Saturday, August 10, 2013

Player Profile: Evel Bastida-Martinez

I have two cards of Evel Bastida-Martinez. This one is from 2003 Topps Total.

Playing career: Second baseman Evel Bastida-Martinez played in the Mariners and Orioles organizations from 2002 to 2004, after leaving his wife and children to defect from Cuba in 2000. In 199 games, mostly at Class-A level, he hit .250 with 9 HR, 68 RBI and 25 SB.

Interesting facts: In 2003 he charged the mound with a bat after being hit by the Lancaster JetHawks’ Josh Kranawetter, hitting him in the back. Bastida-Martinez was arrested and plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, serving 200 hours of community service.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Evel Bastida-Martinez is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Evel Bas, ahead of Evel Knievel Baseball Bat. In 1977 the daredevil attacked a reporter with a bat, breaking the reporter’s arm and earning Knievel six months in jail time. I guess all Evels are dangerous with a bat. There do not appear to be any other prominent Evel Bastida-Martinezes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Richard Batchelor.


  1. His name sounds like "Evil Bastard Martinez."

    Yes, I realize that was not the most-mature observation I have ever made...

  2. What an awesome coincidence about the Evel bat wielding...