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Fernando Martinez: The 20-Something Disappointment Machine
Posted By Howard Megdal On January 10, 2012 @ 9:16 am In Player moves,Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled
Fangraphs does a good job (link below) running down why it isn’t crazy that the Mets exposed Fernando Martinez to waivers to make room on the 40-man roster for Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston. (Tiny reliever Daniel Herrera also got the waiver treatment.)
Back in 2007, Martinez was the uber-prospect, you may remember. I’d arranged with the Binghamton Mets to spend the day with Martinez. I thought I’d have a chance to get insight into a star just before he took New York by storm.
But the weekend before my day with Fernando, he broke his hand. It was a sad harbinger of things to come.
I saw him many times in the years that followed, but seeing him last spring, in Carlos Beltran’s debut spring game, was shocking just the same. Playing in the same game as the hobbled Beltran, Martinez ran terribly, the result of an arthritic knee. Beltran moved far better that Martinez did.
I hope he finds good health and salvages his career. To me, Martinez gets placed on the shelf next to Alex Escobar. After all, both players spent plenty of time on the shelf.
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