Bernalillo County is seeking community input on a proposal to name a soon-to-be-constructed ball field at Tom Tenorio Park, on Arenal SW, after former Bernalillo County employee Marty Candelaria, who passed away in 2020.
Marty Candelaria had an undeniable love for the game of baseball that, in 1983, earned him a try-out opportunity with the Cincinnati Reds.
Marty’s connection to Tom Tenorio Park and to Bernalillo County began 37 years ago in 1984 as a softball player at Tom Tenorio Park and also as an employee in the county’s Parks and Recreation’s Land Management Division.
In 1987, Marty began umpiring leagues and tournaments.
In 1994, Marty became a supervisor with Land Management, which entailed maintenance of the park and all of the fields at Tom Tenorio, which he continued to do until his retirement in 2009.
From 1996 to 2017, Marty was supervising all the leagues at Tom Tenorio.
Marty’s love and knowledge of the games of softball and baseball is legendary. He umpired for 11 different collegiate conferences.
Marty has umpired and supervised all of the county’s annual Jimmy Nieto tournaments and has a t-shirt for each and every year.
Marty’s daughters, who are now grown, spent many days running around the softball fields and playing in the dirt. Their dad working at Tom Tenorio has been a big part of their childhood memories.
Tom Tenorio and Marty are synonymous for many people who grew up in Albuquerque. Marty is well respected for his knowledge of the game and his leadership example.
He has prepared many fields for play, mediated many disagreements, interpreted countless umpire calls, trained many umpires, called an ambulance too many times, thrown out a few players and dumped out numerous beers.
Marty’s love for the game and his community stands for itself.