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Carlos Martínez (infielder)

Carlos Martínez
First baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1965-08-11)August 11, 1965
La Guaira, Vargas, Venezuela
Died: January 24, 2006(2006-01-24) (aged 40)
La Guaira, Vargas, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1988, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 20, 1995, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .258
Hits  383
Home runs    25
On-base percentage  .293
Slugging  .359
Teams

Carlos Alberto Martínez Escobar (August 11, 1965 – January 24, 2006) was a Venezuelan corner infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and California Angels in all of parts of seven seasons spanning 1988–1995. Listed at 6' 5" (1.98 m), 175 lb. (79 k), he batted and threw right handed.

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Biography

Martínez was born in La Guaira, the capital city of Vargas state, and played his entire career in the Venezuelan Winter League for his home city team Tiburones de La Guaira.

Martínez, affectionately nicknamed ″Café″, was signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent in 1983. During the 1986 midseason, he was sent by New York to the White Sox in the same trade that brought Ron Kittle to the Yankees. Finally, Martínez made his major league debut with Chicago in 1988.

Despite his impressive frame, Martínez never was able to fulfill the potential that he showed in the Minor leagues. His most productive season came in 1989 with the White Sox, when he posted career-highs in average (.300), at-bats (350), hits (105), runs (44) and doubles (22), and also was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

Besides, Martínez also spent playing time as an utility with the Indians and made his last major league appearance with the Angels in 1995. He is perhaps best remembered as the batter who hit the long fly ball which bounced off José Canseco's head for a home run on May 26, 1993.[1]

In a seven-season career, Martínez was a .258 hitter with 25 home runs and 161 RBI in 465 game appearances. Overall, he hit .276 with 50 homers and 310 RBI in 595 minor league games, and was a reinforcement player for the Águilas del Zulia club that won the 1989 Caribbean Series title.

Martínez died in Catia La Mar, Vargas at age 40 after suffering a long illness.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ The Ballplayers - Jose Canseco | BaseballLibrary.com
  2. ^ MLB

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
  • Baseball Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball Gauge
  • Mexican League
  • Retrosheet
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
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