Victor Martinez Strikes Out Looking for the First Time in a Year

victor 1Victor Martinez knows the MLB strike zone better than anybody.Don’t believe me? The numbers never lie.

The Tigers catcher and designated hitter took a called third strike from Astros starter Jarred Cosart for the final out of the first inning earlier tonight. It was the first time a home plate umpire has had the opportunity to ring him up in a long, long time.

How long, you ask? Martinez last struck out looking on May 21, 2013. It’s May 5, 2014. That’s almost a full calendar year between backwards K’s! Coming into tonight, Martinez had not taken a called third strike in his last 579 consecutive at bats.

victor 3Take a moment and consider how unbelievable that is. Not once during that 579-at bat streak was Martinez fooled, caught off guard or off his game in a two-strike scenario. With tonight’s strike out, he’s striking out looking just 0.17% of the time in his last 580 plate appearances.

And just in case you’re thinking, “That’s not so impressive; all you have to do is swing all the time and you won’t strike out looking,” consider this: During the streak, Martinez only struck out swinging 45 times, or 7.78% of the time. That means not only did not go down without a swing once, but he put the ball in play 93% of the time!

Victor MartinezTalk about an eye for the strike zone.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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