current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#41 DH | 6'2", 210 lbs. | Detroit
Birth Date:December 23, 1978 (35 years old) Place of Birth:Ciudad Bolivar, VEN
Drafted:Signed by Cleveland in 1996.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2010.
Drafted:Signed by Cleveland in 1996.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2010.
|Assets:||Boasts great run-producing ability, along with great plate discipline and power. He hits righties and lefties with equal proficiency. Can still catch on occasion, as well as play first base.|
|Flaws:||Injuries have forced him to DH mostly. His game-calling skills were never his strong suit. He also struggles to throw base-runners out with consistency while behind the plate.|
|Career Potential:||Quality veteran switch-hitting slugger.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Silver Slugger||2004 (Shared with Ivan Rodriguez)|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2010, 2009, 2007, 2004|
|Eastern League (AA)||Most Valuable Player||2002|
|Eastern League (AA)||All-Star Team||2002|
|Carolina League (A)||Most Valuable Player||2001|
|New York-Penn League (A)||All-Star Team||1999|
|Class A+||All-Star Team||2001|
|Carolina League (A)||All-Star Team||2001|
Movements & Injuries
|7/18/2014||Missed 8 games (sore back).|
|7/05/2014||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|7/03/2014||Missed 3 games (ribcage injury).|
|6/30/2014||Ribcage injury, day-to-day.|
|4/10/2013||Missed 1 game (lacerated right thumb).|
|4/09/2013||Lacerated right thumb, day-to-day.|
|10/29/2012||Missed 162 regular season and 13 playoff games (left knee injury).|
|10/06/2012||Did not make the playoff roster.|
|3/12/2012||Left knee injury, 60-day DL.|
|8/23/2011||Missed 1 game (lower back spasms).|
|8/22/2011||Lower back spasms, day-to-day.|
|8/09/2011||Missed 1 game (sprained left knee).|
|8/07/2011||Sprained left knee, day-to-day.|
|5/04/2011||Missed 13 games (right groin).|
|4/19/2011||Right groin, 15-day DL.|
|4/18/2011||Missed 1 game (groin).|
|11/26/2010||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers to a four-year contract.|
|7/26/2010||Missed 22 games (thumb injury).|
|6/29/2010||Thumb injury, early September.|
|6/03/2010||Missed 1 game (toe injury).|
|6/02/2010||Toe injury, day-to-day.|
|5/27/2010||Missed 2 games (toe injury).|
|5/25/2010||Toe injury, day-to-day.|
|11/09/2009||Boston Red Sox exercised their contract option for the 2011 season.|
|9/17/2009||Missed 2 games (pectoral Injuries).|
|9/15/2009||Pectoral Injuries, day-to-day.|
|7/31/2009||Acquired from the Cleveland Indians.|
|6/01/2009||Missed 1 game (bruised knee).|
|5/31/2009||Bruised knee, day-to-day.|
|9/27/2008||Missed 2 games (suspension by MLB).|
|9/26/2008||Suspension reduced to 2 games.|
|9/22/2008||Suspended by MLB for 3 games.|
|8/29/2008||Missed 66 games (right elbow inflammation).|
|6/12/2008||Right elbow inflammation, 15-day DL.|
|5/25/2008||Missed 2 games (finger injury).|
|5/23/2008||Finger injury, day-to-day.|
|5/09/2008||Missed 1 game (neck injury).|
|5/08/2008||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|5/07/2008||Missed 1 game (neck injury).|
|5/06/2008||Neck injury, day-to-day.|
|4/03/2008||Missed 1 game (left hamstring injury).|
|3/31/2008||Left hamstring injury, day-to-day.|
|4/17/2007||Missed 6 games (quadricep injury).|
|4/10/2007||Quadricep injury, day-to-day.|
|4/05/2005||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a five-year contract with a club option for 2010.|
|3/03/2005||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|8/07/2004||Missed 2 games (hamstring).|
|6/14/2004||Missed 3 games (right foot injury).|
|6/11/2004||Right foot injury, day-to-day.|
|3/05/2004||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|9/02/2003||Missed 23 games (sprained right ankle).|
|8/09/2003||Sprained right ankle, 15-day DL.|
|6/27/2003||Recalled from Buffalo (AAA).|
|3/17/2003||Optioned to Buffalo (AAA).|
|3/03/2003||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|9/09/2002||Recalled from Akron (AA).|
|3/17/2002||Optioned to Akron (AA).|
|3/01/2002||Agreed to terms with the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|3/20/2001||Optioned to minor league camp.|
|11/26/2010||Signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers.|
|7/31/2009||Cleveland Indians traded Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox for Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price.|
|7/15/1996||Signed as nondrafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians.|
Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to scorch the ball during postseason play. | 10/03/2014 4:42 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez continues to scorch the ball during postseason play.
ImpactAfter a two-RBI afternoon, Martinez is now 3-for-8 in the ALDS with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored. He will need to keep it going if the Tigers do not want to be swept out of the series.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez picks up where he left off. | 10/02/2014 9:33 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez picks up where he left off.
ImpactAfter having arguably the best season of his career, Martinez wasted no time slugging his first homer of the postseason, in the second inning. It was his only hit of the evening. Martinez continues to be a recommended daily play.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez has big night in win over Minnesota. | 09/25/2014 10:13 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez has big night in win over Minnesota.
