Ramon E. Martinez...he and his wife, Neyzza, have one son, Giancarlo (9/19/06)...graduated from Escuela Superior Catolica High School in Bayamon, PR in 1990...graduated from Vernon Regional Junior College in Texas in 1992...following the 1997 season, hit .297 (58-for-195) with 35 runs scored,
14 doubles, two triples and 19 RBI for San Juan in the Puerto Rican Winter League...batted .290 (42-for-145) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 14 RBI for San Juan in the Puerto Rican Winter League following the 1998 season.2007
Veteran infielder appeared in 67 games for the Dodgers, including 29 starts, while playing all four infield positions
Posted 25 hits and 27 RBI on the season, becoming just the 25th player since 1871 to have more RBI in a season than hits, according to retrosheet.org...the last players to accomplish that feat were Frank Thomas (26, 23) and Keith Ginter (25, 22) in 2005...only one other Dodger appears on that list, as Billy Ashley had 22 hits and 25 RBI in 1996 (min. 20 RBI)
Drove in a run in six consecutive games in which he played from Aug. 19-27, tying Matt Kemp for the Dodgers'season high
Started in place of Jeff Kent on Aug. 19 and went 2-for-4, including the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning...drove in a season-high three runs that afternoon
Walked and scored the winning run on May 27 vs. Chicago when Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 11th inning
Activated from the disabled list on July 8 after going on June 8 with a sore back...in six games for the 51s, batted .357 (5-for-14) with six runs, four walks, a double and two RBI
Went 2-for-4 in back-to-back games on July 31 and Aug. 1 against the Giants while Jeff Kent was injured
Went 1-for-3 with two RBI on Aug. 9 at Cincinnati
Made just one error in 36 games at second base and one error in 17 games at third base...posted a .985 fielding percentage for the season2006Came to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee after signing a Minor League contract on Feb. 28, and was the only NRI to crack the Opening Day roster, but one of seven who eventually played for the team during the season. Appeared in 82 games for the Dodgers, batting .278 with two homers and 24 RBIs. Made 27 starts at second base, five at third, three at shortstop and one in right field. Also played one game at first base. Batted .339 (19-for-56) with runners in scoring position and .364 with RISP and two outs. Was 12-for-28 (.429) in close and late situations. Had a career-high five RBIs on May 29 at Atlanta, slugging a three-run homer and two run-scoring singles. In the month of May, batted .452 (14-for-31) with a homer and eight RBIs, and before the All-Star break, batted .328 (40-for-122) with 20 RBIs in 54 games. Made his Dodger debut on April 5 at second base and went 1-for-3 when Jeff Kent was forced from the game after getting hit in the triceps muscle. Has appeared in the postseason four times (2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006), including reaching the World Series with the 2002 Giants. He was 1-for-3 with a double in the playoffs.2005Split time between the Detroit and Philadelphia organizations in 2005 ... Played in 52 games combined with the Tigers and Phillies and hit .277 with a home run and 14 RBI ... Appeared at all four infield positions: shortstop (15 games), first base (12 games), second base (five games) and third base (four games) ... Batted .323 (10-for-31) with runners in scoring position.2004Martinez appeared in 73 games at shortstop (57 starts), 23 games at third and 17 at second. He was 2-for-11 as a pinch-hitter. The versatile infielder was sidelined from Sept. 18 to the end of the season because of a strained left groin. On June 15 against Houston, he homered and hit the game-winning two-out, two-run single in the ninth.2003Ramon appeared in 108 games
during his first season with the
Cubs and hit .283 with 3 homers
and 34 RBI.
saw action in 42 games
at second base (33 starts), 37
games at third base (22 starts),
32 games at
shortstop (18 starts) and 2
games at first base.
in his 73 starts, he
batted .285 (74-260) with 12
doubles, 3 homers and 29 RBI.
from August 2 through
the end of the season (37
games), he batted .303 (36-119).
of his 34 RBI, 8 came
via the sacrifice fly route.
made his Cubs debut as a
defensive replacement at second
base Opening Day (March 31) at
New York ...made his first Cubs
start April 2 at New York and
recorded his first hit with the
club - a single off Al Leiter.
hit his first homer with
the Cubs May 4 vs. Colorado - a
7th-inning game-tying shot off
Todd Jones in a contest the club
eventually won 5-4.
had the second 4-hit
game of his big league career
May 23 at Houston, going 4-for-4
with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.
recorded the third
7-game hitting streak of his big
league career August 2-August 9
2002Ramon played in 72 regular-season games for San Francisco, including 44 starts, and hit .271 with 10 doubles, 4 homers and 25 RBI ... also saw action in 5 playoff games -- including a pair of World Series appearances.
