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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Victor Martinez is once again batting second of the Tigers in Saturday's Grapefruit League matchup against the Yankees.
The Tigers came into the spring looking for someone to bat between Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera in the lineup and that's the spot that V-Mart has occupied on a daily basis. He has functioned as the club's cleanup hitter for the past few seasons, so a move to the two-hole will likely decrease his RBI opportunities while giving him a boost in runs scored. Mar 4 - 8:08 AM

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Victor Martinez went 1-for-3 three with a home run as the Tigers beat the Astros 11-4 on Saturday.

The home run was the Tigers' third in a row in the third inning. Miguel Cabrera came up next and was drilled by Astros' reliever Edison Frias, touching off a benches-clearing incident. Now 38 years old, Martinez still wields a potent bat. He hit .289/.351/.476 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI last season.
Feb 25 - 5:20 PM

Victor Martinez needed surgery in October for a sports hernia.

Tigers general manager Al Avila made that revelation on Thursday afternoon. V-Mart is almost fully recovered by this point and should be ready for the start of the 2017 regular season, though he figures to be eased into activities this spring for precautionary reasons. The veteran designated hitter has slashed .270/.329/.427 with 38 homers and 150 RBI in 274 games since re-signing with the Tigers for four years, $68 million in November 2014.
Jan 26 - 1:56 PM

Teams are "sniffing around" on Victor Martinez, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Tigers are looking to cut payroll this offseason and they can accomplish that by trading Martinez, who still has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract. V-Mart has 10-5 rights, meaning he can veto any potential trade. The soon-to-be 38-year-old hit a respectable .289 with 27 HR and 86 RBI this past season.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 09:26:00 PM

Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer off the bench in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins.

Martinez is back in the starting lineup for game two tonight. He missed three starts with a swollen knee.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is out again for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Twins.

V-Mart is still getting over some right knee swelling, though he could play in the 8:10 p.m. ET nightcap. Miguel Cabrera will take a turn at DH in Game 1 versus Twins left-hander Pat Dean, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia drawing a start at first base.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

This is the second consecutive game that Martinez has missed. Trevor Bauer hit the veteran slugger in the right knee during Sunday's showdown and he has been dealing with a bit of swelling. Justin Upton is serving as DH for Wednesday's contest and is batting fifth.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers' starting lineup Tuesday due to swelling in his right knee.

Martinez was hit in that knee by a Trevor Bauer pitch on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland and still has some discomfort. James McCann is at DH for the Tigers on Tuesday versus Twins left-hander Hector Santiago.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Victor Martinez is getting the night off Tuesday.

James McCann will take a turn at DH against Twins left-hander Hector Santiago. This looks to be a routine night of mental and physical rest for Martinez, who's batting just .190/.299/.276 through 67 plate appearances in September.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Victor Martinez belted a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Orioles.

The win pulled the Tigers even with the Orioles for the final Wild Card in the American League. The O's had just rallied to push the tying run across against Alex Wilson in the top half of the eighth inning before V-Mart smacked a Brad Brach offering over the wall in right for the game-changing blast. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The 37-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, slashing .293/.349/.479 with 24 homers and 76 RBI on the season.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Victor Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Angels in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning.

V-Mart got tossed after expressing his displeasure with the strike zone of home plate umpire Mike Everitt. After being ejected, he had to be restrained by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and teammate J.D. Martinez. He then threw his helmet back onto the field after returning to the dugout. It was quite a display. Tyler Collins replaced him at designated hitter.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 08:43:00 PM

Victor Martinez finished 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Twins.

Martinez had three of the Tigers' 14 hits on the evening, including a two-run blast in the seventh. The homer was No. 23 for V-Mart, who now has 73 RBI and 52 runs scored. After enduring a cold July, the 37-year-old is hitting .305 with six homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored this month.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 12:02:00 AM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Miguel Cabrera is in the designated hitter spot Sunday, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia getting a start at first base.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:13:00 PM

Victor Martinez hit a solo home run that provided the only scoring the Tigers could muster in a tough loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

Detroit squandered a no-hit bid by Anibal Sanchez. The home run was the 22nd time Martinez has gone deep this year. He is batting .303 with 70 RBI as a 37-year-old. He has lost the catcher eligibility that made him a fantasy star for a decade but his bat is plenty good enough to devote a UTIL slot to him day in and day out.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 10:17:00 PM

Victor Martinez reached four times Wednesday against the Mariners, going 2-for-2 with two walks.

With no runs or RBI. Martinez is putting together a pretty terrific season at age 37, but he does lose a little bit of his offensive value because of his inability to advance on the basepaths. He's been driven in just 25 times in 110 games, even though he has a nice .362 OBP. He hasn't scored from first on a double even once this year and he's scored from second on a single just twice in 16 opportunities.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 01:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Mike Pelfrey
7Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Mark Lowe
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Kyle Ryan
10Edward Mujica
11Logan Kensing