|LOTS OF POWER IN THAT LITHE FRAME.|
|MARTINEZ 1.0 WAS PRETTY DAMN GOOD.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- One-time Dodgers ace Ramon Martinez was the second-best pitcher in his family, but when your younger brother is soon-to-be Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, you can't argue with the pecking order. Big brother still had a fine 14-year career. He won 135 games, was runner-up in the NL Cy Young voting in 1990 and pitched a no-hitter in '95.
- On July 14, 1995, Martinez no-hit the Marlins at Dodger Stadium, and fittingly it came out of the blue. In his previous home start against the Rockies, the right-hander allowed 10 runs and was booed off the mound. He won back the crowd by first tossing 7.2 perfect innings before walking Tommy Gregg. He finished the 7-0 gem with eight strikeouts.
- In '90, Martinez staked his claim as one of the best pitchers in the game by going 20-6 with a 2.92 ERA and 223 strikeouts. He led the majors with 12 complete games and was an All-Star for the first and only time in his career. He finished runner-up to #127 Doug Drabek of the Pirates for NL Cy Young.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Struck out 18 Braves on June 4, 1990, in a 6-0 complete-game three-hitter.
- When Martinez made his debut with the Dodgers in '88, he was the youngest player in the league at age 20.
- Ramon and Pedro pitched together in '93 with the Dodgers and in '99 with the Red Sox.
- Suffered a torn rotator cuff in '98 and never pitched for the Dodgers again.
- The Martinez brothers are fifth all-time in combine victories with 354.