The Curse of Victor Martinez?

Only one player in baseball history has ever hit 50+ home runs with the Tribe, and then gone on to hit 50+ home runs with the Tigers.

That man, of course, was Rocky Colavito.

But after signing a 4-year $50M deal with the Tigers, it appears that Victor Martinez will soon join him.

Two other players have accomplished the feat in reverse – 50 HR in Detroit, followed by 50 in Cleveland: Vic Wertz and Travis Fryman.

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Luis Valbuena historically bad in 2010

It takes a perfect storm for a player to have a season as bad as Luis Valbuena in 2010.

In an ideal world, Valbuena never would have accumulated over 300 PA on the major league level this past season. But the Indians just didn’t have many other options.

As a result, he became the first Indian to hit under .200 with at least 300 PA since 1917, when both Steve O’Neill and Joe Evans accomplished the feat.

Now the question Valbuena needs to answer: is he the next O’Neill, who would later hit over .300 and finish 6th in the 1922 MVP voting? Or is he the next Evans, who was relegated to the bench and never again was given 300 PA with the Tribe?