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Jerry Martin
Jerry Martin
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 501 of 984 players
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Jerry Lindsey Martin
Born: May 11, 1949 at Columbia, S.C.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.01 Weight: 195

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First Mets game: May 18, 1984
Last Mets game: September 19, 1984





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Danny Erickson
August 16, 2001
I think Jerry was a buddy of Davey Johnson and was getting one last shot in the major leagues. He was actually a pretty decent player with the Cubs.

vemmerf
July 12, 2002
I grew up 30 minutes from Shea. This guy rented a house in my neighborhood for the summer (a lot of Mets did) and my buddy and I looked in the yearbook and found the name of some assistant to the PR director and called Martin, saying we were that guy. We told him we were shooting a commercial for Banner Day and we wanted him to be a part. He fell hook line and sinker. Feel kinda bad about it, but it was better than egging his house.

Shari
July 19, 2002
I remember this poor shnook getting the call to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth during the Mets heyday, I don't remember if it was in '84 or '85. I believe he struck out, and he got booed the whole way back to the dug-out. That was the last time I think I ever saw him as a Met. He was trying to make a comeback after being in re-hab. I was at the game, and I just remember feeling really sorry for him, as he hung his head in shame and took the slow stroll back to the dugout.

Frankie
January 3, 2004
Jerry Martin was clearly washed up when he was with the Mets. However, he is part of a controversial managerial decision when he was with the Phillies. I think it was the 1978 NLCS. Danny Ozark, who sent Martin in for defensive purposes for Greg Luzinski, didn't do so in Game 5 I believe. Of course Luzinski muffs a flyball on the warning track and the Dodgers win the pennant. I'm a little fuzzy on the details but that is basically what happened. Also remember Martin appearing at a baseball camp I attended in Pennington, New Jersey in 77 or 78. He was a pretty good guest instructor.

Kiwiwriter
August 3, 2004
I remember him as Greg Luzinski's caddy with the 1977- 78 Phillies, going out as a DR (Defensive Replacement) in the late innings, because Greg could be timed running to first with a sundial.

Then he turned up with the early '80s "coke adds life" Kansas City Royals of Vida Blue and Willie Aikens. When the Mets had him, it was pretty obvious that Martin could lose the sundial-timed race to first.

I always associate him with Larry Bowa and Tom Paciorek, who came to the Mets late in their careers during the mid-80s to do very little.

Jonathan Stern
March 31, 2007
Currently employed in the Phillies' minor league system. Will be remembered mostly for the K. C. drugfest and for being on the bench in the ninth inning of Game 3, 1977 NLCS.

Of the latter, when pressed by the reporters, Phillies manager Danny Ozark admitted that he left Luzinski in the game (rather than insert Martin for defensive purposes) in case the Dodgers tied it up in their half of the ninth. You don't play for a tie if you have a two-run, ninth-inning lead. Ouch.









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