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Victor Martinez looks great, is ready to go for 2013

Feb 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

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I tend to put little stock in “Player X is feeling great, killing balls in the batting cage and ready to kick butt this year!” stories. Everyone is optimistic in spring training.

But maybe I should make an exception for those stories involving the Detroit Tigers.  Last year that was the buzz about Miguel Cabrera. He lost weight, got in shape, was dedicated and was killing balls in Lakeland. All he did was go on and win the Triple Crown and the MVP. Si or no, motherf****r?

With that in mind, Victor Martinez is healthy again and down in Lakeland. Tom Gage reports:

“Victor looks unbelievable,” McClendon said about Martinez, the Tigers’ designated hitter who missed all of last year because of left knee surgery. “I am really, really impressed with what I’ve seen.

“He’s in great shape, and he’s swinging the bat extremely well. A lot of zip, a lot of pop, it doesn’t look like he’s lost anything.”

Losing Delmon Young and adding Victor Martinez is gonna be a good, good thing for Detroit.

  1. paperlions - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Miguel Cabrera also hit better in 2010 and 2011 than he did in 2012, despite the fact that he won the MVP, it was actually his “worst” season since 2009. He’s been that good.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Yes, that good.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • stabonerichard - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      “Not only are we going to New Hampshire … we’re going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we’re going to California and Texas and New York! And we’re going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we’re going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House!!!”

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    But is he in the best shape of his life?

    • unlost1 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      yes, “looks great” is not the same thing as BSOHL!

  4. indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    BSOHL, si or no motherf*cker?

    • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      And that’s the ONLY question that matters.

    • unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Great question, and elegantly put.

      No! That is the one and only correct answer, and the only way for him to prove Si would be to go and catch 145 games.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        I have the heart of a poet, unclemoses.

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        And as a Rays fan, a tragic poet at that.

        Also, appropos of nothing, you mentioned elsewhere that “snitches get stiches.” In suburbia I thought it was “looking at Lippers gives you early zippers.”

  5. bklynbaseball - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Si.

  6. joeyfalco - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    As a Tribe fan, it kills me that VMart is in Detroit. Peralta? Yeah, not so much.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Jhonny says relax.

      • philliesblow - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        I thought it was Frankie.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        It is. I was riffing.

        BTW, you’re old! ;)

  7. craggt - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Lets be honest, the best part of Victor being back is LITTLE VICTOR BEING BACK!!!!

    • aiede - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Even better — Mrs. Victor’s about to give birth, so we’ll have not only Little Victor but also an Even Littler Victor to bring the adorable this season.

  8. scoregasmic - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The tigers got their captain back…look out!

  9. crackersnap - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Nothing a year long bath in the magic “waters” of Latin America, far from the prying eyes of random checkers, to do a body wonders.

  10. brianabbe - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    I don’t think Detroit realizes how they’ll miss Delmon Young’s contributions in HCAR (Hate Crimes Above Replacement). When it comes this stat, Delmon is the Mike Trout of that number. I’m not sure the city of Detroit can survive the loss of one of the worst human beings in the modern history of baseball.

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