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Ramon Martinez joins Orioles as special assignment pitching coordinator

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Longtime Dodgers pitcher Ramon Martinez was hired by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday as a special assignment pitching coordinator, after five years in a similar position with the Dodgers.

Martinez with the Orioles will focus on developing Latin American pitchers throughout the organization, the Orioles described in a press release. Martinez, who turns 47 on March 22, was a special instructor with the Dodgers since 2010, including the last four years with the added title of senior advisor, Latin America.

In Baltimore Martinez reunites with Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace, longtime Dodgers coach who helped develop Martinez with the Dodgers as minor league pitching coordinator. Wallace was also pitching coach of a staff headed by Martinez with the Dodgers from 1995-1997.

Martinez was 135-88 with a 3.67 ERA and 105 ERA+ in his 14-year MLB career, including 123-77 with a 3.45 ERA and 109 ERA+ in 11 seasons with the Dodgers. He finished second in National League Cy Young Award balloting at age 22 in 1990, and finished fifth in 1995.