Monday, January 28, 2008

#76 Denny Martinez



Why this card is awesome: Because this is the only card I can think of that features ACTUAL REAL wood paneling, unlike the 1968 and 1987 sets, which feature fake wood paneling.

Cool stat: Two interesting stats about El Presidente: Firstly, he finished 1 out shy of 4000 IP. Secondly, he went through a really weird period from 1983 to 1986, where he pitched very consistently, but also very poorly. Check it out: 4 straight years with an ERA+ between 72 and 79. Luckily for the Expos, they picked him up at the end of that streak, and he ripped off10 years with an ERA+ over 100 after that (though not all for Montreal.)

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8 comments:

Geoff Young said...

In this case, "really weird period" is also known as "recovery from alcoholism." He sure made a great comeback.

Jeff said...

14 wins were enough to lead the AL in 1991. Outstanding!

621 until Lombardozzi

Andy said...

Assuming that alcoholism had something to do with his 1983-1986 period, it's still very strange how consistent he was. (Bad, yes, but still very consistently bad.)

Wax Heaven said...

Let's not forget he ended Kirby Puckett's career...

Andy said...

Damn, I HAD forgotten that. here's a list of Puckett's PAs from his last season, indeed ending on a HBP from Martinez.

Geoff Young said...

By his own admission, alcoholism (and recovery) had plenty to do with it. Martinez also had a similar period of eerie consistency from 1978 to 1981, albeit at a higher level.

Glaucoma, a genetic condition, ended Puckett's career. Martinez threw the last pitch.

Luke said...

I think this photo was taken in somebody's rec room, maybe Tim Wallach or Hubie Brooks. Looks as if he's saying "Andres may be a Big Cat, but he's no master at Atari!

Andy said...

That got a chuckle out of me, Luke :)