New Arrival: Victor Martinez, DH, Detroit Tigers

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I was very excited to get this autograph.  I have seen the Tigers twice in person for a total of 7 games…and was never able to get him.  He was tough.  Finally was able to knock him out through the charity program.  I do not think I will get this lucky with Miguel Cabrera.

This seasons Detroit duo of Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez reminded me of the Manny-Ortiz duo of the Boston Red Sox back in 2006-2007.  I am not sure how the stats line up, but I do know that they wrecked the Indians in much the same manner.  And I hated them.  Only with the Tigers duo I kind of respect them.  Well, Victor at least.

Its crazy that V-Mart would have the best season of his career at age 35…and its not even close.  He did it while also leaving the league in OBP and OPS…and somehow NOT leading league in OPS+ with a crazy good 168.  Jose Abreu led the league in that department with a 169.

I am still bummed that he left, and I would love to see him have a final fun with the team before he retires.  Sadly, with Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana I don’t see much space for him…but I would not mind just putting Swisher in a burlap sack and tossing him in the river to make some room on the roster.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2002 23 CLE AL 32 1 5 3 2 .281 .333 .406 .740 99
2003 24 CLE AL 159 1 16 13 21 .289 .345 .333 .678 84
2004 ★ 25 CLE AL 520 23 108 60 69 .283 .359 .492 .851 125 AS,MVP-21,SS
2005 26 CLE AL 547 20 80 63 78 .305 .378 .475 .853 130 MVP-18
2006 27 CLE AL 572 16 93 71 78 .316 .391 .465 .856 122
2007 ★ 28 CLE AL 562 25 114 62 76 .301 .374 .505 .879 129 AS,MVP-7
2008 29 CLE AL 266 2 35 24 32 .278 .337 .365 .701 88
2009 ★ 30 TOT AL 588 23 108 75 74 .303 .381 .480 .861 127 AS,MVP-21
2009 30 CLE AL 377 15 67 51 51 .284 .368 .464 .832 122
2009 30 BOS AL 211 8 41 24 23 .336 .405 .507 .912 134
2010 ★ 31 BOS AL 493 20 79 40 52 .302 .351 .493 .844 122 AS
2011 32 DET AL 540 12 103 46 51 .330 .380 .470 .850 131 MVP-16
2013 34 DET AL 605 14 83 54 62 .301 .355 .430 .785 113
2014 ★ 35 DET AL 561 32 103 70 42 .335 .409 .565 .974 168 AS
12 Yrs 5445 189 927 581 637 .306 .373 .475 .847 126
162 Game Avg. 605 21 103 65 71 .306 .373 .475 .847 126
CLE (8 yrs) 3035 103 518 347 407 .297 .369 .463 .832 120
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2014.
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