48. Carmelo Martinez

48. Carmelo Martinez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 28, 1960 in Dorado, P.R.
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 22, 1983
  • Final Game: October 02, 1991
  • Rookie of the Year - 1984
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After appearing in 29 Games with the Chicago Cubs in 1983, Carmelo Martinez was traded to San Diego, who became their starting Leftfielder.

It can be claimed that Martinez's best year in baseball was his first in San Diego.  Finishing sixth in Rookie of the Year voting, Martinez was a Gold Glove contender, leading all National League Leftfielders in Total Zone Runs and Range Factor per Game.  Batting .250 with 122 Hits, Martinez helped San Diego reach the World Series, and it looked like they might have had a star on the rise.

Martinez never built on that rookie year, though his sophomore year did see him have career-highs in Hits (130), Home Runs (21), and RBIs (72).  Injuries piled up early in his career, and Martinez departed after the 1989 Season to Philadelphia as a Free Agent.

As a Padre, Martinez compiled 577 Hits with 82 Home Runs.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the Chicago Cubs with Fritzie Connally and Craig Lefferts as part of a three-team trade. San Diego sent Gary Lucas to the Montreal Expos. Montreal traded Al Newman to San Diego. Montreal sent Scott Sanderson to Chicago 12/7/83.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent by the Philadelphia Phillies 12/1/89.

  • Games Played: 783
  • Notable Statistics:

    286 Runs Scored
    577 Hits
    111 Doubles
    7 Triples                         
    82 Home Runs
    337 RBI
    8 Stolen Bases
    .248/.341/.408 Slash Line
    9.7 bWAR                       

    10 Playoff Games
    1 Run Scored
    6 Hits
    0 Doubles
    0 Triples                        
    0 Home Runs
    0 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .176/.243/.176 Slash Line

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Sacrifice Flies (1984)
    Most Putouts by a Leftfielder (1985)
    Most Assists by a Leftfielder (1985)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Leftfielder (1984)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Leftfielder (1984 & 1988)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Leftfielder (1984 & 1985)

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