Apr 2, 2015; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) hits a long fly to right field during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Tigers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
#2: What will Victor Martinez do for an encore?
Incredible, astonishing, amazing. Say what you want about Victor Martinez’s 2014 season because it will all fit.
His .335 average and .974 OPS were some of the best numbers of his career–and he did it at 35. This is why he was deemed so valuable and was one of the reasons the Detroit Tigers made retaining V-Mart as priority number one in the off-season.
Even after signing the four-year, $68 million contract, no one really expected him to duplicate those numbers. Still we should have expected an average in the .310 area with some power regression, but still a dangerous threat in that lineup.
Then he got injured in the off-season, but not as severe as was originally thought. V-Mart is V-Mart and he will return to form, even though he hit under .200 in limited preseason action, however we cannot forgot how rusty he looked in the first few months of 2013. Shockingly, V-Mart was hitting .232 with minimal power through June!
Granted that was when he missed a full year of baseball instead of a few months in an off-season, but rust is a significant concern as Victor continues to try to get his swing in gear.
Of course it is a testament to Victor Martinez because, after having a terrible first half in 2013, he finished the year at .301. That success carried straight on into 2014.
Why do I not have similar concerns for Miguel Cabrera who is also on the mend? Well, the dude was playing on a bone fracture for much of the season last year and still managed another Hall-of-Fame-caliber season.
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