ImpactHe was 3-for-4 with a homer, double, and run scored. He now has an impressive 32 homeruns and 102 RBI on the year. If it weren't for Mike Trout, Martinez would most likely be the front runner for AL MVP honors.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and a 1.516 OPS against White Sox ace Chris Sale. | 09/24/2014 11:37 AM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez is a career .536 hitter (15-for-28) with three homers and a 1.516 OPS against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
ImpactMartinez is simply putting together the best season of his 12-year career. He is hitting .335 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI and a league-leading .972 OPS. He's also been crushing the ball this month, batting .378 with a 1.104 OPS so make him a must start.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Monday, but Detroit stranded eight base runners and lost, 2-0. | 09/22/2014 9:55 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Monday, but Detroit stranded eight base runners and lost, 2-0.
ImpactMartinez had a single and his 32nd double of the year. Martinez is hitting .336/.407/.566 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI this year.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday against the Indians. | 09/12/2014 10:42 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI on Friday against the Indians.
ImpactMartinez came into the game going 0-for-6 in his last two games, so the DH is back on track. He is second to only Jose Altuve in batting average at .335 and is ranked in the top 10 in the American League in both home runs (30) and RBI (97) this year.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered again Thursday, his career-best 29th of the season. | 09/04/2014 11:59 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez homered again Thursday, his career-best 29th of the season.
ImpactMartinez has batted .332 with 29 HR, 93 RBI and has been better for fantasy owners than two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Monday against Cleveland. | 09/01/2014 8:14 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez homered for the fourth time in his last nine games Monday against Cleveland.
ImpactMartinez has batted .358 with seven homers, 32 RBI, 21 walks and 22 runs in his last 32 games. He's second in the AL with a .329 average.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday. | 08/30/2014 4:22 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday.
ImpactMartinez extended his hitting streak to seven games. Over that stretch, he is hitting .419 with four extra-base hits, eight RBI and ten runs.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .520 (13-for-25) hitter with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI against White Sox starter Chris Sale. | 08/30/2014 10:28 AM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez is a lifetime .520 (13-for-25) hitter with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI against White Sox starter Chris Sale.
ImpactMartinez comes into the game with a seven-game winning streak. During that stretch, the designated hitter is batting .394 with three extra-base hits, six RBI and nine runs. He should be already but put Martinez in your lineup.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez now has a new career high in home runs with 26. | 08/27/2014 10:46 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez now has a new career high in home runs with 26.
ImpactHe went 1-for-3 with a solo blast Wednesday against the Yankees. The DH is hitting .327 with 85 RBI, 69 runs and a .951 OPS this season.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez is on fire and has a nice matchup against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy. | 08/26/2014 10:53 AM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez is on fire and has a nice matchup against Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy.
ImpactMartinez is a career .375 hitter against the Yankees starter. He's batted .409 over the past two weeks and for the season is hitting .328 with a career-high 25 HR along with 84 RBI. Beware, the weather forecast calls for a 70-80 percent chance of rain.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 25th homer of the season Sunday against the Twins, tying his career high. | 08/24/2014 7:03 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 25th homer of the season Sunday against the Twins, tying his career high.
ImpactMartinez' outstanding season continues. He went 3-for-6 with four RBI Sunday and has 26 RBI in August. The AL batting title is going to be a four-man race between Jose Altuve (.334), Martinez (.328), Adrian Beltre (.327) and Robinson Cano (.326).
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and five RBI Wednesday at Tampa Bay. | 08/20/2014 9:54 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a walk and five RBI Wednesday at Tampa Bay.
ImpactMartinez has driven in 21 runs in August and 79 on the season. He's batting .325 with 24 homers, 61 runs and a .945 OPS. He's one homer away from tying his career high.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to pound the baseball in what should end up being the best season of his career. | 08/14/2014 10:36 AM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez continues to pound the baseball in what should end up being the best season of his career.
ImpactMartinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates to raise his average to .323 with 23 HR, 71 RBI and a .937 OPS. Add in he's a career .481 hitter (13-for-27) against Pittsburgh's Thursday starter, Francisco Liriano, and it makes him a must start.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates. | 08/13/2014 10:22 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI Wednesday against the Pirates.
ImpactMartinez went 0-for-4 Tuesday, but he hasn't gone more than one game without a hit since he went 0-for-8 in a doubleheader on July 19.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez has batted .355 in 76 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle. | 08/10/2014 12:06 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez has batted .355 in 76 at-bats against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle.
ImpactThat includes two doubles and four homers. Martinez is having a great month of August so far, hitting .344 with two homers, 10 RBI and a .999 OPS, and Buehrle has posted a 5.15 ERA since June 12. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday.
It's only Aug 3 and Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 23rd home run of the season to tie his second-best season total. | 08/03/2014 4:12 PM
NewsIt's only Aug 3 and Tigers DH Victor Martinez hit his 23rd home run of the season to tie his second-best season total.
ImpactHe's just two home runs behind his career high of 25 with 56 games still on the schedule. Martinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games, but appeared to be healthy again. He's batting .321 with 63 RBI and a .948 OPS.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury. | 07/19/2014 10:13 AM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez (back) went 2-for-4 in his first day back from injury.
ImpactMartinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games, but appeared to be healthy. He's batting .330 with 21 HR, 55 RBI and a .990 OPS.
Victor Martinez has two hits in return Friday | 07/18/2014 11:49 PM
NewsVictor Martinez returned to the Tigers lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against the Indians.
ImpactV-Mart had been on the shelf since July 4 due to a variety of ailments including a strained oblique. The 35-year-old is enjoying a phenomenal season at the dish, slashing .330/.392/.598 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in his 91 games.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez (back) is in the lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com. | 07/18/2014 5:16 PM
NewsTigers DH Victor Martinez (back) is in the lineup Friday, according to Chris Iott of mlive.com.
ImpactMartinez had a hard time shaking a back injury prior to the All-Star break and missed 11 of the past 13 games.
Victor Martinez back in Tigers' lineup Friday | 07/18/2014 3:38 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactMartinez hasn't played since July 4 due to a strained oblique, but the Tigers waited it out and will get a couple extra games out of V-Mart than they would have had he been placed on the DL. V-Mart is sporting a robust .328/.391/.599 batting line with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games this season.
Victor Martinez (oblique) expected back Fri. | 07/12/2014 4:16 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (oblique) is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactMartinez has been sidelined with an oblique injury since July 4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the designated hitter is doing better and should be ready to go for the club's first game after the All-Star break.
Victor Martinez (oblique) feeling better | 07/11/2014 9:45 AM
NewsVictor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."
ImpactTigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week.
V-Mart (side) out again Thursday | 07/10/2014 4:28 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.
V-Mart (side) won't play before AS break | 07/09/2014 12:47 PM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.
Lynn Henning on Twitter
ImpactMartinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.
Victor Martinez (side) still out Wednesday | 07/09/2014 9:53 AM
NewsVictor Martinez (side) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactThe Tigers are likely to hold Martinez out until the All-Star break at this point, hoping he'll be ready immediately at the start of the second half. He hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side.
Tigers haven't considered DL for V-Mart | 07/08/2014 7:29 PM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that the topic of Victor Martinez (side) going on the disabled list has "been broached but it's not really been considered."
ImpactThe Tigers are trying to wait it out until the All-Star break, though they haven't ruled out V-Mart returning before then. If they make a retroactive DL move, Martinez wouldn't be eligible to return until the fourth game of the second half. J.D. Martinez is in the DH spot Tuesday.
Victor Martinez out of lineup again Tuesday | 07/08/2014 3:04 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (side, back) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Tuesday.
Eric Stephen on Twitter
ImpactMartinez hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with back soreness. He has also dealt with an injury to his side in recent days, so we wouldn't count on much from him this week.
Victor Martinez could be out until break | 07/05/2014 2:29 PM
NewsTigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they're taking things day-to-day with Victor Martinez, but could shut him down until after the All-Star break if "push comes to shove".
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactMartinez has been an absolute force at the plate this season, slashing .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games. He has been dealing with injuries to his side and back in recent weeks, and was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game.
Victor Martinez not in Saturday's lineup | 07/05/2014 12:36 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (back) is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.
Detroit Tigers PR on Twitter
ImpactIt's not a surprise after Martinez was pulled from Friday's game with a back injury. He's likely to sit on Sunday as well before rejoining the Tigers starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Victor Martinez leaves Friday with sore back | 07/04/2014 10:13 PM
NewsVictor Martinez was removed from the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Rays due to a sore back.
Detroit Tigers PR on Twitter
ImpactMartinez has been battling various ailments over the past week, forcing him to miss three games to start the week. He was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a day to rest on Saturday.
Martinez hits one of 3 first-inning Tiger HRs | 07/03/2014 9:54 PM
NewsVictor Martinez slugged one of the Tigers' three home runs in the first inning, going 2-for-3 with a walk overall in Thursday's trampling of the Rays.
ImpactErik Bedard didn't have much fun facing the Tigers. Ian Kinsler slugged a two run shot, Martinez followed up with a two-run shot of his own, and Torii Hunter polished off the inning with a solo blast. Martinez has been the Tigers' best hitter this season, which is quite an accomplishment considering who's at first base. The DH is slashing .327/.389/.600 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI.
Victor Martinez returns to Tigers' lineup | 07/03/2014 5:18 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactMartinez missed the previous three games due to soreness in his rib cage area. It's an injury that can be aggravated easily, so hopefully V-Mart is past it. The designated hitter is sporting a .323/.384/.589 batting line with 20 homers and 52 RBI over 78 games this season.
V-Mart (ribs) out of Wednesday's lineup | 07/02/2014 10:00 AM
NewsVictor Martinez (ribs) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
Matt Slovin on Twitter
ImpactHe's now missed three straight starts due to soreness in his rib cage area. The Tigers haven't indicated to this point that it's more than a day-to-day injury for Martinez, but obviously the disabled list will be considered if the ailment lingers.
Victor Martinez (ribs) out again on Tuesday | 07/01/2014 3:30 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (ribs) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactMartinez had to be scratched from Monday's game due to soreness in his rib cage and didn't feel well enough to give it a go Tuesday night in Detroit. J.D. Martinez is batting cleanup again versus Oakland.
