Fans of the Detroit Tigers entered the off-season fairly optimistic about the 2012 season. The Tigers won 95 games in 2011 and took the Central Division by 15 games. In the playoffs, the Tigers defeated the Yankees (always a good thing) before losing in six to the Texas Rangers in the AL Championship series. With each of the key players returning in 2012 – and the prospect of a full season from Doug Fister – fans of Detroit (and I am one) were looking forward to another playoff run this year.
But before spring training even began, though, Victor Martinez managed to suffer an injury that will cost him the entire season. In 2011, Martinez posted the following numbers:
0.330 Batting Average (4th in the American League)
0.380 On-Base Percentage (9th in the American League)
0.470 Slugging Average (27th in the American League)
0.850 OPS (16th in the American League)
Given these numbers, we should not be surprised that Jim Leyland described this injury as “a punch in the gut.”