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Victor Martinez


Victor Martinez

Vital Statistics:

Born: December 23, 1978

Hometown: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

Height: 6-2

Weight: 195

Bats: Switch

Throws: Right

Family: Wife, Margaret; Son Victor Jr.

Primary position: Catcher

Before The Bigs:

  • Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1996.
  • He moved up one level per season in the minors, and had his best season in 2002 at Double-A Akron, where he hit .336 with 22 home runs and 85 RBI.
  • Shuttled between Cleveland and Triple-A Buffalo in 2003 and played in the Major League Baseball Futures Game that season. He hit .328 in 73 games in Buffalo.

Career Highlights:

  • Made his debut as a September call-up in 2002.
  • Became the Indians’ full-time catcher and made his first All-Star team in 2004, a season in which he hit .283 with 23 home runs and 108 RBI for the Indians. Those totals were the best among major league catchers that season.
  • Hit a career-best .316 in 2006, and is a career .304 hitter as of July 2007.
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