Martinez keeps up hot hitting with two hits | 06/26/2014 11:23 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Rangers.
ImpactThat's now eight multi-hit games for Martinez out of his last 12. The DH is having an otherworldly season, slashing .333/.394/.611 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI. A player's HR/K ratio is not normally tracked, but Martinez is interestingly at 20/22. Just another reason why Martinez's 2014 season demands some respect.
V-Mart homers, drives in two in win over CLE | 06/21/2014 11:10 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the Tigers' win over the Indians on Saturday.
ImpactMartinez launched a solo shot in the top of the second inning and smacked an RBI single in the top of the sixth. The 35-year-old has an impressive .331/.387/.606 batting line with 19 home runs and 49 RBI in 71 games this season. He's on pace for 43 homers and 112 RBI.
Martinez hits 16th homer in win over Palehose | 06/12/2014 11:09 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.
ImpactMartinez's fifth-inning homer off of Chris Sale was all the run support Max Scherzer would need. It's his third homer in June and 16th overall on the season, as his magical season continues. Martinez is slashing .329/.383/.598 with 41 RBI on the season.
Victor Martinez hits 14th homer as Tigers win | 06/06/2014 10:03 PM
NewsVictor Martinez clubbed his 14th home run of the season on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Red Sox.
ImpactMartinez finished the night 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI. He drove home his first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and added a solo homer off Chris Capuano in the eighth inning. He has been an absolute monster at the dish this season, slashing .332/.388/.589 with the aforementioned 14 bombs and 36 RBI.
Martinez boosts league-leading AVG to .338 | 06/03/2014 10:11 PM
NewsVictor Martinez boosted his AL-best batting average to .338 with two hits in four at-bats in Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactMartinez went hitless in consecutive starts on Saturday and Sunday for the first time all season, but rebounded nicely with a pair of singles on Tuesday. The Tigers' DH maintains his league-leading average and is slashing .338/.392/.593 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI on the season.
Victor Martinez hits 13th homer in win | 05/31/2014 1:41 AM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Hisashi Iwakuma on Friday.
ImpactThat's 13 homers in 51 games for Martinez. It's one more than he had 145 games in his first year with the Tigers in 2011 and just one fewer than he had in 159 games last year. He's more than halfway to his career high of 25 established in 2007. He's also back to having exactly as many homers as strikeouts this year.
Victor Martinez homers again in loss | 05/21/2014 5:30 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a solo homer and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Indians.
ImpactHe also didn't strike out, which means he now has 12 longballs with just 11 strikeouts on the season. Martinez's dinger Wednesday was his eighth of May, which is the most he's hit in any month during his career. He has 10 more games this month to add on to the total.
Martinez blasts 10th homer, Tigers sweep Sox | 05/18/2014 11:36 PM
NewsVictor Martinez belted his 10th home run of the season on Sunday, helping to power the Tigers to a 6-2 victory and a sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
ImpactMartinez fell behind 0-2, but battled back to deposit a Jake Peavy offering over the wall in right-center for a two-run shot in the three-run third inning. He's been a monster at the plate thus far, slashing .333/.380/.599 with 10 homers and 25 RBI. Astoundingly, he has struck out just nine times on the season in 147 at-bats.
Victor Martinez stays hot, pounds 9th homer | 05/13/2014 10:25 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Tigers defeated the Orioles on Tuesday.
ImpactMartinez piled on, hitting his solo home run immediately after Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Martinez, 35, now has nine home runs and is slashing a ridiculous .336/.384/.603. He has hit safely in 14 out of his last 16 games, which includes seven multi-hit games.
Martinez launches eighth home run in victory | 05/10/2014 4:04 PM
NewsVictor Martinez launched his eighth home run of the season, and fourth of the week, as the Tigers trounced the Twins on Saturday in Motown.
ImpactV-Mart also doubled in the contest, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 with three RBI. His three-run blast came off of Michael Tonkin in the seventh inning, putting the game out of reach of the Twins. He's off to a spectacular start at the plate, slashing .328/.381/.588 with eight long balls and 22 RBI.
Victor Martinez hits seventh homer | 05/08/2014 3:54 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Thursday versus the Astros.
ImpactThat's three homers in four games and seven on the year for Martinez. In 30 games, he's already amassed half as many homers as he did in 159 games last year. Unfortunately, all seven of Martinez's homers have been solo shots. He's still getting his singles in RBI situations, but he just hasn't had as many men on base as expected.
Victor Martinez homer leads Tigers to victory | 05/05/2014 10:19 PM
NewsVictor Martinez belted a solo home run on Monday, helping to power the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over the Astros.
ImpactHis eighth inning blast off Anthony Bass was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but provided a valuable insurance run for the Tigers. He's been as good as ever with the stick thus far, slashing .323/.381/.535 with five long balls and 16 RBI.
Victor Martinez has three hits to lead Tigers | 05/02/2014 11:31 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, leading the Tigers to an 8-2 victory over the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
ImpactMartinez delivered an RBI double off starter James Shields in the third inning, and came through with an RBI single in the seventh to increase the Tigers advantage to 6-2. He's now hitting .315/.354/.506 with 15 RBI on the season and remains a very consistent run producer in the middle of the Tigers lineup.
