Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TTM Success - Dennis Martinez

I took another look at PastPros, and decided to pay the fee to get Dennis Martinez for my 1987 Topps set.  It was worth the money, as the card came out great!

Martinez (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1976 to 1998 for the Orioles, Expos, Indians, Mariners and Braves.  He had a career record of 245-193 with 2,149 strike outs and a 3.70 ERA.  He led the league in wins in 1981 with 14.  His best finish in the Cy Young voting was 5th, in 1981 and 1991.  He was an All Star 4 times (1990, 1991, 1992 and 1995) and finished 23rd in the AL MVP voting in 1981.

He appeared in 2 World Series, 1979 with the Orioles and 1995 with the Indians, but his teams lost both times.  He missed the 1983 World Series, which the Orioles won.  He appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2004 and received 3.2% of the vote..

I mailed to Martinez on March 19 and got the card back on March 30, for an 11-day TAT.

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