Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez
Pitcher
Tenochtitlan Aztec Gods (1997-1998)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2006
 

Dennis Martinez, known as El Presidente in his native Nicaragua, enjoyed a brief and for the most part quiet career in the Weaver League.

Looking at add depth to their starting rotation, the Tenochtitlan Aztec Gods signed the aging veteran for their inaugural season in 1997. Martinez had considered retirement from professional baseball, but couldn't pass up the chance to spend at least a short time in the reconstituted Weaver League.

The Aztec Gods enjoyed modest success in '97. Although they finished in fourth place, they did end up ten games over .500 so Martinez decided to stick around for at least one more season to see if they had something to build on. They didn't. Tenochtitlan sank to 62-100 in '98, and once it was announced that the team would relocate for the 1999 season Martinez decided he had had enough. Channelling Biff Tannen from Back to the Future, Martinez was quoted as saying that it was time to "make like a tree and get outta here."

After an intense letter writing campaign from his fans in Nicaragua, and perhaps due to some strong arm tactics from the Sandinistas, Martinez joined former teammate Eddie Murray and became the fourth player inducted into the Weaver League Hall of Fame.


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