Thursday, October 12, 2017
no. 712: jose martinez
Who is the man: Jose Martinez played in the final 19 games of his major league career in 1970.
Can ya dig it: Don't you think the two guys behind Martinez should be facing him? He's the star of the show here!
Right on: This is the second of just two Topps cards of Martinez. The other is in the 1970 Topps set. That card was No. 8, while this is No. 712. It makes me wonder if this is the widest disparity between card numbers for someone who had just two Topps cards.
You see that cat Martinez is a bad mother: Martinez reached the majors after nine years in the minor leagues. He hit .268 as a bench player for the Pirates in 1969.
Shut your mouth: Royals general manager Dayton Moore remembered Martinez fondly after his death in 2014. Moore said during spring training when both Martinez and Moore were with the Braves, Martinez would cook fish late at night and tell stories.
No one understands him but his woman: Martinez worked for 20 years as a special assistant to the general manager with Atlanta. He'd work with getting foreign-born minor leagues acclimated to baseball in the U.S.
(A word about the back): That's interesting. Martinez played third, second and shortstop in 1970, so three different gloves then.