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Position: SS/OF/3B      Born: Aug 23, 1941      Bats: Both      Throws: Right

A talented utility player, Orlando Martinez signed with the Washington Senators from Cuba during the 1950s. He made his big league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 1962 at the tender age of 20. He next surfaced with the Atlanta Braves in 1967 and played two seasons there before he was dealt to the Astros for Bob Aspromonte after the 1968 campaign.

In three seasons with Houston, Martinez played seven different positions - including pitcher and catcher - while hitting .268. Afterwards, he was traded to St. Louis and later played for Oakland and Texas to close his seven-year career with a .243 average.

Martinez stayed in baseball and eventually managed with the Tulsa Drillers before becoming the interim manager of the Seattle Mariners for one game in 1986 (he lost).

He passed away on March 8th, 2007 in Santo Domingo, DR at age 65.