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Tom Martin
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 643 of 1043 players
Thomas Edgar Martin
Born: May 21, 1970 at Charleston, S.C.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 200

Tom Martin was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 20, 2009, and March 22, 2011.


First Mets game: April 26, 2001
Last Mets game: October 5, 2001

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May 9, 2001
absolutely horrible. throws the flattest slider of all time. it looks like he's throwing a ball with no laces. might as well save the money on his contract and put a pitching machine on the mound to throw 79 over the middle of the plate. might make us have to reconsider the upper (lower?) eschelon of bad Mets relievers. indeed, the holy trinity of mel rojas, rich rodriguez, and billy taylor may have a fourth member.

Happy Recap
May 9, 2001
So far, Tom Martin has filled an important role in the Mets bullpen. He's the perfect guy to bring in when you need to give up a quick four runs. He had a positive buzz about him in spring training, but he certainly hasn't lived up to it. I'm reminded of Gene Walter, who was supposedly "death to left handed hitters" but never got anybody out.

May 25, 2001
The thing I really love about Martin is he gets this slack-jawed confused look on his face whenever he gives up a hit. He gets that look a lot.

He can't spot the fastball, and his slider breaks right over the middle of the plate. His putrid performance with the Mets this year is rocketing him up the charts on the all-time worst lefthanded relievers in Mets history. Martin has actually made me miss Bobby M. Jones.

Mr. Sparkle
May 30, 2001
It's amazing the attention you get for being a lefty. Tom's a good example of that. Lousy pitcher, "But he's a lefty!" Who cares, he sucks!!!

October 12, 2001
The best 3 words I've spoken in the past month:


He rejected his assignment to the minors. Does this idiot really think he is a major league caliber pitcher? What a tool.

Mr. Sparkle
October 17, 2001
I remember reading about this guy in spring training about how everyone loved him. He was a lefty with a lot of upside. Of course all we saw was the downside and boy was it huge. Did he ever pitch a good inning? I can't remember one.

October 25, 2001
I'm obsessing on how bad Tom Martin was. Here's yet another look at just how awful Mr. Martin was as a Met:

He appeared in 14 games, pitching a total of 17 innings. In only 5 of those 14 appearances did he not give up a run. Three of those appearances consisted of 1/3 of an inning apiece. So in only two appearances of an inning or more did he not give up runs, including one inning in a 12-1 Mets loss to St. Louis and two innings of mop-up duty in the last series of the year against Montreal in an 8-6 Mets loss.

I still can't believe how frigging bad this guy was considering all of the hype about him in the spring. Maybe he can sign with the Indians and become a situational lefty reliever, just like his role model Rich Rodriguez.

Mr. X
November 7, 2001
Something is wrong if the Mets ever got this idiot! He pitches like he is going to do a square dance. CAN'T GET ANYONE OUT EXCEPT ON FLY BALLS! I feel sorry for whoever gets this guy! Bobby V. couldn't even use him or his friend Donne Wall. He argued with management because he thought he was good enough to pitch in the major leagues. What a wierdo too! Looks strange, doesn't he?

March 6, 2002
I remember when he got that black eye the night before he got called up in the Milwaukee series and they brought him into pitch when Brett Hinchcliffe gave up like 10 runs and Martin didn't pitch too bad... then the black eye went away and so did Martin's decent ERA.

Won Doney
May 22, 2002
I'm surprised he had a winning record (1-0). It seemed like the Mets lost every game he pitched in (could that be possible?). He was horrible.

Joe Figliola
December 9, 2002
Never mind about a .500 record, just how the heck can you have a perfect 1.000 winning percentage and an ERA over 10? I guess that's why they're the Amazin' Mets.

August 8, 2004
Seeing Martin come in the other day to get a couple of key outs against the Mets -- for the Braves! -- reminded me that he's been kicking around for the past few years. So I looked up his lifetime stats.

He had a very good rookie year for Houston in '97. Then he was ghastly for the Indians in '98 and '99, putting up the same kind of numbers he did for the Mets. He was tolerably mediocre in '00, then after his stint with the Mets, he had two atrocious games with the Devil Rays. Tom Martin has posted four-digit ERAs in three of his major-league seasons!

But then he actually appeared in 80 games for the Dodgers last year and was not half bad. It seems like it's almost impossible for pitchers to flunk out of the majors any more.

August 8, 2004
I can't beleive this guy is still in baseball. Most vivid memeory of him is Bobby V. using him (as I recall) every game in a series against the Rockies and simply got crushed. I wondered if Bobby V. was sacrificing Martin to show management he needed better pitchers.

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