|Born: March 30, 1987|
|September 4, 2008, for the Washington Nationals|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||5.35|
|Baseball World Cup|
|2011 Panama||National team|
|European Baseball Championship|
|2007 Spain||National team|
|2016 Hoofddorp||National team|
Shairon Benjamin Martis, OON (born March 30, 1987) is a Dutch-Curaçaoan professional baseball pitcher for L&D Amsterdam of the Honkbal Hoofdklasse. He has previously pitched for the Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. Martis was a member of the Netherlands in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2013 World Baseball Classic, as well as the 2011 Baseball World Cup. He played for Team Netherlands in the 2019 European Baseball Championship, at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament in Italy in September 2019.
In 2002, Martis was a member of the Curaçao team that claimed the Senior League World Series, which took place in Bangor, Maine.
Martis pitched a no-hitter on March 10, 2006, in the World Baseball Classic against Panama, in a game stopped in the 7th inning due to the mercy rule.
He played for Team Netherlands in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
He played for Team Netherlands in the 2019 European Baseball Championship, and will compete for it at the Africa/Europe 2020 Olympic Qualification tournament, taking place in Italy beginning September 18, 2019.
Martis was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2004. In 2005, he pitched in 11 games with 5 starts. His record was 2–1 with a 1.85 ERA for the San Francisco Giants' Arizona Rookie League team. Martis began the 2006 season with Augusta in the Low A South Atlantic League, where he accrued a 6–4 record and 3.64 ERA in 15 starts. On July 28, 2006, Martis was traded to the Washington Nationals for veteran lefty reliever Mike Stanton.
On July 28, 2006, the Nationals acquired Martis from the San Francisco Giants for veteran lefty reliever Mike Stanton. He joined the roster of Savannah of the South Atlantic League on August 1, 2006. After going 1–1 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts at Savannah, Martis was promoted to Washington's Potomac club in the High A Carolina League. He pitched two games in Potomac, giving up 4 earned runs in 12 innings, and finished the season at Harrisburg in the Double-A Eastern League, allowing 7 earned runs over 5 innings in his only appearance of the Harrisburg season. In 2007, Martis pitched for Potomac the entire season. In 26 starts and one relief appearance, he logged a 4.23 ERA over 151 innings, striking out 108 batters while issuing just 52 walks. Martis was assigned to Harrisburg to begin the 2008 season. After going 4–4 with a 3.98 ERA and a respectable 1.35 WHIP in 14 starts at Harrisburg, he was promoted on June 21 to Triple-A Columbus, where he went 1–2 and accrued a 3.02 ERA in 7 starts, striking out 42 batters and walking 17. He was selected as a member of the World Team for the 2008 All-Star Futures Game in Yankee Stadium. Martis was called up to the major-league roster on September 2, with the intent of assigning him to the bullpen. However, an injury to rotation member Collin Balester caused Martis to put into the starting rotation. He made his major league debut September 4, 2008, against the Atlanta Braves. He gave up 2 runs in 5 innings, getting the loss. He struck out the first batter he faced, Gregor Blanco. Chipper Jones got the first hit off Martis. In his first plate appearance, he drew a walk from Braves rookie James Parr, who, like Martis, was also making his first major-league appearance. Martis struck out Parr in Parr's first at-bat earlier in the game. Martis got his first major league win on September 23, 2008, against the Florida Marlins. On May 2, 2009, against the St. Louis Cardinals, Martis pitched his first career complete game, which was the Nationals' first complete game since Pedro Astacio's in 2006 against the Atlanta Braves.
On November 22, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In June 2012, Minnesota Twins acquired Martis from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash. In 9.2 innings he struck out 7, working to a 5.59 ERA. Martis was outrighted off the roster on October 2, 2013.
On February 26, 2014, Martis signed a 1-yr deal with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the CPBL.
Martis signed with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for the 2015 season.
On February 15, 2016, Martis resigned with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
On April 2, 2017, Martis signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles organization. He was released on July 19, 2017.
On July 27, 2017, Martis resigned with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. He was released on November 19, 2019.
Martis signed with L&D Amsterdam of the Honkbal Hoofdklasse for the 2020 season.