Martinez was a career utility man. In the only season the Dominican played more than
50 games at a single position (75 out of 116 games at shortstop for the Mets in 1974),
he hit .219 with career highs of two HR and 43 RBI. In 1977 with the Dodgers he tied
a NL second base record with five double plays in a game on August 21.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 17, 1972:
Willie Mays, playing CF for the Mets, coaxes a leadoff walk in the first and scores on a triple by Ted Martinez. Sliding home, he knocks the ball out of C John Boccabella's glove and into the dugout, allowing Martinez to score. The Mets beat Montreal, 2-1.