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Dennis Martínez
Born: May 14, 1955 (1955-05-14) (age 54)
Granada, Nicaragua
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 14, 1976 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1998 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     245-193
Earned run average     3.70
Strikeouts     2,149
Career highlights and awards

José Dennis Martínez Ortiz (born May 14, 1955 in Granada, Nicaragua), better known as Dennis Martínez, was the first Nicaraguan baseball player to play in Major League Baseball. During his career, he was known by the nickname El Presidente (The President).[1]

A right-handed starting pitcher, Martínez played for the Baltimore Orioles (1976-1986), Montreal Expos (1986-1993), Cleveland Indians (1994-1996), Seattle Mariners (1997) and Atlanta Braves (1998).

In his 23-year career, Martínez had a 245-193 won-loss record with 2149 strikeouts, a 3.70 ERA, 30 shutouts, 122 complete games, four saves, and 3999 2/3 innings pitched in 692 games played (562 as starter). He is one of the top Latin American pitchers of all-time. On July 28, 1991, he became the first Latin-born pitcher to throw a perfect game, the 13th in major league history, pitching for the Montreal Expos against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[2]

On September 28, 1993, Martinez won his 100th game for the Expos, becoming one of nine major league pitchers ever with at least 100 wins in both the American and National leagues. Others to do that are Jim Bunning, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Orth, Gaylord Perry, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Cy Young. On September 28, 1995, Martínez was the last man to pitch to the late Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett in a regular-season game. A wild pitch by Martínez broke Puckett's jaw; the following spring during Grapefruit League spring training, Puckett developed glaucoma in his right eye and never played again. It was determined by team doctors that his broken jaw had no impact on his glaucoma. In fact, the pitch hit the left side of Puckett's face while the glaucoma was in Puckett's right eye.

Martínez has the most career victories of any pitcher (245) who never won 20 games in a single season. Milt Pappas, Jerry Reuss and Kenny Rogers are the only other pitchers with more than 200 career victories who have done so.

In his post-playing career, Martinez has worked as a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005 and 2006[3], and currently serves as the pitching coach for the Springfield Cardinals.[4]

The national baseball park in Managua (Nicaragua's capital city), Dennis Martínez National Stadium, was named in his honor.

Martinez runs his own organization, The Dennis Martinez Foundation, to help poor children around the world.



  • 4-time All-Star (1990-1992, 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, 1994-1996)
  • Led league in games started, innings pitched and batters faced (1979)
  • 9-time pitched 220 or more innings in a season (1978-1979, 1982, 1988-1993)
  • 3-time oldest player in the majors (1996-1998)
  • 52nd on 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) with the Montreal Expos[2]

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Preceded by
Steve Stone
American League Wins Champion
(with Steve McCatty, Jack Morris & Pete Vukovich)
Succeeded by
LaMarr Hoyt
Preceded by
Tom Browning
Perfect game pitcher
July 28, 1991
Succeeded by
Kenny Rogers
Preceded by
Danny Darwin
National League ERA Champion
Succeeded by
Bill Swift

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