V-Mart drives in two runs as Tigers beat CHW | 04/30/2014 5:31 PM
NewsVictor Martinez drove in two runs Wednesday in the Tigers' defeat of the White Sox.
ImpactV-Mart scored Torii Hunter on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning -- part of a four-run frame for Detroit -- and then drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. He also went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Tuesday night and is now batting .298/.340/.476 on the young season.
Martinez has two hits, RBI in win over Sox | 04/30/2014 12:26 AM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the White Sox on Tuesday.
ImpactMartinez singled in the Tigers' first run of the game in the fourth inning before scoring the game-tying run in the sixth. He's scored in each of the last three games, and the 35-year-old has hit in 11 of his last 13 games. With the two-hit day, Martinez raised his season line to .296/.337/.481.
Victor Martinez leaves yard in loss to Twins | 04/26/2014 7:15 PM
NewsVictor Martinez swatted a solo home run in a losing effort against the Twins on Saturday.
ImpactHe also plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, finishing the afternoon 1-for-3 with two RBI. He's off to a nice start to the 2014 campaign, slashing .286/.329/.481 with four homers and 10 RBI.
Victor Martinez reaches four times in victory | 04/19/2014 4:32 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, reaching base all four times in Saturday's victory over the Angels.
ImpactMartinez tagged opposing starter C.J. Wilson for a solo homer in the fifth inning to increase the Tigers advantage to 4-1. He's been terrific in the early part of the season, slashing .333/.400/.542 with three homers and seven RBI in his first 14 games.
Victor Martinez gets start behind plate | 03/15/2014 4:47 PM
NewsVictor Martinez got the start at catcher for the Tigers on Saturday and went 1-for-3 against the Astros.
ImpactWith the Tigers playing early games in NL parks, Martinez will have one-game catcher eligibility quite soon in fantasy leagues. Those who need him to play in five games behind the plate to qualify will likely have to wait considerably longer, but it sounds like he'll get there eventually.
Victor Martinez knocks in two against Braves | 02/26/2014 4:59 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a rare stolen base against in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Braves on Wednesday.
ImpactThe game was delayed and quickly called due to rain in the bottom of the ninth. Martinez's steal, as you might expect, came on the back end of a double-steal with Rajai Davis. He has just four career steals in 11 seasons and never more than one in a year.
Victor Martinez to catch more this season | 02/14/2014 11:54 AM
NewsTom Gage of the Detroit News writes that Victor Martinez will "probably" catch more this season than he did last year.
ImpactMartinez caught three games last season even after not catching at all during spring training. He'll work out behind the plate in camp this year, though, in preparation for being used there more this season. "I called Victor in early January and asked him about catching," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was thrilled about it. But there is a reason why I asked him to come down early. We play 10 games in National League parks this year." It sounds like V-Mart will have a shot to re-gain catcher eligibility in fantasy leagues at some point this season, which would obviously be a big boost to his value.
V-Mart hopes to stay with Tigers long term | 01/28/2014 10:26 AM
NewsVictor Martinez wants to stay with the Tigers beyond 2014.
Impact"I want to stay here, yes," Martinez said. "But they have a lot going on. They have Scherzer; they have Miggy." V-Mart is in the final season of his four-year contract. The 35-year-old was awful over the first few months of the season as he worked his way back from an injury-wasted 2012, but hit .370 from June 29 on. Detroit's designated hitter will pocket $12 million in 2014 and hit the open market next winter.
Victor Martinez plates two in loss to Red Sox | 10/20/2013 12:02 AM
NewsVictor Martinez went 1-for-4 and plated both Tigers runs in Saturday's season-ending defeat at the hand of the Red Sox.
ImpactMartinez came to the dish with the bases loaded, no outs, and the Tigers trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning. He hammered a two-run single off the Green Monster in left to give the Tigers the lead, but that would be the high point of their evening. In part due to huge baserunning gaffes, the rally would soon fizzle, and the Tigers bats remained silent for the remainder of the night. Martinez wraps up a tremendous postseason in which he hit .405 (17-for-42) with a homer and five RBI.
Victor Martinez could be an option at catcher | 10/18/2013 7:03 PM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland indicated Friday that Victor Martinez could be an option to start behind the plate in Game 6 of the ALCS on Saturday if Alex Avila isn't ready to go.
George Sipple on Twitter
ImpactAvila suffered a strained knee in a collision at home plate in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox in Game 5. He's listed as day-to-day, and the team will wait and see how he feels on Saturday before making a decision. Martinez caught just three games during the 2013 season.
V-Mart says he feels fine after quad cramp | 10/16/2013 9:45 AM
NewsVictor Martinez feels fine after leaving Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday due to a quad cramp.
ImpactV-Mart tweaked his left quad after hitting a single in the ninth inning on Tuesday and was removed for a pinch-runner, but it's not a major concern. "Just a little cramp. but that was it," said Martinez. "Anyway, I was going to get a pinch-runner, so not a big deal." Look for him to be back in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday. V-Mart is hitting .419 (13-for-31) with one home run, four doubles, and three RBI this postseason.
V-Mart has two hits, two RBI in win over M's | 09/19/2013 4:12 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two walks in a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Thursday.
