Shairon Benjamin “Shai” Martis was born on March 30th 1987 in Willemstad, Curaçao. In 2002 he was member of the Curaçao team that won the Senior League World Series that year, that took place in Bangor, Maine.
He was signed by the San Francisco Giants in 2004 as an free agent pitcher. He spent two seasons pitching in a couple of the Giants minor-league teams, before being traded to the Washington Nationals on July 28th 2006.
He pitched the following two seasons in a couple of Nationals minor-league teams and was selected to participate in the 2008 MLB All-Star Futures Game. He was later called up to the Nationals team on September 2nd 2008 to fill in the Nationals bullpen, but because of injuries to the Nationals starting rotation he was added to the Nationals starting rotation and made his MLB debut on September 4th 2008 against the Atlanta Braves.
From 2011 to 2017 pitched for the Pittsburg Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles and a couple of other professional baseball teams.
His current club is the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which he’s had various stints with the last couple of years.
He’s also been a constant presence since 2006 on the Kingdom of the Netherlands baseball roster during the World Baseball Classic tournaments and still owns the record for the only no-hitter thrown ever in a World Baseball Classic that he set in 2006.