Thomas Edgar Martin...he and his wife Tasha have a son, Tyler, and reside in Panama City, Fla...graduated from Bay High School in Panama City, Fla., where he lettered in baseball and soccer...during his senior season, hurled five no-hitters, including back-to-back no-hitters in the state playoffs...also played Little League and American Legion baseball in Panama City.
A non-roster invitee to Rockies camp, Martin ended up spending the entire season in the club's bullpen...went 2-0, 5.07 (60.1 ip, 34 er) in 68 relief appearances for Colorado...had 25 walks against 46 strikeouts...established a career high for innings...46 K's was second-most in a season in his career, while his 68 games was third-most...was one of nine relievers in the majors, and one of four to pitch exclusively in the N.L., to post an ERA above 5.00 while pitching at least 60.0 innings...ranked among team relief leaders in games (2nd), strikeouts (3rd), holds (3rd, 11), and innings (4th)...times entered game: with lead (20), behind (43), tied (5)...allowed 18 of 54 (33.3%) inherited runners to score, lowest figure among Rox relievers...threw 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 13 appearances from June 7-July 9, second-longest streak by a Rockies reliever all season...first batters hit .323 (20-for-62)...did not convert his only save chance...had a 7.28 ERA (29.2 ip, 24 er) in 35 games at Coors Field, but a 2.93 figure (30.2 ip, 10 er) on the road...pitched less than 1.0 inning in 30 of his 68 appearances...tossed season-high 3.0 innings in earning win on June 14 at Washington, also matching his career high for innings in a game...had a 6.98 ERA (19.1 ip, 15 er) over his first 23 games through June 3...compiled 2.08 ERA (30.1 ip, 7 er) over next 30 games from June 7-Aug. 26, dropping season figure to 3.99...beginning Aug. 29, had a 10.13 ERA (10.2 ip, 12 er) over his final 15 outings to finish at 5.07...was added to 40-man roster on April 2 as part of Opening Day roster...posted season-high three K's on April 24 at Philadelphia...did not allow homer until May 12, as Mike Lamb hit a chip shot into the Crawford Boxes in left field...recorded first victory on June 14 at Washington, his first win since Sept. 23, 2003, snapping stretch of 109 appearances without a victory...it had been the longest winless drought among active pitchers...tossed a scoreless eighth inning on June 20 vs. Oakland, teaming with Jason Jennings and Brian Fuentes on the first one-hitter in franchise history...allowed runs in three straight appearances Sept. 20-26, as batters went 6-for-8 with two walks off Martin in that span.
Entered spring training on the Braves' 40-man roster, and made club's Opening Day roster, but made just 4 appearances before he was released on April 15...allowed 5 runs in 2.1 innings over those 4 outings, as opposing batters went 6-for-12 with 2 walks...signed a minor league contract with Houston on April 26 and spent 2 months with the organization's Round Rock (AAA) affiliate...posted no record with a 3.62 ERA (27.1 ip, 11 er) and 5 saves for the Express...posted saves in each of his final 4 outings from June 16-26, including last appearance on June 26 vs. Albuquerque...was released by Houston organization on June 30 as opposing PCL batters hit .308 (33-for-107)...did not pitch the rest of the year.
Appeared in 29 games for Braves (eight holds) after coming over from the Dodgers in a 7/31 trade...Retired 48 of 76 first-batters faced overall and had a combined 12 holds...In 47 games for LA, went 0-1 with one save, five holds and a 4.13 ERA (13 ER/28.1 IP). Retired 26 of 47
first batters for the Dodgers...His last save came 7/8 vs. HOU...Made first Braves appearance 8/1 vs. NY and stranded the tying run at third in the seventh inning...Suffered first Braves loss on 8/10 vs. MIL when he allowed a 10th-inning HR to Chris Magruder...Twice pitched 1.2 innings (both with LA).
2004 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Appeared in Game 3 in the sixth inning and
gave up an RBI single to Lance Berkman followed by a two-run double to Morgan Ensberg to brake the game
open 7-2...In Game 5, he came on in the seventh inning, surrendering an RBI single to Jeff Kent that scored
Berkman who reached on a double in the 12-3 Houston win.
