DETROIT -- After 13 years and three organizations, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez achieved yet another milestone in his career at the major league level. In the second inning, Martinez launched home run No. 200 into right field just inside the foul pole for a two-run home run in the first inning.
With his home run, Martinez becomes just the sixth Venezuelan-born player to reach 200 homers in a career. The homer also marked his 69th in a Tigers uniform since coming to the organization in 2011. Martinez joins Miguel Cabrera (407), Andres Galarraga (399), Magglio Ordonez (294), Bobby Abreu (288), and Tony Armas (251) with 200 or more homers.
On the season, Martinez is batting .243/.299/.366 with just 11 home runs as of Wednesday afternoon. After a career-year in which he earned team MVP honors, finished second in the AL MVP title, won a Silver Slugger Award, and went to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Martinez has battled injuries that made him a shell of his former self.
The Tigers placed him on the disabled list for over a month and while he did do better for a short time, Martinez regressed to producing poor offense. Lately, though, his bat has perked up after a long drought.
In his last nine games including Wednesday through the third inning, Martinez is batting .385/.379/.654 with two home runs and nine RBI. This after going through a super-slump where Martinez had bat just .202/.238/.272 from Aug. 7 - Sept. 14 with only one home run and 10 RBI.
It's been a rough season for Martinez in just about every way, but it's good to see him picking up the pace once again. If he can remain healthy in the offseason and in 2016, he'll undoubtedly be a legit threat for the Tigers next season.