Apr 20, 2011

Game #17: Random Indians Baseball Card of the Day

1998 Willie Martinez Bowman

I remember Willie Martinez because he was supposedly related to Dennis Martinez, the great start for the Indians during the 1995 World Series run.  Therefore, everyone in Cleveland loved that he signed with us as an amateur free agent, since he was destined for greatness.  That greatness came on June 14, 2000 in what was Martinez' only game.  He pitched 3 innings of relief giving up 1 run, 1 hit, and 1 walk.  Since this was as near to perfection as Martinez could get, he decided it would be the only time he ever needed to pitch in big league game and he disappeared from baseball soon thereafter.  Here's to you Willie Martinez 1998 Bowman, because I used one of my very limited card cases on you to prevent damage to your ever valuable rookie card.  At your peak you were worth at least $.25 and I would never dare sell you.

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