ImpactHis seventh inning RBI double put the Tigers ahead for good. V-Mart was making his third start of the season behind the plate, though it doesn't look like he'll get enough games there to keep his eligibility for 2014 in most leagues. That will ding his value.
V-Mart to start at catcher Thursday | 09/18/2013 9:43 AM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland said that Victor Martinez will catch Thursday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactIt will be his third start at catcher this season. With V-Mart behind the plate, Leyland plans to use Miguel Cabrera out of the DH spot. We could see a similar arrangement in the postseason if Cabrera is banged up, so Leyland is experimenting with the possibilities.
V-Mart has three more hits Thursday | 08/29/2013 4:44 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Athletics.
ImpactV-Mart now has four multi-hit games in his last five. He's hitting a scorching .391 over his last 55 games, raising his batting average from .225 to .297 in the process. Those fantasy owners who were patient are feeling pretty good right now.
Victor Martinez goes 4-for-5 in loss | 08/26/2013 10:47 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 4-for-5 and hit his 11th homer Monday against the A's.
ImpactMartinez was back in the DH spot tonight after catching Friday and Sunday. He's batting a robust .366 in 145 at-bats since the All-Star break.
Victor Martinez expected to rest on Saturday | 08/23/2013 11:31 PM
NewsAfter catching his first game of the season on Friday, Victor Martinez is expected to rest on Saturday, and return behind the plate for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.
Vincent Ellis on Twitter
ImpactMartinez said that his knees felt great after Friday's game. Even with a few games behind the plate however, he is unlikely to retain his catcher eligibility in most fantasy leagues for 2014, sapping his value in most formats.
V-Mart could be used at catcher this weekend | 08/21/2013 4:14 PM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland acknowledged that he is considering using Victor Martinez behind the plate this weekend against the Mets.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart was seen working out in catching gear Wednesday afternoon, but that doesn't mean he'll definitely see game action behind the plate. "I'm contemplating, contemplating only, catching him a game in New York," said Leyland.
V-Mart warms up in catching gear | 08/21/2013 3:31 PM
NewsVictor Martinez warmed up in catching gear on Wednesday.
Matthew Mowery on Twitter
ImpactVery interesting. V-Mart has been the Tigers' emergency catcher all season, but he hasn't been warming up in catching gear until now. The Tigers will play under National League rules this weekend against the Mets, so perhaps we could see him get some work behind the plate. The 34-year-old hasn't caught a game since August 4, 2011.
Martinez goes 2-for-3 with 2 walks in win | 08/04/2013 5:34 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Sunday's 3-2, 12-inning victory against the White Sox.
ImpactHe went 0-for-7 in the series' first two games. V-Mart was positively dreadful in April and May, but a respectable June led to an onslaught in July in which the veteran catcher slashed .390/.429/.581 and collected 20 RBI in 105 at-bats. He entered play on Sunday batting .339/.362 /.482 in the second half. Martinez needs to be active in all formats while he's scorching hot.
Victor Martinez goes deep in Tigers' loss | 07/25/2013 6:12 PM
NewsVictor Martinez belted a solo homer in Thursday's loss to the White Sox.
ImpactIt was one of three longballs the Tigers had on the day -- Torii Hunter and Brayan Pena had the others -- but they got out-slugged by the White Sox. Martinez is batting .398 over his last 23 games, upping his average from .225 to a much more respectable .267 in the process.
Victor Martinez goes 4-for-5 in victory | 07/23/2013 12:18 AM
NewsVictor Martinez had a four-hit game and drove in three runs against the White Sox on Monday.
ImpactMartinez is batting .425 in 73 at-bats this month. It was all singles tonight, but he does have eight doubles and a couple of homers in 18 games during July.
V-Mart has three hits in loss to White Sox | 07/11/2013 4:50 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a run scored Thursday against the White Sox.
ImpactV-Mart has now hit safely in 13 straight games, pulling his batting up from .225 to .260 in the process. Those who have been patient in fantasy leagues are finally getting some payoff.
Victor Martinez has decisive hit in win | 07/08/2013 11:45 PM
NewsVictor Martinez delivered a two-run double in the top of the 10th to lead the Tigers past the Indians 4-2 on Monday.
ImpactIt seems like Victor is getting better by the week, and while he's yet to put it all together, he has been a useful fantasy catcher since the beginning of May. He's now hit in 10 straight, raising his average from .225 to .245.
V-Mart homers as Tigers defeat Red Sox | 06/22/2013 10:40 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI as the Tigers beat the Red Sox on Saturday.
ImpactBoston scored two runs in the top of the first inning off Max Scherzer but the Tigers countered in the bottom half of that frame with a V-Mart grand slam. Martinez then added an RBI double in the fifth. This might be the start of something good.
Leyland says V-Mart won't be used at catcher | 06/18/2013 3:41 PM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland reiterated Tuesday that Victor Martinez will not catch unless there's an emergency.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactLeyland has already said it on multiple occasions, but the topic was raised again after Alex Avila (forearm) was placed on the disabled list Monday. "I won't catch Victor unless it's some freak situation," said Leyland. The Tigers will go with Brayan Pena and Bryan Holaday behind the plate for now.
