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By Tim Kelly, Sports Talk Philly editor

Former Philadelphia Phillies utility man Michael Martinez was one swing away from hitting a walkoff home run to extend the Chicago Cubs 108-year World Series drought and give Cleveland their second pro sports title in 2016. Instead, Martinez grounded out to end both a classic Game 7 and the Cubs World Series drought, while seemingly restoring misery to Cleveland. 

Martinez, who entered the game as a fielding replacement in ninth inning, likely wouldn't have been given the chance to hit had the Indians not been out of bench players. 

The 34-year-old Martinez was designated for assignment on July 2 and traded to the Boston Red Sox six days later. The Red Sox designated Martinez for assignment on August 2, allowing the Indians to re-claim Martinez. 

Martinez played for the Phillies for parts of three seasons between 2011 and 2013. During that time, he became one of the most universally disliked players in the history of the team. Martinez was versatile in the field, but he hit .196 in 2011, .174 in 2012 and .175 in 2013, which didn't exactly endear him to the fanbase. 


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