After a transition period in which quite some pitchers left the club, L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed some reinforcements. They found one in former Major Leaguer Shairon Martis. The 32-year old pitcher from Curaçao has signed a deal for one season.
After Tom Stuifbergen, Jhan Rifaela, Maikel Rietel, and Kevin Heijstek left the club, Pirates needed a solid arm to reinforce their pitching. You can say they succeeded with their latest acquisition.
Shairon Martis has a lot of professional experience under his belt. He broke into professional baseball in the organization of the San Francisco Giants in 2005. One year later he became the first and still only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the World Baseball Classic. Against Panama, Martis kept the Central Americans hitless for seven innings. As the Dutch had a 10-0 lead by then, the game ended thanks to the mercy rule and Martis had his no-hitter under his belt.
In 2011, Martis was also part of the Dutch team that won the World Championship by beating Cuba in the final 2-1.
In 2008 he debuted in the Majors with the Washington Nationals. In parts of three seasons (2008, 2009, and 2013) of which one was with the Minnesota Twins, Martis posted a 5.35 ERA with a 6-7 record.
After 2013, Martis mainly played independent and mostly with the Lincoln SaltDogs of the American Association. In those years he had one short stint with the Norfolk Tides (AAA, Baltimore Orioles) but he appeared only in eight games before he was released.
In 2019, his final season in the Indy Leagues, he wasn’t quite successful. He posted a 2-7 record in twenty-two appearances (nine starts and seven outings as a closer).
Of course, the new manager Michael Duursma and the chairman of Pirates are more than pleased that Martis is joining their club. Duursma: Fantastic that a player like Martis is joining us. As a pitcher and a person, he is a nice addition to our team.” Chairman Gijsbers stated: “Great that we succeeded to get a player of his caliber to Amsterdam. We will start the season with a lot of confidence.
As Martis can both serve as a starter and reliever, it may not be clear yet in which role he will be used.