Best Of 2020

Throughout the past year, scores of current and former local athletes and coaches have taken active roles in the fight against COVID-19 and for social justice. These are just a few of their stories. 

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Dennis Martinez

Former Orioles right-hander Dennis Martinez, who won 108 games for the team from 1976-1986 and was the first Nicaraguan to play in the big leagues, has been a leading force in raising money for personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses in Nicaragua.

Through a GoFundMe campaign called “Segunda Etapa del Juego Perfecto,” Martinez raised nearly $25,000. The name of the campaign is a reference to Martinez’s perfect game with the Montreal Expos in 1991.

“In our country, I guess our government was not able to supply everything that [medical professionals] need, so I thought that I might do something from my point of view and my part to be able to raise some funds to be able to get whatever we can and get all the supplies that we need,” Martinez said on MASN in September. “Since they’ve been in front and doing what they need to do, they need to be protected also.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles 

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