Detroit Tigers Links: V-Mart is Tiger of Year and MVP finalist, Ian Kinsler screwed out of Gold Glove


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There was no other choice, right? Victor Martinez was named Tiger of the Year for 2013 and it really was no contest. V-Mart’s next honor could be MVP as he was announced as a finalist among Mike Trout of the Angels and Michael Brantley of the Indians. Trout is a virtual shoe-in however, but it would kinda be sad for the reigning Tiger of the Year and runner up to the MVP playing elsewhere next season, wouldn’t it?

Finally, the Tigers were shutout for a Gold Glove award for the fifth straight season. The last player to take home the golden mitt was Placido Polanco in his final year in Detroit of 2009.  There is no way that anyone who watched 162 games of Ian Kinsler at second base for the Detroit Tigers could have possibly passed him up for a player on a last place team. What we saw at second here hasn’t been replicated since Lou Whitaker held down the position for a couple decades.

Victor Martinez named Tiger of the Year for 2014, becomes first designated hitter to win award – James Schmehl, MLive

"Victor Martinez was honored Tuesday as Tiger of the Year for 2014 as voted by the Detroit Chapter of Baseball Writers Association of America.It marks the first such award for Martinez, who received 17 of 21 first-place votes, with Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez and Max Scherzer each receiving one vote."

Tigers’ Victor Martinez remains in hunt for AL MVP – Tony Paul, Detroit News

"Martinez did set a career high in homers (32), and lead the league in on-base percentage (.409) and OPS (.974). But Trout had more homers, more RBIs and also plays Gold Glove-caliber defense."

No Tigers win Gold Glove Award – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

"Ian Kinsler was a finalist at second base, but Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox won his second straight and fourth career Gold Glove."