Victor Martinez wants you to remind of something: it’s a long season. The season is long and the toll taken on your body is considerable. When you’re an older player, like Marinez, the time required for recovery is even longer. Every collision, every slide, every bruise takes a little more out of you.

Veteran players learns to cut corners as they gain experience. They learn ways to preserve their stength, their legs, their concentration to grind out a 162 game schedule. Sometimes you limit your cage swings, sometimes you coast to first on a hard hit ball to an infielder, sometimes you just don’t bother sliding when the ball beats you to the plate by 20 feet.

Sometimes, when you know you’re DOA and you know the opposing catcher is a guy his recent opponents call The Beast you reconsider trucking into the very large opponent because, really, what’s the point? Why try running him over when my own injury is all but assured? Why slide when I can tear up my knee?

Given all that information, Victor Martinez just opts to take the gentleman’s way out of this Jeff Francoeur outfield assist. You get to the plate, you tip your cap and you run back to the dugout. Jam done, nothing to see here. On to the next one, Victor. We salute you honesty and integrity.

Comments (12)

  1. He wasn’t tagged by the looks of it, should’ve waited a bit back till the catcher turned around and then scoreinstead of being ruled out for going too far off the base line

  2. The bat on the 3rd baseline may have contributed. You can see Martinez turning his head towards it in the GIF.

    I wouldn’t slide into home with a bat remotely in my path. I think that was what made him hesitant to slide, and ultimately, walk away from the play.

    • Nice spot…the lack of attempt from Martinez should be blamed on the corpulence of Fielder (the genius at the right of the home plate area who is signalling Martinez to slide, despite having cleverly refused (or just being too damn lazy) to remove the bat from basepath).

      Wonder if Fielder was thinking something like…”well, Martinez being injured last year is what brought me to Detroit. I wonder who we can sign if I get him injured THIS year! C’mon VMart…slide to Papa.”

    • A hook slide probably would have avoided the bat, but these are split second decisions, so I don’t fault him if he had an issue with that.

  3. If Don Cherry was a baseball analyst, he’d have a freak out over this.

    Which reminds me… why is he on our tax-subsidized tv station?

  4. Pathetic “no try” bum. Wouldn’t see Brett Lawrie pulling this pussy shit

  5. Victor Martinez is a fucking bum

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