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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 7, 1994
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Former Oriole Dennis Martinez, this baseball-crazed nation's contribution to the major leagues, earned the nickname "El Presidente" from a fellow player more than a decade ago.Now, it looks like he's taking the name seriously.Mr. Martinez, a 17-year veteran pitcher who signed a $9 million, two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians last fall, says he has been offered a chance to run for president of Nicaragua in 1996."They've been mentioning my name as a future candidate, as the man who is supposed to be best for the country," the 38-year-old Mr. Martinez said on a trip to his homeland.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
1980 Record: 100-62 Place: Second in American League East Manager: Earl Weaver Most Valuable Oriole: Al Bumbry Batting leader: Al Bumbry (.318) Home run leader: Eddie Murray (32) RBI leader: Eddie Murray (116) Wins leader: Steve Stone (25) ERA leader: Steve Stone (3.23) Notable: The Orioles reached the 100-win milestone for the second straight year and the fifth time in club history, but they finished second in the American League East behind the New York Yankees.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Evening Sun Staff | December 3, 1990
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Former Orioles righthander Dennis Martinez today signed a three-year contract to remain with Montreal. Terms were not announced at first, but Expos general manager David Dombrowski informed reporters that Martinez's salary would be "more than you're making."A report a few minutes later had Martinez agreeing to $9.2million. Ridiculous? Not really. Martinez, 35, was expected to command even greater riches as one of 16 players eligible to become a new-look free agent.He waived that right as part of his new contract, and the Expowere greatly relieved.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - As is his laid-back Southern Californian nature, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has tried to avoid having the spotlight shine on him. In his start on Tuesday, however, Tillman has a chance to reach a milestone that few Orioles hurlers have touched in the last decade-plus. Tillman has thrown 194 1/3 innings this year and needs just 5 2/3 innings to reach 200 for the season, which would make him the fifth Orioles pitcher to hit that total since 2001.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2005
THEY BOTH WERE 21-year-olds living in a new culture when they made their major league debuts. They both were can't-miss talents, future aces of the Orioles' staff. Then, at age 28, baseball and life collapsed on them. Coming off their worst professional seasons, both were arrested on drunken-driving charges. Sadly, that's where the similarities between Sidney Ponson and Dennis Martinez end. At least for now. Martinez was arrested in November 1983, weeks after being part of the Orioles' last world championship team.
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March 31, 1998
Quiz correction: Yesterday's quiz asked what active major-league pitchers have more career wins than the Orioles' Jimmy Key (180). The correct answer is Dennis Martinez (241), Roger Clemens (213), Dennis Eckersley (193) and Greg Maddux (184).Pub Date: 3/31/98
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May 10, 1998
Giants: Only Boston's Dennis Eckersley (43) and Atlanta's Dennis Martinez (42 1/2 ) are older and have more major-league service time than Danny Darwin.Cubs: Kevin Tapani recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, getting Jeff Kent in the first. The loss ended his four-game winning streak. Sammy Sosa was 0-for-3 with a walk, ending his career-high hitting streak at 14.Phillies: Yesterday's postponement because of rain cost right-hander Ryan Nye a start. The 24-year-old was relegated to the bullpen and manager Terry Francona tabbed Mike Grace to start today's series finale.
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May 27, 1998
Quote: "I still believe we did the right thing at the time."-- Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle after losing the rights to last year's No. 2 draft pick, J. D. Drew.It's a fact: The Atlanta starters in this three-game series -- Denny Neagle, Greg Maddux and Dennis Martinez -- have 503 career wins; Montreal's three scheduled starters have won a total of two.Who's hot: Gary Sheffield is 16-for-36 (.444) with two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs in 10 games for the Dodgers.Who's not: For the third consecutive game, no one on the Reds had more than one hit. The Reds have had back-to-back hits only three times in the past three games.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | July 9, 1991
TORONTO -- It seems inconceivable that a team with the worst earned run average (4.91) in the American League could have three former members of its pitching staff on the National League All-Star team.But such is life for the Baltimore Orioles, who sent Dennis Martinez, Mike Morgan and Pete Harnisch to the other league. Those three would look good in anybody's starting rotation today, yet there were enough valid reasons to justify the decisions to let them go.Martinez was at a point in his career where he needed a fresh start; Morgan's untapped potential was risked for an everyday player (Mike Devereaux)
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By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen and Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1994
If the Orioles cringe at the sound of Dennis Martinez's name, it's no surprise. They are likely still gingerly massaging their egos, battered by the beating the former team member put on them almost two months ago.Martinez made his return appearance in Baltimore on May 6. Ironically, the 10 innings that ensued earned him his first American League win since 1985 as Cleveland prevailed, 4-2.He pitched a three-hitter and served up nine strikeouts before a...
