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Fernando Martinez gets MVP of Caribbean Series

Feb 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

Over the weekend D.J. Short wrote a lengthy, interesting article about whether or not the Mets have rushed Fernando Martinez’s development. I think the answer is a resounding “yes,” but you should definitely read his piece and decide for yourself.
As a follow-up to that, Martinez was named MVP of the Caribbean Series after hitting .348 with two homers on the Dominican Republic’s championship run. “This is very emotional,” Martinez told “To be able to contribute to the Dominican Republic team is something you dream about as a child. This is a wonderful feeling. I don’t have the words.”
That will no doubt get the hype machine going again, but a) his MVP-winning performance consisted of a mere 23 at-bats, and b) as D.J. points out the best thing for Martinez at this point would probably be to spend all of this season at Triple-A.
He’s never really been both healthy and productive at one level for more than half a season, yet is still just 21 years old and hopefully won’t be pressed into duty for the Mets with Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, Gary Matthews Jr., Angel Pagan, and (eventually) Carlos Beltran around.

  1. BC - Feb 8, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    “MVP of the Caribbean Series”… isn’t that sort of like coming in 1st in the 17th Annual Pocatello Idaho Carrot Cake Festival?
    “He’s never really been both healthy and productive at one level for more than half a season”…. Hey! He’ll fit right in!

  2. D-Luxxx - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    I noticed that Francisco Lirano didn’t pitch at all in the Carribean Series. Was this because he is reporting shortly for Spring Training, or is there some other reason? I don’t really get why he wouldn’t have played if it isn’t that.

  3. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM


  4. D-Luxxx - Feb 8, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Uhh, Liriano is definitly Latino. And he pitched for the Dominican team during their regular season and in their playoffs to reach the Carribean Series. As a matter of fact, he dominated. So, again the question is “Why didn’t he pitch?”

  5. BC - Feb 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Because his arm almost fell off two years ago.

  6. John Pileggi - Feb 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Perhaps someday the Mets will be back at a point where the farm system is something more than “dysfunction lite”.

  7. Baller - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    His arm didnt fell off he got injured… And yes he is LATINO Born in the Dominican Republic, and yes he is 100% ready to play in the MLB, he destroyed in the Dominican league this year… How do I know this b/c Im Dominican and i watch all the games from the Dominican Republic… This guy is goin to destroy in the MLB like he always did when he was ther..

  8. baller - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    No is not and b/4 U star judging the caribbean series you should watch it… They play professional baseball just like the MLB, and is even harder b/c the Dominican players are faster… and yes i have watch both leagues the MLB and Caribbean series, which means i can judge.. Dont talk nonsense without evidence.. And yes this guy is ready to play for the MLB.

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