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Saturday, February 18, 2017

J.D. Martinez ‘not proud’ after finishing last among defensive RFs

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus likened it to a slump.

“I think he had an off year; I don’t want to say he took a step back,” Ausmus said. “I think, quite frankly, it was a lack of concentration at times. I think a couple of balls hit his glove and bounced out. I’m not worried about him. I think he takes pride in his defense and he will return to form.

“Even good hitters have off years. Why couldn’t a good defender have an off year?”

Now remember, Martinez was a finalist for the 2015 Gold Glove Award. And besides, he is paid to crush the ball with his bat, not run through the outfield like a gazelle.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 6 comment(s)
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