Martinez has three hits, HR to lead Tigers | 06/07/2013 10:23 PM
NewsVictor Martinez homered for the second consecutive night, helping to power the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the Indians on Friday.
ImpactMartinez finished the night 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. He's really turned it on once the calendar flipped to June, as he's hitting .347 (8-for-23) with three homers and five RBI through six games.
V-Mart out of lineup again Thursday | 05/30/2013 5:42 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart is taking a seat again with the DH unavailable under National League rules in Pittsburgh. He should be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Orioles.
V-Mart not in Wednesday's lineup vs. Pirates | 05/29/2013 3:24 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.
Chris Iott on Twitter
ImpactHe'll take a seat since the DH isn't available under National League rules. Tigers manager Jim Leyland hasn't said anything about him playing first base on Thursday, so it would be a good idea to have a backup plan in place in daily leagues.
Martinez goes 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI | 05/28/2013 4:11 AM
NewsVictor Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Monday's victory against the Pirates.
ImpactDon't look now, but V-Mart has a five-game hitting streak going. The veteran designated hitter still sits at an anemic .230/.277/.310 slash line, but he's been unlucky in a few peripherals, including BABIP, and we're confident his recent success represents a harbinger of better things to come.
Victor Martinez homers against Astros | 05/13/2013 10:20 PM
NewsVictor Martinez hit a two-run homer off Houston's Bud Norris in the Tigers' victory Monday.
ImpactMartinez still isn't hitting for average, but at least he's come through with two homers and eight RBI in 11 games so far this month. He figures to improve as the season goes along.
V-Mart not in Tuesday's lineup | 05/07/2013 3:34 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.
Detroit Tigers on Twitter
ImpactThe DH isn't available under National League rules, so V-Mart will take a seat. Fantasy owners should prepare themselves for the possibility that he'll also be out of the lineup Wednesday.
Victor Martinez hitless again | 04/25/2013 5:06 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Royals, dropping his average to .187.
ImpactV-Mart had five hits in a two-game stretch from April 16-17 to push his average to a season-high .216, but he's managed just three base knocks in 24 at-bats since. He's also yet to go deep and has just two doubles. The important thing is that he feels healthy, so he represents a nice buy-low opportunity if his owner is selling.
Victor Martinez goes 3-for-4 | 04/17/2013 1:38 AM
NewsVictor Martinez had three hits Tuesday to raise his average from .146 to .194.
ImpactIt's a start. One of the hits tonight was Martinez's first double of the year.
V-Mart (thumb) expected to return Wednesday | 04/10/2013 10:12 AM
NewsVictor Martinez (thumb) is tentatively in Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart sat out Tuesday's game after he cut his right thumb on the bat rack and required eight stitches. While he's in the lineup for now, things could change if he feels discomfort during pre-game warm-ups.
V-Mart out Tuesday with cut on thumb | 04/09/2013 10:43 AM
NewsVictor Martinez is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays with a cut on his right thumb.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart required eight stitches after cutting his thumb on the bat rack, but the good news is that he's considered day-to-day. Andy Dirks will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday while Don Kelly will start in left field.
V-Mart not hitting lefty due to sore back | 03/06/2013 2:39 PM
NewsVictor Martinez is unable to hit from the left side of the plate because of minor back soreness.
Jason Beck on Twitter
ImpactThe veteran switch-hitter told reporters that he expects to resume hitting lefty within the next "couple days." Martinez is fully recovered from last year's knee surgery and should start at DH for the Tigers on Opening Day.
Leyland reassures that Martinez is 'fine' | 03/03/2013 12:08 AM
NewsTigers manager Jim Leyland said he is "backing off" of using Victor Martinez as much as he has early in spring but reiterated that the designated hitter is "fine."
Detroit Free Press
ImpactMartinez, 34, missed the entire 2012 season while recovering a torn ACL in his left knee, so Leyland is just being cautious with his veteran. The switch-hitting former catcher will be charged with protecting Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the Tigers lineup, a spot that will most certainly come with plenty of RBI opportunities in 2013.
Victor Martinez goes 3-for-3, homers | 02/24/2013 6:39 PM
NewsVictor Martinez went 3-for-3 with a homer off Roy Hallday in a tie game between the Tigers and Phillies on Sunday.
ImpactThe game ended deadlocked at 5 after 10 innings. Martinez was a DH today, and he'll occupy that spot throughout most of the spring and season. However, he is expected to get a start at first base when Prince Fielder gets a day off this week.
V-Mart (knee) pleased with spring debut | 02/22/2013 5:45 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (knee) felt good after making his Grapefruit League debut Friday against the Braves.
ImpactIn his first game action since knee surgery last year, V-Mart served as the DH and went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch. "Honestly, I'm not really thinking about the knee," said Martinez. "I'm just letting the fans know, I'm not thinking about it. I come to spring training now like I used to be: just getting ready to get to the season." Projected to be the Tigers' No. 5 hitter this season, Martinez could prove to be a real bargain in fantasy leagues where he still qualifies at the catcher position.
V-Mart plans to be available at catcher | 02/13/2013 11:49 AM
NewsVictor Martinez (knee) said Wednesday that he plans to be available at catcher during interleague play.