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2005
THEY BOTH WERE 21-year-olds living in a new culture when they made their major league debuts. They both were can't-miss talents, future aces of the Orioles' staff. Then, at age 28, baseball and life collapsed on them. Coming off their worst professional seasons, both were arrested on drunken-driving charges. Sadly, that's where the similarities between Sidney Ponson and Dennis Martinez end. At least for now. Martinez was arrested in November 1983, weeks after being part of the Orioles' last world championship team.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2005
Jim Palmer was busy collecting Cy Young Awards and punching his ticket to baseball's Hall of Fame when Dennis Martinez broke into the majors with the Orioles in 1976. Martinez had a productive career, one that didn't take hold until he left the organization and sought treatment for alcoholism. Palmer was reminded of his former teammate yesterday after learning of Sidney Ponson's early-morning arrest in Baltimore for driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence. Though not stating that Ponson has the same problem that almost ruined Martinez, Palmer worries about the effects alcohol is having on the troubled pitcher.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | August 20, 2002
ON SUNDAY, the Baltimore Orioles inducted Hoyt Wilhelm into their Hall of Fame. Some of us still remember the day Wilhelm no-hit the New York Yankees. It was 1958. The day was overcast. Gus Triandos hit a home run. Billy Gardner, cheek bursting with chewing tobacco, caught the last out. Some of us remember the details because we were still kids back then. To watch a baseball game is to gain entrance to childhood for a few hours at a time. But the ballplayers are about to kill off a whole generation of the young at heart if they go through with their insane talk of a labor strike Aug. 30. What the players don't seem to understand is this: We have other things on our minds now. Not only football games, not only kids returning to school, and terrorist nightmare worries and the fate of our diminishing 401(k)
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May 27, 1998
Quote: "I still believe we did the right thing at the time."-- Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle after losing the rights to last year's No. 2 draft pick, J. D. Drew.It's a fact: The Atlanta starters in this three-game series -- Denny Neagle, Greg Maddux and Dennis Martinez -- have 503 career wins; Montreal's three scheduled starters have won a total of two.Who's hot: Gary Sheffield is 16-for-36 (.444) with two homers, nine RBIs and seven runs in 10 games for the Dodgers.Who's not: For the third consecutive game, no one on the Reds had more than one hit. The Reds have had back-to-back hits only three times in the past three games.
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May 10, 1998
Giants: Only Boston's Dennis Eckersley (43) and Atlanta's Dennis Martinez (42 1/2 ) are older and have more major-league service time than Danny Darwin.Cubs: Kevin Tapani recorded his 1,000th career strikeout, getting Jeff Kent in the first. The loss ended his four-game winning streak. Sammy Sosa was 0-for-3 with a walk, ending his career-high hitting streak at 14.Phillies: Yesterday's postponement because of rain cost right-hander Ryan Nye a start. The 24-year-old was relegated to the bullpen and manager Terry Francona tabbed Mike Grace to start today's series finale.
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March 31, 1998
Quiz correction: Yesterday's quiz asked what active major-league pitchers have more career wins than the Orioles' Jimmy Key (180). The correct answer is Dennis Martinez (241), Roger Clemens (213), Dennis Eckersley (193) and Greg Maddux (184).Pub Date: 3/31/98
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By BUSTER OLNEY and BUSTER OLNEY,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1995
SEATTLE -- The moment when Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove felt sure that the Indians were going to the World Series hit him in the ninth inning last night, when Edgar Martinez swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt for the second out.Hargrove jumped in happiness, and a wave of emotion overwhelmed him. He had played for some of the many horrible Cleveland teams since 1954, the last time the Indians participated in the World Series. He played before tens of thousands of empty seats at Municipal Stadium, in the dark years of the franchise.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | October 23, 1995
ATLANTA -- Nothing like this happened to the Cleveland Indians during the regular season. If a big pitch was required, they got it. A run down in the eighth inning, and they would come back. If they needed a clutch single, somebody would hit a home run.But nothing like this is happening. The Indians, the team that did everything right for five months, is doing everything wrong against the Atlanta Braves, who won Game 2 of the World Series last night, 4-3. Catcher Javy Lopez bashed a mistake thrown by Cleveland veteran Dennis Martinez for a two-run, tie-breaking homer in the sixth inning.
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By BUSTER OLNEY and BUSTER OLNEY,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1995
SEATTLE -- The moment when Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove felt sure that the Indians were going to the World Series hit him in the ninth inning last night, when Edgar Martinez swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt for the second out.Hargrove jumped in happiness, and a wave of emotion overwhelmed him. He had played for some of the many horrible Cleveland teams since 1954, the last time the Indians participated in the World Series. He played before tens of thousands of empty seats at Municipal Stadium, in the dark years of the franchise.
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