Carmelo Martínez

Carmelo Martínez Salgado (born July 28, 1960) is a former professional baseball player who has been a member of the Chicago Cubs organization since 1997.[1] He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a first baseman and outfielder, from 1983 to 1991. He also played one season in Japan for the Orix BlueWave in 1992. He is the cousin of Edgar Martínez.

Carmelo Martínez
Left fielder / First baseman
Born: (1960-07-28) July 28, 1960
Dorado, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 22, 1983, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1991, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.245
Home runs108
Runs batted in424
Member of the Caribbean
Baseball Hall of Fame


On August 22, 1983, Martínez hit a home run in his very first major league at-bat for the Cubs. The homer came off Cincinnati's Frank Pastore in the 5th inning at Wrigley Field.

On December 7, 1983, Martínez was traded by the Cubs along with Craig Lefferts and Fritzie Connally to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Scott Sanderson. He and Kevin McReynolds were dubbed the M&M Boys on the 1984 San Diego Padres team that reached the first World Series in franchise history.[2][3][4] Martínez had 66 RBIs, while McReynolds shared the team lead with 20 home runs.[5]

On July 25, 2008, Martínez was involved in a minor league brawl while serving as interim manager of the Chicago Cubs' Single-A affiliate Peoria Chiefs. He approached Donnie Scott, manager of the Dayton Dragons, and engaged in a heated discussion before shoving him, resulting in emptied benches.[6]

Martinez is currently the manager of the Arizona League Cubs.

Prior to the 2019 Caribbean Series, Martínez was named manager of the Cangrejeros de Santurce after his predecessor Ramón Vázquez quit minutes after winning the LBPRC title.[7]

See also


  1. Yellon, Al. Cubs Announce 2017 Minor League Coaching Staffs. December 16, 2016. Accessed October 15, 2017.
  2. Chandler, Bob; Swank, Bill; Swank, William G. (2006). Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 91. ISBN 9781596700246. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  3. Wulf, Steve (April 16, 1984). "The Beast Team In Baseball". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  4. Naiman, Joe; Porter, David (2003). The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 86, 92, 98. ISBN 9781582610580. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  5. Naiman, Porter 2003, p. 90.
  6. "Major-league brawl mars minor-league game --". Archived from the original on 2008-07-28.
  7. "En turno Puerto Rico para la Serie del Caribe del 2020". 27 January 2019.
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