Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 8/11/13
Today would have been the 48th birthday for former White Sox and Indians infielder Carlos Martinez. If you follow the game now, you may be confused with one of the Cardinals top pitching prospects, also named Carlos Martinez. There was a pitcher for the Florida Marlins who pitched in 2006, 2007 and 2009 that has the same name. If you search on baseballreference.com, you’d see several minor league players over the course of the last several seasons who have the same name. While the expectations of the Cardinals pitching prospect should pay dividends on the field, the career of the former included interesting moments, if not spectacular. Sadly, on 1/24/2006, Martinez passed away from symptoms of AIDS. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 1983 by the New York Yankees. He and another minor league player, Bill Lindsey, were sent to the White Sox in the deal that sent Wayne Tolleson, Joel Skinner and Ron Kittle to the Yankees. Coming to the big leagues in 1988, Martinez was the most
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