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By JOHN EISENBERG | August 16, 1991
Chito Martinez is a uniform full of first impressions gone wrong. He was born in Belize in Central America and given an Hispanic name, but can't speak Spanish. He is no bigger than your average utility infielder, but has a knack for hitting home runs. He was thought to be no more than Triple A insurance when the Orioles signed him last winter, but has been one of the club's better players since being recalled six weeks ago.He is 25 and comes from the baseball outback of New Orleans, and in his first shot at the major-leagues after more than 750 games and six years in the minors, his numbers -- .333 and eight homers -- support the long-standing and absolute truth that sometimes in baseball a meaningful consensus is as easy to grasp as an amoeba.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 25, 1993
The calendar said June, but the tension felt like September. For most of the night, the Detroit Tigers were one swing away from their first victory at Camden Yards. It didn't happen, but the Orioles can't relax, not with the New York Yankees and Toronto )) Blue Jays next.Chalk up last night's 6-2 victory to the new-found grit of Ben McDonald, the veteran poise of Harold Baines, the clutch play of Mark McLemore and, most of all, the left arm of rookie Brad Pennington. It was only June, only Game No. 71, but suddenly the Orioles look resilient enough to withstand any challenge.
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By Randi Henderson | August 27, 1991
Memorial Stadium fans recognize what a bright spot in an otherwise bleak year looks like: Chito Martinez."Chito-Chito-Chito," they sometimes chant when the rookie right fielder comes to bat -- especially on one of the multihit days he's piling up.As he lopes out to take his position, rowdy cheers rise from the right-field grandstand.It's part of the phenomenon of Chito -- a Belize-born right fielder who once wanted to play tennis but has proved in seven short weeks in the big leagues that he can bat .321 and knock the ball out of the park.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 17, 1993
It could have been a 20,000-fan weekend for the Bowie Baysox, but yesterday's showers cut the party short.After drawing crowds of 6,083 and 8,630 for the first two games of their series with New Britain, the Baysox had an estimated 6,000 people watching them at Memorial Stadium yesterday before the game was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with Bowie leading 3-0.Under Eastern League rules, the game will be played to completion July 1 when New...
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 6, 1991
NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Orioles placed catcher Ernie Whitt on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release yesterday and purchased the contract of power-hitting outfielder Chito Martinez from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings.Whitt batted .242 as a third catcher and left-handed pinch hitter, but the club could no longer justify keeping him on the roster. Martinez was leading the International League with 20 home runs at a time when the Orioles were short on outfield depth.
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July 6, 1991
BaseballBaltimore Orioles -- Placed C Ernie Whitt (.242, 0 HRs, 3 RBI) on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Purchased the contract of OF Chito Martinez (.322, 20 HRs, 50 RBI at Class AAA Rochester). Placed 3B Craig Worthington (right hamstring) on the minor-league DL. Signed IF Mark McLemore (.148, 2 RBI in 21 games for Houston Astros before being released June 25) to a Class AAA contract.California Angels -- Placed P Fernando Valenzuela (0-2, 12.15 ERA) on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
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By Peter Schmuck | August 15, 1991
The Baltimore Orioles have turned almost entirely to the promise of youth, and -- finally -- they are beginning to see some promising results.Rookie right-hander Mike Mussina held the Texas Rangers to three hits over eight innings on the way to his first major-league victory and rookie outfielder Chito Martinez hit two home runs as the Orioles scored a 10-2 victory last night at Memorial Stadium.That's four straight victories and all of them at home for the club that began the week with the worst home record in baseball.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | July 17, 1991
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After seven years, Chito Martinez is finally ,, coming "home" to the stadium he's never seen.This isn't quite the way he had it planned back in 1984, when he signed with Kansas City as a sixth-round draft choice. Martinez figured by this time he would be spraying base hits around Royals Stadium as a member of the home team.Instead, Martinez will make his first appearance in K.C. tonight (8:35, ESPN) when the Orioles open a two-game series against the Royals.After spending seven seasons in the Kansas City organization, and hitting 57 home runs in the last three years, Martinez decided correctly that he didn't figure in the Royals' plans.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | August 20, 1992
Virtually everything went wrong for the Orioles, but manager Johnny Oates found a glimmer of hope despite a wild 10-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners last night at Camden Yards."
