Martinez contributed a pinch-hit RBI single in Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Cardinals, but his .506 OPS in 360 career plate appearances heading into the game was the 17th lowest out of 3,074 non-pitchers with 350 or more career plate appearances since integration in 1947. Mario Mendoza, for whom the infamous Mendoza Line was named, is 18th with a .507 OPS.
Asked if he was surprised Martinez is the Phillies' best option in the Minor Leagues to help them in the outfield, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, "Am I surprised? I'm not surprised at [anything]. Nothing surprises me, if you want to know the truth. I would get surprised if you walked in here and told me I got Ted Williams. That would surprise me. I would go check on that. That would surprise me."
Williams' career OPS is 1.116.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.