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  1. Dennis Martinez finishing his career ONE OUT short of 4,000 innings is one of my all-time favorite baseball factoids. Damn alluring round numbers that don’t actually mean anything.

    As always, great work, David.

    Comment by Scott — May 15, 2013 @ 10:23 am

  2. Newfound appreciation.

    Comment by Dan Rozenson — May 15, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  3. Fans of Dennis Martinez should check out the 1983 film Under Fire, co-written by Ron Shelton.

    Comment by Steven Rubio — May 15, 2013 @ 11:34 am

  4. A post about how under appreciated Dennis Martinez is without showing his stats against Bonds?? A nice Q&A though.

    Comment by Samuel Logue — May 15, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  5. “I tried to eat up his brain as much as I could. I tried to do whatever he did and be a cannibal every four days.”

    whoa. el presidente is a zombie!

    Comment by tyke — May 15, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

  6. “I was facing Mike Morgan, who I had beat the time before in Montreal, 1-0 in 10 innings.”

    Martinez is misremembering a few details, which is not so suprising given that he’s talking about events of 22 years ago. To wit:

    The perfect game was on July 28, 1991. The “time before”, taken literally, would be July 12, when the Dodgers faced the Expos in Montreal, with Morgan and Martinez starting. However, that game ended up 6-5 Expos, with neither starter figuring in the decision.

    Martinez is evidently referencing the game of April 30, when the Expos did beat the Dodgers 1-0 in Montreal, with Morgan & Martinez starting. However, that game went 9 innings, not 10 – Delino DeShields ended it with a home run leading off the bottom of the 9th.

    Comment by NitPickety — May 15, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  7. He could blame race on why he was under appreciated in Baltimore, but he was also a hotheaded, underachieving alcoholic on a team that had 20+ years of success under a no nonsense manager. Anytime a manager (Weaver) blames the lack of potential success of the team on the winnest pitcher of a single decade (Palmer), the bar is set pretty high. May Martinez couldn’t handle the pressure

    Comment by Dave in GB — May 15, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  8. Love it as always, David, and would love to see one with Greg Maddux someday.

    Comment by Ben — May 15, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  9. You’re one of the best! And will always be remembered in Montreal!

    Comment by Expos RIP — May 15, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

  10. He is the most successful pitcher at neutralizing Barry Bonds, Carlton Fisk, Andre Dawson, and Tony Gwynn.

    Comment by Paul — November 25, 2013 @ 3:04 am

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