Dennis Martinez became the first Nicaraguan-born player to reach the majors in 1976, and when he walked away from the game twenty-three years later, he did so as the winningest Latino pitcher in big league history, a full two victories ahead of his childhood hero, Juan Marichal.
Martinez overcame alcoholism to become one of the game’s best pitchers in the late 1980s and ’90s en route to four All-Star appearances after his 35th birthday and on one brilliant July afternoon in 1991, Martinez basked in immortality with a perfect game before Dave Van Horne, Vin Scully and the entire baseball world.
On Monday morning, Martinez took a few moments to speak with Bugs & Cranks about what Montreal means to him, Tim Raines and the Hall of Fame, the impact Roberto Clemente had on his life as well as the effect that Martinez “El perfecto” had on others, and why he would love to be an Expo again.
To you, the loyal and learned B&C reader, we proudly present Jose Dennis (Emelia) Martinez:
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