Impact"I'm still catching," said Martinez, who is working his way back from left knee surgery. "I don't see the reason why not. I always work hard to play. I always work hard to catch. I've always been in the shape that I am right now. I don't see any reason. But we'll take it slow. It's the first day." Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski recently said that V-Mart won't catch at all in 2013, but manager Jim Leyland didn't completely rule out the possibility when asked on Wednesday. Still, we're guessing he would only get a look behind the plate in an emergency situation.
Victor Martinez 'looks unbelievable' | 02/08/2013 10:33 AM
NewsTigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said Victor Martinez (knee) has looked "unbelievable" at the plate during early hitting at the Tigers' spring training complex.
Impact"Victor looks unbelievable," McClendon said. "I am really, really impressed with what I've seen. He's in great shape, and he's swinging the bat extremely well. A lot of zip, a lot of pop, it doesn't look like he's lost anything." V-Mart missed all of 2012 while recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, but it sounds like he's back to normal and ready for a big bounce-back season.
V-Mart says he's recovered from knee surgery | 02/07/2013 3:38 PM
NewsVictor Martinez told reporters on Thursday afternoon that he is fully recovered from left knee surgery.
Tom Gage on Twitter
Impact"I'm ready to go, man," said V-Mart. "I'm ready to go." The 34-year-old slugger has already reported to the Tigers' spring training complex in Lakeland, Florida and is quickly rounding into a massive fantasy sleeper for 2013. He hit .330/.380/.470 with 12 home runs and 103 RBI in 145 games with the Tigers in 2011 before missing all of 2012 due to knee troubles.
V-Mart (knee) won't catch in 2013 | 01/16/2013 1:40 PM
NewsTigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that Victor Martinez (knee) will not catch at all in 2013.
Jim Duquette on Twitter
ImpactV-Mart missed all of 2012 while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and is expected to serve as the club's primary designated hitter in 2013. Meanwhile, Alex Avila and Brayan Pena will handle catching duties. Fortunately Martinez is still catcher-eligible in most fantasy leagues, though his value will likely take a big hit going into 2014.
V-Mart (knee) begins running program | 01/15/2013 2:49 PM
NewsVictor Martinez (knee) began a running program Friday.
FOX Sports Detroit
Impact"Victor is not running at full speed, but he is running very well," said Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. V-Mart is doing low-volume work right now, but will progress to higher-volume work in time. The Tigers plan to take it easy with him during spring training, but the expectation is that he'll be ready on Opening Day. While Martinez is poised to serve as the club's primary DH in 2013, he still holds significant fantasy value because of his catcher-eligibility.
Victor Martinez to be 100% by spring training | 01/12/2013 5:40 PM
NewsJose Mijares, the agent for Victor Martinez, stated Saturday that his client will be healthy and 100% for spring training.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactTigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand issued a similar sentiment on Friday. Martinez, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, should have no very little difficulty regaining his status as one of the elite offensive catchers in the fantasy game.
Victor Martinez doing well in recovery | 01/11/2013 10:43 AM
NewsTigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Victor Martinez (knee) has "been hitting for a bit more than a month" and "will initiate a baserunning program (Friday)."
ImpactMartinez, of course, is coming back from microfracture surgery on his left knee, but he's not expected to be limited during spring training and will be the regular DH for the Tigers in 2013. "He's doing real, real well," Rand said. "He's been hitting for a bit more than a month, from soft-toss swings to regular swings, feeling real well, and with no issues. He's been doing a running progression that's up to 20 minutes, again, without any issues. And he will initiate a baserunning program (Friday)."
|Date||Team||Opp||POS||AB||R||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||K||SB||CS||YTD OBP||YTD SLG||YTD AVG||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|At Bats||6||3 times-last: at Min||last: Aug 24||6|
|Runs||3||at Cle||May 21||3|
|Hits||3||14 times-last: vs. Min||last: Sep 25||4|
|Doubles||2||2 times-last: at Min||last: Sep 15||2|
|Home Runs||1||33 times-last: at Bal||last: Oct 2||1|
|Total Bases||7||3 times-last: vs. Min||last: Sep 25||7|
|Extra-Base Hits||2||10 times-last: vs. Min||last: Sep 25||2|
|Runs Batted In||5||at TB||Aug 20||5|
|Base on Balls||3||3 times-last: at Cle||last: Sep 4||2|
|Times on Base||5||at Tor||Aug 10||4|
|Stolen Bases||1||3 times-last: at NYA||last: Aug 5||0|
|Caught Stealing||1||2 times-last: at Bal||last: May 13||1|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||605||2013 (Det)|
|Doubles||40||2 times-last: 2011 (Det)|
|Triples||1||3 times-last: 2010 (Bos)|
|Home Runs||25||2007 (Cle)|
|Total Bases||284||2007 (Cle)|
|Extra-Base Hits||65||2007 (Cle)|
|Runs Batted In||114||2007 (Cle)|
|Base on Balls||75||2009 (Cle/Bos)|
|Times on Base||256||2009 (Cle/Bos)|
|Strikeouts||78||2 times-last: 2006 (Cle)|
|Stolen Bases||1||4 times-last: 2011 (Det)|
|Caught Stealing||2||2013 (Det)|
|Batting Average||.330||2011 (Det)|
|On Base Percentage||.391||2006 (Cle)|
|Slugging Percentage||.505||2007 (Cle)|