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Former Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez reportedly will retire, play final game on Saturday

John Tomase
September 21, 2018 - 11:47 pm

Victor Martinez's lengthy career is coming to an end.

The former Red Sox catcher, who became a franchise stalwart with the Tigers after leaving Boston in 2011, announced that he'll play his final big-league game on Saturday, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

Martinez, 39, has resisted discussing his impending retirement all season, and even his latest comments weren't definitive. Regardless, his play has suffered over the last two years, and his retirement was seen as a formality.

Martinez went 1-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Royals on Friday. He plans to play against KC on Saturday and then shut it down for Sunday's series finale, as well as the final road trip of the season.

Martinez leaves as a five-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger winner. As recently as 2014, he led the American League in OPS at .974 while finishing second in the MVP voting. He began Friday as a .295 lifetime hitter wth 246 home runs.

Martinez spent the first eight years of his career in Cleveland before coming to Boston in the deal that sent Nick Hagadone and Justin Masterson to the Indians at the 2009 trade deadline. Martinez spent parts of two years in Boston, batting .313 with an .865 OPS in 183 games.