie Scott, manager of the Dayton Dragons and engaged in a heated discussion before shoving him, resulting in emptied benches.[5]

Martinez is currently the Cubs' Latin American field coordinator.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chandler, Bob; Swank, Bill; Swank, William G. (2006). Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 91. ISBN 9781596700246. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wulf, Steve (April 16, 1984). "The Beast Team In Baseball". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Naiman, Joe; Porter, David (2003). The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 86, 92, 98. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Naiman, Porter 2003, p. 90.
  5. ^ [1]

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