Marty Martínez

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1971 Topps #602 Marty Martinez

Orlando Martinez Oliva

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Just a wonderful, happy guy. - Chuck Cottier, speaking about Marty Martinez

Marty Martinez was originally signed by Washington Senators scout Joe Cambria as an amateur free agent in 1960. He played parts of seven seasons in the majors but never hit a big league homer. However, during his big league career, he played seven of the nine positions (he did not see time in center field and right field).

After his playing days ended, Martinez spent many years in the Seattle Mariners organization as a scout, minor league manager, and coach. He also served as the Mariners' interim manager in 1986 for one game, which the team lost. It came after Chuck Cottier was fired and before the hiring of Dick Williams, on May 8th. As a scout, he was responsible for signing Edgar Martinez and Omar Vizquel.

Born in Cuba, in later years he maintained homes in the Dominican Republic and in Oklahoma.

Martinez died of a heart attack in 2007 at age 65.

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1975 Pittsfield Rangers Eastern League 19-33 6th Texas Rangers replaced Jackie Moore (40-40)
1976 San Antonio Brewers Texas League 63-71 5th Texas Rangers
1977 Tulsa Drillers Texas League 66-62 3rd Texas Rangers Lost in 1st round
1978 Tulsa Drillers Texas League 57-78 6th Texas Rangers
1980 Wausau Timbers Midwest League 57-82 8th Co-op
1986 Seattle Mariners American League 0-1 -- Seattle Mariners interim between Chuck Cottier (9-19) and Dick Williams on May 8
1988 Calgary Cannons Pacific Coast League 24-28 5th Seattle Mariners replaced Bill Plummer (44-46) on July 14
1993 AZL Mariners Arizona League 18-36 8th Seattle Mariners none
1994 AZL Mariners Arizona League 21-35 8th Seattle Mariners none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joseph Gerard: "Orlando 'Marty' Martinez", in Chip Greene, ed.: Mustaches and Mayhem, Charlie O's Three-Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics 1972-74, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 259-262. ISBN 978-1-943816-07-1
  • Joseph Gerard: "Orlando "Marty" Martínez", in Steve West and Bill Nowlin, eds.: The Team That Couldn't Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2019, pp. 157-160. ISBN 978-1-943816-93-4

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