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | August 16, 1991
Before getting carried away with this juggernaut, this burning stick of dynamite, this reincarnation of the '27 Yankees, let's turn back the clock for a tiny dose of reality.One day last spring, the Orioles' brass arrived in West Palm Beach, all excited to talk with Montreal officials about a trade for leadoff hitter Otis Nixon.Wouldn't you know it? The Expos had just sent Nixon to Atlanta for catcher Jerry Kremers and a minor-league pitcher. "Just bad fortune," Orioles assistant general manager Doug Melvin says.
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By Kent Baker Red Wings: Now in center | May 9, 1993
Miller gives Baysox power punchIn his first at-bat of the season, Brent Miller hit a home run off the scoreboard at Labatt Park in London, Ontario, carrying the Bowie Baysox to a 5-2 victory."
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By Kent Baker Red Wings: Buford stays hot ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Kent Baker and Kent Baker Red Wings: Buford stays hot ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 2, 1993
For three years, Chuck Ricci pitched in pain that got progressively worse.Doctors were having trouble finding the cause until an arthrogram last July showed some tears in his right arm.So, Ricci went on a five-day therapy program of light weights and work on a Cybex machine that "ended up making my arm as strong as ever."The stiffness is gone and it's nice and loose again. It's like nothing ever happened."Now the results on the field are improving accordingly for Ricci and the Bowie Baysox.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | April 18, 1993
The 1993 season has not been very pretty for the Orioles.Yesterday it turned gruesome, when three runners were tagged out at third base in the same inning -- two on the same play."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | March 24, 1993
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mark Leonard probably won't forget his first experience in an Orioles uniform, but not because of anything that took place on the field.The left-handed hitting outfielder, who was obtained from the San Francisco Giants Saturday for infielder Steve Scarsone, made his debut in a hastily arranged intrasquad game here yesterday. The scheduled exhibition game against the Indians was canceled because of the deaths of Cleveland pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews.It was an uneventful afternoon, with Leonard flying out twice and drawing a walk in his three plate appearances.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | March 21, 1993
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Can Chito Martinez be the Brady Anderson of 1993?Orioles manager Johnny Oates isn't ready to make such a declaration, but he appears on the verge of making a commitment to Martinez similar to the one he made to Anderson a year ago. This means that Martinez, overlooked in the shuffle last year, has first claim on the right-field job.That's the scenario despite the fact that the team added another player to the competition yesterday when...
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | August 27, 1992
When Chito Martinez became the final player to hit a home run at Memorial Stadium last Oct. 5, it wasn't the harbinger he hoped it would be.It was his 13th home run in a half season after being recalled from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, giving him reason to hope the momentum would carry into this season.It didn't.Unable to regain his batting stroke, Martinez shared time with Joe Orsulak and David Segui in right field.Orsulak's bat soon became hot, and when he sprained his left thumb 11 days ago in Kansas City, he was batting .307.
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June 30, 1991
Stadium SamaritanThe 1991 Orioles games have been branded "A Season to Remember." For many Baltimore baseball fans, the final year at Memorial Stadium has been a season to forget.After my last visit to the ballpark, I realized I had lost my wallet. It contained my credit cards, driver's license, checkbook, cash and pictures of my children. I was panic-stricken.I called the Orioles office early the next morning. I described the wallet, and they had it. When my children and I arrived at the stadium, we were greeted by the receptionist, who couldn't have been any nicer.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | May 28, 1992
SEATTLE -- The Orioles can only wonder how good the club might be with an everyday Glenn Davis, but for now they must settle for an occasional flash of his substantial talent.Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs in Tuesday night's 13-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners, raising hope that he was about to re-assert himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. But he was not in the lineup yesterday."He was a little stiff this morning, so I wanted to get him a day off after the night game," manager Johnny Oates said.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | August 20, 1992
Virtually everything went wrong for the Orioles, but manager Johnny Oates found a glimmer of hope despite a wild 10-8 loss to the Seattle Mariners last night at Camden Yards."
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July 19, 1992
Give Martinez, Hulett a chanceI'm tickled to death about the Orioles success this year. However, I cannot help but feel bad about two Orioles who have gotten a raw deal -- Chito Martinez and Tim Hulett (who should be given a chance at second base).Quite simply, Hulett is overall as good as, if not better than, any other Orioles second baseman; but no one would ever know this because every night Hulett has a reserved seat on the bench. The knock on Hulett is that he is somewhat of a defensive liability, but how would anyone know?
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