Victor Martinez knocks base hit in final career at-bat, gets emotional send-off from Tigers fans

Veteran hitter Victor Martinez of Detroit recently announced that Saturday's Royals-Tigers contest at Comerica Park (GameTracker) would be the final of his major-league career. 

Said career has spanned parts of 16 seasons. Along the way, V-Mart has hit 246 home runs; been an All-Star five times; finished in the top 10 of the MVP balloting on two occasions; authored an OPS+ of 118; and collected 2,152 hits. Oh, make that 2,153 hits ... 

That turned out to be the final at-bat of Martinez's career ... 

Martinez was feted by the team in a pregame ceremony -- he's been a Tiger since the start of the 2011 season -- but the highlight no doubt was his notching one more base hit and then getting the hero's send-off. 

V-Mart for many years was a darn good hitter, and by all accounts he was a tremendous teammate all the while. The affection he's earned over the years was quite apparent in Detroit on Saturday. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for and He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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