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V-Mart Will Play Last Career Game Saturday At Comerica Park

Martinez will be honored with a pre-game ceremony on Saturday

September 21, 2018 - 6:19 pm

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- Victor Martinez will take his final Major League at-bat Saturday at Comerica Park.

The 39-year-old designated hitter is set to retire after 16 years in MLB. While the season doesn't officially end until Sept. 30, Martinez has decided to make Saturday his last game, he announced on Friday.

Martinez wants his final at-bat to come in Detroit, where he has spent the last seven seasons.

"I feel like I owe it to the fans to have my final at-bats here," Martinez said, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

The Tigers will honor Martinez with an on-field ceremony ahead of Saturday's game with the Royals, which is set for 6:10 p.m. His entire family is expected to be on-hand for the game.

Martinez collected the baseballs after each of his two hits in Thursday's win over the Royals, as he wants to make sure he has the ball from his final career hit.

Martinez has a .290 batting average, 115 home runs and 540 RBIs during his Tigers tenure.

The slugger began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2002 and spent his first eight seasons with the Tribe. The club honored him with a ceremony during his final trip to Cleveland.