By now we all know that J.D. Martinez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday evening. As we say goodbye to the one-time All-Star outfielder, we’ve put together some of our favorite memories from Martinez’s Tigers career.
Starting off our list is Martinez’s second postseason home run — I couldn’t find video of the first. This dinger came in game two of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
See, not every Martinez highlight is offensive in nature. Just most of them. This home run-robbing catch came in July of 2015 against the Orioles and was a bit of revenge against long-time Tigers killer Chris Davis.
On May 16 of this year, Martinez hit his first — and currently only — career grand slam. It came in the seventh inning against the Orioles and put the Tigers ahead 8-7 in a game that Baltimore once led by seven runs.
Martinez is responsible for the second-longest home run in Comerica Park history, hit on July 21, 2015. In the park’s nearly 18 seasons, the only player to hit a longer home run is Miguel Cabrera ... probably. There were some disagreements about the actual distance of Martinez’s bomb — Cabrera’s homer a year later was ruled 461 feet — but officially Martinez’s is shorter.
And of course, the unanimous No. 1:
No one can forget Aug. 3, 2016, when Martinez pinch hit as his first at-bat off the disabled list and crushed the first pitch he saw — from Chris Sale, no less — into the bushes in left-center field.
Thanks for these memories, J.D., and all the others too.