A non-roster invitee to Spring Training, earned a spot on the Opening Day roster and proceeded to make a career-high 80 appearances out of the bullpen in his seventh big league season...in doing so, he set a franchise single-season record for games pitched by a left-hander, eclipsing the mark of 75 set by Scott Radinsky in 1997...his previous career high was 55 games as a rookie with Houston in 1997...finished with a 1-2 record and 3.53 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 51.0 innings...the 80 appearances tied Atlanta's Ray King for third in the Major Leagues...led Major Leagues with 19 appearances in July...tied for second in the Majors with 14 appearances in September...he and Paul Quantrill (89) became only the third pair of teammates in Major League history to pitch 80 or more games in the same season...also, along with Quantrill, Eric Gagné (77) and Guillermo Mota (76), was part of the first quartet in big league history to appear in 76 or more games in the same season... recorded 28 holds to tie for second in the National League...stranded first 14 inherited runners and wound up allowing just five of 42 inherited runners to score, a percentage of 11.9, which led the Major Leagues...first batters faced hit just .100 (7-for-70) against him, also the lowest mark in the Majors...limited opponents to a .198 batting average (36-for-182)...held left-handed hitters to a .189 average (20-for-106)...in his first 18 regular-season outings, yielded just one run in 12.2 innings...made his Dodger debut on April 1 at Arizona and pitched a scoreless inning in his first Major League appearance since April 20, 2002 vs. Baltimore while with Tampa Bay...on April 2 at Arizona, entered game with two on and no outs in the seventh inning and got three outs to get out of the jam...in 14 appearances from April 9-May 7, allowed no runs, five hits and no walks with 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings...entered with one out and one on May 7 at New York and made just one pitch, inducing Roberto Alomar to hit it back to the mound to start an inning-ending double play...also needed just one pitch on May 18 vs. Florida when he came into the contest with one on and one out and got pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez to ground into an inning-ending double play...pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out May 25 win at Milwaukee...on June 22 vs. Anaheim, pitched 2.0 innings, allowing no runs and no hits...in 14 outings from July 9-30, gave up no runs and two hits while striking out seven in 9.1 innings and stranding eight of nine inherited runners...in 21 games from July 9- Aug. 13, gave up just one run (0.71 ERA) with 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings...over last nine appearances of the season from Sept. 13-28, did not yield a run while striking out five in 6.0 innings...pitched a perfect eighth inning on Sept. 23 at San Diego to record his first win as a Dodger and his first victory since May 1, 2001 vs. Houston while with New York...in club's victory in Game 1 of Sept. 27 doubleheader at San Francisco, faced just one batter and struck out Barry Bonds swinging...had an impressive spring in which he compiled a 2.00 ERA, allowing four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in 9.0 innings over nine Grapefruit League games.
CAREER SUMMARY: Has pitched in parts of seven Major League seasons with the Houston Astros (1997), Cleveland Indians (1998-2000), New York Mets (2001), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2002) and Dodgers (2003)...in 202 big league appearances, all in relief, has compiled a 9-7 record with two saves...is one of just 17 Major League southpaws to appear in 80 or more games during the last 25 years (since 1978)...those 17 pitchers have combined to accomplish the feat 23 times...his 80 appearances in 2003 were the most ever by a Dodger left-hander in franchise history, passing Scott Radinsky's mark of 75 set in 1997...teamed with Paul Quantrill (89 games) to become only the third pair of teammates in Major League history to pitch 80 or more games in the same season, joining Kent Tekulve (94) and Enrique Romo (84) of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates and Rob Murphy (87) and Frank Williams (85) of the 1987 Cincinnati Reds...also in 2003 teamed with Quantrill, Eric Gagné (77) and Guillermo Mota (76) to become the first quartet in big league history to appear in 76 or more games in the same season...posted first big league win on April 6, 1997 vs. St. Louis, hurling 1.2 scoreless innings...earned first Major League save on July 30, 1997 vs. St. Louis...pitched in two 1997 National League Division Series contests for Houston against Atlanta...made Major League debut for the Astros on April 2, 1997 vs. Atlanta.
Pitched in just two Major League games with Tampa Bay before being placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 23 with a strained left rotator cuff and missing the remainder of the campaign...started season with Triple-A Durham and appeared in four games, allowing no runs and striking out six in 3.1 innings and picking up two saves.
Obtained by the Mets in a trade from Cleveland for catcher Javier Ochoa on Jan. 11, 2001...began the season at Triple-A Norfolk...was recalled by the Mets on April 26...earned his first victory as a Met on May 1 vs. Houston...tossed a season-high 3.0 innings twice, April 26 at Milwaukee and May 8 at Colorado...on the DL from May 13-Aug. 15 with a strained left shoulder...reinstated from the DL and his rehab assignment and optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 16...recalled again on Sept. 1.
Made the Indians' Opening Day roster and spent the first two and a half months at the Major League level before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 13 with tendinitis in his left shoulder...won in relief on June 4 at St. Louis, striking out the only batter he faced (J.D. Drew)...on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo from July 23-Aug. 4...optioned to Buffalo on Aug. 23 and recalled on Sept. 4...appeared in four games for the Indians in September, compiling a 1.93 ERA.
Had arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder to repair the labrum on Jan. 5 performed by Dr. Louis Keppler and Dr. Mark Shickendantz in Cleveland...spent the first four months of the season on the disabled list recovering from the surgery...on the 60-day disabled list from April 4-Aug. 9.
Made five relief appearances for Cleveland before going on the 15-day disabled list on May 2 with tendinitis in his left shoulder...reinstated from the DL on Aug. 15 and appeared in eight games...placed back on the DL on Aug. 31 with a strained right groin and reinstated on Sept. 19.
Made his Major League debut on April 2 vs. Atlanta...pitched all season with the Astros, going 5-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 55 relief appearances...recorded his first Major League win with 1.2 scoreless innings on April 6 vs. St. Louis, a 3-2 Astros' victory...had two saves in three opportunities, picking up his first Major League save on July 30 vs. St. Louis...on the DL from May 30-July 15 with a strained left elbow...pitched in two games (0 ER/0.2 IP) in the National League Division Series vs. Atlanta.
Went a combined 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and three saves at Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tucson.
Pitched in seven games for Triple-A Richmond in the Braves' organization due to left-elbow surgery.
Established career highs in starts (10), innings (99.0) and strikeouts (106) while pitching for Single-A Kane County in the Baltimore organization.