Victor Martinez to Play His Final MLB Game on Saturday

Rex Christensen
September 24, 2018

A 16-year Major League Baseball career came to a close Saturday, as Victor Martinez walked off the field for the Detroit Tigers after one last hit.

Martinez would later sign as a free agent with Detroit in 2011, where he would spend the final seven seasons of a career that included five All-Star selections and two Silver Sluggers.

Martinez will sit out Sunday's series finale against Kansas City and accompany the team on its final road trip without playing.

Martinez was joined by his family on the field during the ceremony, and he got especially emotional with his young daughter - both were in tears while they hugged for an extended period of time.

Said career has spanned parts of 16 seasons.

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Martinez also received several other items from Avila and Gardenhire, including a framed Tigers jersey and a Tigers reclining chair.

"When I say I'm leaving this game with no regrets, I'm going to leave the game with no regrets", said Martinez, who is hitting. "Thank you very much". He last played in the field in June 2016.

Nearly exclusively a designated hitter during his tenure with the Tigers, Martinez had received a start at first base at his own request, according to Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire via MLB.com. It's now clear that Martinez will hang up his spikes after taking the final at-bat of his career in front of his home crowd in Detroit - which, as Woodberry tweets, is the way the veteran wants to wrap things up. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ronny Rodriguez and received a standing ovation. He finished second in MVP voting that year and did all of it at age 35. His best season came with the Tigers in 2014 when he hit.335/.409/.565, leading the league with an impressive.974 OPS. Oh, make that 2,153 hits.

Teammates, media members and fans alike took to social media over the last few days to bid farewell to Martinez.

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