hit .415 with runners in scoring position (17-41) with 23 RBI.
appeared in 40 games at shortstop (28 starts), 17 games at second base (10 starts), 4 games at first base (4 starts), 3 games in leftfield (2 starts) and 2 games at third base ... committed 8 errors in 227 total chances.
batted .270 in his starts with 21 runs scored and 17 RBI.
saw his first major league outfield action July 25 vs. St. Louis, playing 6.0 innings in leftfield after Tsuyoshi Shinjo exited the game with an injury ... due to injuries to Barry Bonds and Reggie Sanders, he then started the Giants' next 2 games in leftfield -- and had a career-high 4 RBI in the July 26 affair against Los Angeles.
made his first career start at first base June 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
tied a Giants club record by recording 3 doubles August 16 at Florida ... also had a 3-hit contest July 22 vs. St. Louis.
suffered a concussion May 31 vs. Colorado when a thrown ball from first baseman J.T. Snow hit him in the head (after the throw was deflected by second baseman Jeff Kent) ... was on the disabled list June 1-June 16.
prior to the injury, he had started 10 straight games at shortstop in place of the injured Rich Aurilia -- and had batted .286.
2001Ramon saw his most extensive big league action, appearing in 128 games for the Giants and batting .253 with 5 homers and 37 RBI.
started 105 games (63 at third base, 26 at second, 16 at shortstop) -- including 96 of San Francisco's final 113 contests.
had his first M.L. 4-hit game April 13 at Milwaukee, going 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
was one of the club's top batters down the stretch, hitting .333 over his final 21 games (21-63).
had 6 multi-hit efforts over a 9-start stretch September 5-September 24.
hit .305 with runners in scoring position (25-82).
2000Batted .302 with 6 homers and 25 RBI in 88 games ... appeared in 44 games at shortstop (23 starts), 32 games at second base (15 starts), 2 games at third base and 2 games at first base.
made just 1 error in 196 total chances (July 4 vs. Colorado).
during a 5-game stretch filling in at shortstop for the injured Rich Aurilia May 31-June 5, he went
8-for-20 with 8 RBI and 5 runs scored.
in the June 4 affair at Oakland, he went
3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 3 runs scored.
played in 2 games of the Division Series against New York, going 2-for-6 ... started Game 2 at second base, then went 2-for-3 in a 13-inning Game 3 after entering the affair as a defensive replacement.
1999Bounced between the Giants and Fresno (AAA), seeing action in 61 big league games and 29 Triple-A affairs ... had three stints in the majors -- including his first appearance on a big league Opening Day roster.
with the Giants, he hit .264 with 5 homers and 19 RBI ... in his first start of the season April 15 vs. Houston, he went 3-for-4 with his first M.L. homer -- a 2-run shot off Doug Henry.
appeared in 18 consecutive games from July 31-August 20, going 20-for-67 (.299) with 4 doubles,
3 homers and 11 RBI.
in the August 20 affair at Milwaukee, he went 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored and a homer ... in that contest, though, he strained his left groin -- which sent him to the disabled list (through September 5).
1998Saw his first big league action during two stints with the Giants (June 20-July 23, September 1 through end of season).
went 3-for-3 in his M.L. debut June 20 vs. San Diego ... was the first Giants batter since Willie McCovey (4 hits on July 30, 1959) to register at least 3 hits in his first M.L. game.
his first hit was a single off Mark Langston.
played in 98 games for Fresno (AAA) and hit .313 with a career-high 14 homers and 59 RBI.
1997Spent most of his first campaign in the Giants' organization as the starting shortstop at Shreveport (AA) ... also appeared in 18 games for Phoenix (AAA).
was a Texas League all-star at Shreveport, batting .319 with 32 doubles, 5 homers and 54 RBI.
hit .281 during a trip to Phoenix June 25-July 19 ... returned to the Triple-A club for the Pacific Coast League playoffs -- and went 12-for-32 with 2 homers and 6 RBI in 7 games.
1996Split his final year in Kansas City's organization between Omaha (AAA) and Wichita (AA).
opened the year at the Triple-A level, batting .253 in 85 games ... was sent to Wichita July 31, where he hit .344 in 26 contests.
1995Led all Texas League second basemen with a .984 fielding percentage at Wichita (AA) ... batted .275 in 103 games with 3 homers and 51 RBI.1994Spent most of the season at Wilmington (A), batting .268 in 90 games -- including 85 appearances at second base ... also had a brief 6-game stint with Rockford (A).1993Played for both Gulf Coast (Rookie) and Wilmington (A) during his first professional campaign, appearing in 61 contests.