Thursday, September 24, 2015

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #8 Renie Martin

Donald Renie Martin
Relief Pitcher

Taking over the #37 recently vacated by Jim Kern, Renie Martin was another recognizable name and face (at least to me) when he joined the 1984 Phillies in late August.  Martin enjoyed his best seasons with the Royals in 1980 and 1981.  He faced the Phillies in the 1980 World Series pitching a total of 9 2/3 innings over three separate relief appearances, allowing three runs.

Martin came to the Phillies from the Giants as the player to be named later in the Al Oliver trade, and he took the roster spot of Don Carman who was optioned to Portland.  He made his Phillies debut against the Giants on August 30th and he'd appear in 8 more games with the club throughout September.  Released by the Phils in November, Martin would go back to the Royals where he'd spend the next two seasons pitching for their Triple-A team in Omaha.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  190
Born:  August 30, 1955, Dover, DE
Drafted:  Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 1977 amateur draft, June 15, 1977
Major League Teams:  Kansas City Royals 1979-1981, San Francisco Giants 1982-1984, Phillies 1984
Professional Affiliations:  Kansas City Royals 1979-1981, San Francisco Giants 1982-1984, Phillies 1984, Kansas City Royals 1985-1986

Phillies Career
9 games, 0-2, 4.60 ERA in 15 2/3 innings
Acquired:  Acquired from the San Francisco Giants to complete an earlier deal in which the Giants sent Al Oliver to the Phillies for Kelly Downs and George Riley.
Debut:  August 30, 1984 (Game 2) - Relieved Kevin Gross and pitched three innings of relief, allowing a run on three hits.
Final Game:  September 30, 1984 (Game 2)
Departed:  Released on November 9, 1984.  Signed as a minor league free agent with the Kansas City Royals, January 29, 1985.

1980 Topps #667
1981 Topps #452
1984 Donruss #445
1984 Fleer #381
3 Martin Baseball Card in My Collection
First Card:  1984 Donruss #445
Last Card:  1984 Topps #603

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1980 Topps #667 (with Bill Paschall and Dan Quisenberry)
First Topps Base Card:  1980 Topps #667
Last Mainstream Card:  1984 Topps #603
Other Notable Cards:  1981 Topps #452, 1982 Topps Traded #66T, 1984 Fleer #381

Sources:  Thanks to reader Mike who sent me his Martin in a Phillies uniform creation and inspired me to try my hand at my own creation.  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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