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This Incredible Flip to First Base by Victor Martinez Is Your Baseball Highlight of the Month (Video)
A few years back, it didn’t matter what position Victor Martinez was playing. Catcher, first base, designated hitter—so long as his high-average, high-OBP bat was in the lineup, his manager was content.
This year, unfortunately, since returning from the injury that knocked him out for the entire 2012 season, the 34-year-old simply has not been the formidable hitter he once was. In 273 plate appearance over 73 games, Martinez is hitting just .227/.285/.337 with 12 doubles and 6 home runs—which is absolutely brutal. Now the only real way he’s contributing is when he steps in to give Prince Fielder a day off at first base. And yesterday he demonstrated that he is still a very capable defender.
During the Detroit Tigers’ game against the Red Sox at Comerica Park, V-Mart got a glove on a sharp ground ball off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury. He then picked up the ball and flipped it backwards to the pitcher covering first just in time to get the speedy Ellsbury out.
Take a look:
That is easily one of the two or three best defensive plays we’ve seen all year. Tigers fans would probably still rather have a DH who was hitting .320/.380/.500, but I’m sure manager Jim Leyland will take whatever he can get.