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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
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Victor Martinez, who is still without a homer this year, went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.
It's past time for Brad Ausmus to take Martinez out of the cleanup spot. Martinez will find his stroke, but even when that happens, the fourth spot probably isn't the right place for him any longer, since he brings the offense to a halt whenever he's on base. Apr 27 - 5:43 PM

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Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI as the Tigers clobbered the Twins in Minnesota on Sunday.

Martinez has gotten off to a woefully slow start, but his bat has finally started to show signs of life. His RBI double in the sixth inning was astoundingly his first extra-base hit of the season. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .222/.286/.238 with nine RBI on the season.
Apr 23 - 5:54 PM

Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers' lineup on Thursday against the Rays.

Miguel Cabrera will start at DH and Alex Avila will handle first base in the afternoon series finale versus Tampa Bay. Martinez is batting just .204/.286/.204 through 14 games this season.
Apr 20 - 11:20 AM

Victor Martinez had a miserable night at the plate on Friday, going 0-for-5 in a win over the Indians.

Martinez was the only one of the Tigers' starters who didn't have a hit in this contest. He also bounced into a pair of double plays. It has been a rough start to the season for Tigers' cleanup hitter, slashing a mere .176/.256/.176 with no homers and three RBI.
Apr 14 - 11:20 PM

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

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.
Source: MLive.com
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 08:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Andrew Romine
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Mikie Mahtook
4Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Kyle Ryan
6Anibal Sanchez
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Joe Jimenez