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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 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 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. Aug 27 - 8:43 PM

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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.
Aug 24 - 12:02 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.
Aug 21 - 12:13 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.
Aug 17 - 10:17 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.
Aug 11 - 1:27 AM

Victor Martinez's go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 15th inning could not save the Tigers from a wild 6-5, 15-inning loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.

Martinez picked up an RBI single in the first inning, then quieted over the next five at-bats. The veteran slugger finally locked back into a groove with a go-ahead solo home run off Ariel Miranda in the 15th inning. That shot figured to be the deciding moment of the game, but the Mariners prevailed for a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame off Francisco Rodriguez to push past the Motor City Kitties. With his three total RBI, Martinez is up to 67 for the season. That is already three more than he picked up in an injury-plagued 2015. In addition, he has launched 20 home runs while slashing .301/.356/.494 over 388 at-bats.
Aug 10 - 3:13 AM

Victor Martinez blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Mets in their series opener at Comerica Park.

The Mets took the lead with a two-run shot from Kelly Johnson in the top half of the fourth inning, and Martinez quickly turned the game back around with a two-run shot of his own off Noah Syndergaard in the bottom half of the frame. He has been a force in the middle of the Tigers lineup this season, slashing .301/.357/.492 with 19 long balls and 64 RBI.
Aug 5 - 10:33 PM

Victor Martinez is just getting a day of rest Thursday against the White Sox.

It was initially reported that Martinez had an illness, but all is well. Miguel Cabrera is at designated hitter in the Tigers' series finale versus Chicago.
Aug 4 - 11:35 AM

Victor Martinez was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Thursday afternoon against the White Sox.

V-Mart has come down with an illness and is day-to-day. Miguel Cabrera will now get a turn at DH as the Tigers try to finish off a three-game sweep of the Pale Hose.
Aug 4 - 11:10 AM

Victor Martinez clubbed a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning on Saturday, powering the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

He victimized former Tiger Jason Grilli with his mammoth blast. It was his lone hit in three at-bats in the contest, but he certainly made the most of it. Even though he has been in a bit of a slump at the plate recently, Martinez is still slashing an impressive .309/.357/.521 with 17 homers and 52 RBI on the season.
Jul 9 - 4:47 PM

Victor Martinez belted a pair of three-run homers on Friday, powering the Tigers in a 10-2 rout over the Rays in Tampa Bay.

Martinez started the game slowly, as he was 0-for-3 heading into the seventh inning, before he greeted Danny Farquhar with a three-run bomb to increase the Tigers' advantage to 10-7. He wasn't finished though, adding another three-run shot in the ninth to cap off the monster day. He has been a monster at the dish this year, slashing .324/.369/.543 with 16 homers and 49 RBI.
Jul 1 - 10:18 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians.

Martinez went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth and sixth innings. Alas, both were solo homers and could do little in the face of the eight runs allowed by Justin Verlander on the afternoon. The 36-year-old Martinez remains a legitimate force with the bat and is slashing .319/.365/.531 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 260 at-bats. He played in just 120 games last season, but health has not been in an issue in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:28 PM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Mariners.

V-Mart isn't going to play many days games in his age-37 season. Miguel Cabrera is at DH and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start at first base in the Thursday matinee.
Jun 23 - 9:55 AM

Victor Martinez homered three times to help lead the Tigers to a 10-4 win over the Royals on Thursday.

The only shame is that all three of V-Mart's dingers -- one in the second inning, one in the fourth and one for good measure in the ninth -- came with the bases empty. It was still a heck of a showing for the 37-year-old, who now has 12 homers and 38 RBI on the year. His .338 average ranks fourth in the AL, and a .945 OPS has V-Mart seventh in the league among qualified hitters through 63 games.
Jun 17 - 1:11 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.

Martinez could have tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but White Sox closer David Robertson took care of him on a groundball back to the mound. Martinez hasn't started a game since Sunday due to a tweaked left knee. An MRI taken Tuesday came up negative, so his return to full-time action should be imminent.
Jun 16 - 5:02 AM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Erick Aybar
3Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Casey McGehee
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Matt Boyd
6Daniel Norris
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Anibal Sanchez
8Bruce Rondon
9Kyle Ryan