Martin Hernandez (minors01)
Martin Hernandez Moreno (La Tuna)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 175 lb.
- Born January 30, 1965 in La Tuna, Sinaloa Mexico
- Died September 12, 2012 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico
Pitcher Martin Hernandez played in the minors from 1983-2003.
He began his career in the Mexican League, then pitched in the Pittsburgh Pirates system in 1986 and 1987 before re-embarking on a long career in Mexico. He began his career with the Mexico City Red Devils, pitching for them in 1983 and 1985. He allowed 3 runs in 1 1/3 IP his first year and was 6-7 with a save and a 4.08 ERA the next.
Moving stateside, he pitched for the Prince William Pirates (6-11, 4.51) and Nashua Pirates (1-1, 4.91) in 1986, going 7-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 25 games (23 starts). He tied John Schofield for 4th in the Carolina League in losses. The next year, with the Salem Buccaneers, he was 4-8 with a save and a 5.03 ERA in 19 games (14 starts).
Returning to Mexico, he pitched for the Mexico City Red Devils again. He was 12-7 with a save and a 4.23 ERA in 1988. He was third in the Mexican League with 90 walks, behind Andres Mena and Darren Holmes. In 1989, he fell to 8-13, 5.57 with a WHIP of 1.90. He was 8-3 with a save in the 1989-1990 Mexican Pacific League. He split the summer of 1990 between the Union Laguna Algodoneros and Mexico City (4-4, 4.38). In 1991, he was 2-6 with a 7.82 ERA between Union Laguna and the Olmecas de Tabasco. Hernandez was 14-13 with a 3.47 ERA in a rebound season for the 1992 Monterrey Industriales. He tied for 10th in the LMB in wins.
In 1993, he was 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA for Monterrey. He saw little action with the 1994 Veracruz Aguila (1-3, 5.70). In 1995, he was 11-3 with a 3.62 ERA with the Yucatan Leones. He went 9-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 1996, spent with Yucatan and the Quintana Roo Langosteros. In the winter, he helped the Tomateros de Culiacan win the Mexican Pacific League, going 5-0 in the postseason. He was named league MVP. He was 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in the 1997 Caribbean Series. He had a very good summer with Quintana Roo, going 14-4 with a 2.41 ERA. "La Tuna" tied for fifth in the Mexican League in wins and was 6th in ERA (between Guadencio Aguirre and Felix Tejeda).
Hernandez was 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA for the 1997-1998 Tomateros. The Langosteros became the Cancun Langosteros in 1998 and the veteran righty had a career year (10-6, 2.01). He finished third in the circuit in ERA behind Angel Moreno and Narciso Elvira. He was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA for Cancun and the Saltillo Saraperos in 1999. In 2000, he was 10-8 for Saltillo, but with a 6.20 ERA. After not pitching in 2001, he split 2002 between Veracruz (12 R in 10 IP) and Cancun (6-2, 3.34). He was 3-4 with a 5.56 ERA for Cancun in '03 to wrap up.
He finished his LMB career 125-100 with a 4.13 ERA in 332 games (297 starts),
He died at the age of 47 on September 12, 2012 after battling cancer for several years.