Martinez in spring 2007
October 8, 1970 |
Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
|June 24, 1995, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2004, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||51|
Angel Sandy Martínez Martínez (born October 8, 1970) is a retired Major League Baseball catcher. Previously, Martínez played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1995-1997), Chicago Cubs (1998-1999), Florida Marlins (2000), Montreal Expos (2001), Cleveland Indians (2004), and Boston Red Sox (2004). He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.
Martinez was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 1990 and made his Major League Baseball debut on June 24, 1995. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs on December 11, 1997, for minor leaguer Trevor Schaffer. On May 6, 1998, Martinez was catching when Kerry Wood tied the major league record for strikeouts in a 9 inning game. Martinez became a free agent after the 1999 season and signed with the Florida Marlins on December 6, 1999. A free agent at the end of the 2000 season, Martinez signed with the Montreal Expos on November 17, 2000. Martinez played one game for the Expos in 2001 and played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Ottawa Lynx, in 2002. For the 2003 season, Martinez signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but was released in spring training.
On April 8, 2003, he signed with the Kansas City Royals and played for their Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Royals. After being released on June 8, 2003, Martinez signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 20, 2004, but before playing a game for the Pirates, Martinez was traded to the Indians. He spent most of the season with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, playing one game for the Indians major league team. On August 31, 2004, Martinez's contract was purchased by the Boston Red Sox, where he played three games before being granted free agency at the end of the season. On January 15, 2005, he signed with the Detroit Tigers, playing 81 games for their Triple-A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens. On December 14, 2005, Martinez signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, playing 85 games for their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, and becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
On November 16, 2006, Martinez signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but did not play in any games for their organization before being released and signed by the Florida Marlins. Martinez played three games for their Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, and became a free agent at the end of the 2007 season. For the 2008 season Martinez signed with the Orix Buffalos, he played in 125 games batting just .219 but had 29 home runs a career high and 70 rbi.