Dámaso Marte

Dámaso Marte Saviñón (born February 14, 1975) is a Dominican former professional baseball relief pitcher.[1] He played for the Seattle Mariners (1999), Pittsburgh Pirates (2001, 20062008), Chicago White Sox (20022005), and New York Yankees (20082011).[2]

Dámaso Marte
Marte with the New York Yankees
Born: (1975-02-14) February 14, 1975
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 30, 1999, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
July 7, 2010, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record23–27
Earned run average3.48
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Seattle Mariners

Marte was signed as an amateur free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1992. He made his major league debut on June 30, 1999 during a 14–5 loss against the Oakland Athletics, allowing three earned runs in an inning of work.[3]

Pittsburgh Pirates

On November 16, 2000, Marte signed with the New York Yankees,[4] but was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 13, 2001, for Enrique Wilson.[5] In his Pirates debut, he hurled three innings of one-hit ball against the Montreal Expos.[6] He went on to throw 14 innings in which he only allowed one run and struck out a career-high five batters against the Cincinnati Reds.

Chicago White Sox

On March 27, 2002, Marte along with Edwin Yan were traded to the Chicago White Sox for Matt Guerrier.[7] In 2003, he enjoyed his most successful big league season, where he went 4–2 with a 1.58 ERA in 79.7 innings pitched where he struck out a career high 87 batters. He continued his success in 2004 when he held opposing batters to a .217 batting average and left-handed batters to an average of .143. He also matched his career high for strikeouts in a game with 5 against the Florida Marlins.

A notable achievement for him was being the winning pitcher in the longest game in World Series history, Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. In that game, he tossed 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out three batters in the 14 inning win over the Houston Astros. The White Sox would then win the World Series against the Astros in 4 games.

Second stint with Pirates

On December 8, 2005, the White Sox traded Marte back to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Rob Mackowiak.[8] Marte made three relief appearances in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic in 2006. Come the regular season, he went on to struggle a bit in where he lost seven straight games as a reliever but still averaged 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. In 2007, he enjoyed some success where he held left-handed batters to a .094 batting average. He also did not allow a hit in 32 consecutive at-bats against left-handers which happened to be the longest streak of consecutive hitless at-bats by a left-handed batter against any pitcher in the MLB. For a stint, after an injury to Matt Capps, Marte was the Pirates closing pitcher, and was fairly successful. During his stint as closer, he was traded to the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees

On July 26, 2008, Marte and Xavier Nady were traded to the Yankees in exchange for José Tábata, Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen.[9] In his Yankees debut, he relieved José Veras (for only one batter), and faced David Ortiz, who struck out swinging.[10]

Following the 2008 season, the Yankees declined Marte's option. However, the Yankees then re-signed him to a new three-year deal with an option for a fourth.[4]

Following a disappointing regular season in which Marté posted an ERA of 9.45, he delivered an extraordinary performance for the Yankees in the playoffs. After a shaky first outing in Game 2 of the 2009 American League Division Series, in which he surrendered two consecutive singles to the Minnesota Twins before being relieved, Marte retired all twelve of the remaining batters he faced during the postseason. During Game 6 of the 2009 World Series, Marte faced Philadelphia Phillies stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, striking out both of them on the minimum six pitches. Marte and the Yankees went on to win Game 6, clinching the Series for the team's 27th championship.[11]

Marte missed much of the 2010 season due to left arm inflammation. He underwent left shoulder surgery late in the 2010 season and was knocked out for the entire 2011 season.[12] In late June, Marte started to play catch in his journey to recovery.[13] He became a free agent at the end of the 2011 season after the Yankees declined his 2012 option and paid him a $250,000 buyout.[14]

Children's Foundation

Marte supports a children's foundation in his name.[15]


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  2. Baseball Guide: The Ultimate Baseball Almanac Sporting News 2006 Page 217 "White Sox traded LHP Dámaso Marte to the Pirates for IF/OF Rob Mackowiak. Dodgers traded OF Milton Bradley and IF Antonio Perez to the Athletics for OF Andre Ethier. Cardinals signed LHP Ricardo Rincón."
  3. "Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Box Score, June 30, 1999". Baseball-Reference.com. June 30, 1999. Archived from the original on 2008-01-29. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  4. "Yankees sign LHP Damaso Marte to a three-year contract with a club option for 2012". New York Yankees. MLB.com. November 12, 2008. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2011.
  5. Dvorchak, Robert (June 14, 2001). "Pirates trade infielder Enrique Wilson to Yankees for pitcher". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2021-07-09. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  6. "Montreal Expos at Pittsburgh Pirates Box Score, June 24, 2001". Baseball-Reference. June 24, 2001. Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  7. Sullivan, Paul (March 28, 2002). "Deal brings lefty reliever". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  8. "White Sox add Mackowiak, send Marte to Pirates". ESPN. December 8, 2005. Archived from the original on 2021-07-09. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  9. Heyman, Jon (July 26, 2008). "Yanks acquire Nady, Marte from Bucs for 4 minor league prospects". Sports Illustrated. CNN. Archived from the original on July 29, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  10. Ulman, Howard (July 26, 2008). "Pettitte, Cano lead Yanks to 8th straight win". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 3, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  11. Alper, Josh (November 4, 2009). "It's Ours! Yankees Capture 27th World Series Title". NBC New York. Archived from the original on 2020-10-18. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  12. Hoch, Bryan (October 24, 2010). "Marte won't throw until July after surgery". New York Yankees. MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  13. "Yanks' Jeter resumes onfield work after injury". ESPN. Associated Press. June 21, 2011. Archived from the original on 2021-07-09. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  14. Hoch, Bryan (October 19, 2011). "Yankees decline 2012 option on lefty Marte". New York Yankees. MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  15. "Niños de la Fundación "Dámaso Marte" viajan a Washington". Imagenes Dominicanas. July 26, 2012. Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
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