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Ernesto Martínez is a catcher for the Templiers de Sénart in Division Elite.

Martínez has been with Senart since March 2006. Before arriving in France, he was a catcher with the Cachorros de Holguin, in Cuba. He was a member of the 2002 Cuban championship team when he played with the Cachorros, the team's first title ever. He was a key part of the title as his homer in game 7 was one of two runs in a 2-1 victory by the Cachorros. Through 2003-2004, Ernesto had hit .261/.354/.404 in 10 seasons and 1,871 plate appearances in Cuba. Opponents had stolen 162 bases in 247 tries.

For the Templiers in 2007, Ernesto batted .257/.386/.413 and threw out 10 of 19 attempted base-stealers. In '08, he hit .300/.449/.486 with 5 homers, 35 walks and 35 runs in 44 games. Opponents were better running against him, going 22-for-28 in steal attempts. He tied for the Division Elite lead in home runs. He hit .235/.381/.471 for the Templiers in the 2008 European Cup in Regensburg. He was both hero and goat in the 5th/6th place game against Draci Brno, making two errors to let the Czechs rally to take the lead. He singled off former minor leaguer Jakub Toufar then scored the tying run in the 9th on a David Meurant hit, though. Then in the 11th, he reached on an error and came around on a Matthieu Brelle-Andrade grounder for the winning run.

Martínez was the top performer for Sénart in the 2009 European Cup, going 6 for 11 with three doubles. He was third in the Matino phase of the Cup in average, right behind Willie Vasquez and Max De Biase. His 3 doubles led the Matino round. Ernesto had 3 of the four Templiers hits in their crucial last-game loss to Draci Brno that put them in danger of being relegated out of the Cup.

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see also for his homerun in the 2002 Cuba final

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