Martinez recorded a first-inning infield single Saturday and was removed for a pinch runner in what's expected to wind up as his final major-league at-bat. V-Mart rolled one through the hole between first and second in the opening inning, and he beat the throw for an infield single before being removed from the game to an ovation from teammates, Royals and attendees. Martinez, 39, has experienced a precipitous power decline in later seasons, leaving the yard just nine times in 2018, but he'll finish a steady and often elite 16-year career with a .295 average, 2,153 hits, 246 homers and 1,178 RBI in 1,972 games.
Martinez will take the final at-bats of his career Saturday against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The Tigers will have seven games remaining after Saturday, but Martinez wants his final at-bats to come in Detroit. With just two games remaining in his 16-year-career, the 39-year-old has posted a career .295/.360/.455 slash line with 246 homers and 2,151 hits.
Martinez is out of the lineup against Minnesota on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group reports. Martinez will receive a breather after going 1-for-7 with a walk during the first two games of this series. In his place, Nick Castellanos will serve as the DH while Mikie Mahtook gets a start in the outfield.
Martinez is not starting Sunday against Cleveland. Martinez has just two weeks left in his major-league career after announcing his retirement Saturday. Nick Castellanos will be the Tigers' designated hitter Sunday, with Mikie Mahtook starting in right field.
Martinez announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Martinez has been limited to designated hitter duties for essentially all of the last four seasons and has started to show his age with a .671 OPS and only 19 home runs in 234 games over the last two years. The 39-year-old served as the Indians' catcher starting in 2004, but has primarily been a DH since joining the Tigers in 2011. Martinez also had a brief tenure with the Red Sox, and currently has a .295/.360/.455 slash line with 246 home runs and 1,177 RBI over his 16-year career.