Victor Martinez, The Force Behind The 2018 Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - JULY 29: Victor Martinez
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After a disastrous and demoralizing 2017 season, the Detroit Tigers need Victor Martinez if they are to succeed this year.

Victor Martinez began his successful career with the Detroit Tigers in the spring of 2015. The 39-year-old Venezuelan is now entering his 17th year in the major leagues.

He was first signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1996.

In 2002, at the age of 23, he made his major league debut as a September call-up for the Indians. Since his first full year in the major leagues in 2004, Victor has been one of the most prolific bats in any line-up he has been in.

Victor Martinez’ major league career has included all-star stints in Cleveland and Boston. In 2014 he finished second in MVP balloting and was quickly signed by the Tigers for a $50 million/ 4-year contract.

Victor’s career has included 5 all-star appearances (2004,2007,2009,2010, 2014) and 2 Silver Slugger Awards (2004,2013). He was also awarded the Edgar Martinez Award for best Designated Hitter in 2014.