Tigers' Victor Martinez 'pretty sure' retirement is near

The Detroit News
Victor Martinez

As the MLB season is nearing the home stretch, so is Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez's career.

Following Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Martinez said that this season will likely be his last.

"I think I'm pretty sure this is going to be it," Martinez told reporters. "I'm just enjoying these last six weeks and finally go home."

Martinez, 39, is in the midst of the least productive campaign of his 16-year career. He's batting .244 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 106 games, and is posting career lows in on-base percentage (.294), slugging percentage (.331) and OPS (.624).

He's also in the final season of a four-year, $68 million deal.

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Despite the disappointing season, Martinez said he's fortunate to be healthy and battling every day while trying to help the young, rebuilding Tigers in any way he can.

"I've been enjoying the whole year," he said. "I tell the guys, man, we have to enjoy it. We're lucky to be here just in this (locker) room. You have to enjoy every moment because you never know where you're going to be tomorrow."

Martinez has a .291 batting average with 112 home runs and 525 RBIs in seven seasons with the Tigers.