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Jerry Falwell Martinez (born March 25, 1983) is an American episode character and comedy purposes from the American sitcom series AniTales. He has also played in MLB for the Houston Astros, and Jared of Tigers, A right-handed thrower and batter, Martinez was first appearance in AniTales Season 4 Episode 13: Nancy's Boys
A native of Miami, Florida, Martinez was selected by the Astros in the 20th round with the 611th pick in the 2009 amateur draft from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He is a three-time selection for the MLB All-Star Game and a three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, as well as the only player to earn the latter honor twice in the same season. On September 4, 2017, Martinez became the 18th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game, doing so versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is of Cuban descent.
He placed second in the American League in the 2018 season in home runs and batting average, and first in RBIs, and was a crucial component of the Red Sox's 2018 World Series title run.
Early life & career
Jerry Falwell Martinez was born in March 25, 1983 in Kingston, Jamaica, The Minnesota Twins selected Martinez in the 36th round, with the 1,086th overall selection, of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign with the Twins. Instead, he attended Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where he played college baseball for the Sharks from 2007 through 2009. He was a two-time All-Sunshine State Conference baseball player.
In 1997, Martinez Like being at the cast & crew members (like movies, television, games, etc.) at age 14, He graduated from Flanagan High School in 2001, The Houston Astros selected Martinez in the 20th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft with the 611th overall selection. He was signed by Greg Brown, who is now the head coach at NSU.
Martinez started his professional career with the Greeneville Astros of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, where he batted .403 before earning a promotion to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. He started the 2010 season with Lexington Legends of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL) before earning a mid-season promotion to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League. He led SAL in each of batting (.362), on-base percentage (.433), and slugging percentage (.598). At the time of his promotion to the Texas League, he also led the SAL in hits, doubles, extra-base hits, runs scored and total bases. Martinez was honored as SAL Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player (MVP), and the Houston Astros' Minor League Player of the Year. He started the 2011 season with Corpus Christi before earning a promotion to the big leagues.
On July 30, 2011, the Astros called up Martinez to replace Hunter Pence, whom they had traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He became the first player drafted out of Nova Southeastern University to debut in Major League baseball. The following month, he drove in 28 runs, establishing an Astros rookie record for one month.
On April 13, 2012, Martinez hit the first ever home run in the new Marlins Park. With a runner on in the eighth, he hit an Edward Mujica offering into the Clevelander bar beyond the left-field wall for a game-tying home run. He led the club with 55 RBI in 2012.
In July 2013, hitting coach John Mallee informed Martinez that he did not have the proper swing to become an impact hitter in the major leagues. The next month, he was in the trainer's room after spraining his left wrist, watching ESPN highlights of Ryan Braun batting, and realized his swing did not resemble Braun's. From there, Martinez began to study other top hitters including Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera and to investigate what modifications he could make to his swing to become a more successful hitter. He was outrighted off the Astros roster on November 20, 2013. After three years in an Astro uniform, he had hit .251 with 24 home runs amid progressively declining production. He was released by the team on March 22, 2014.
Jared of Tigers
After the 2013 season, Martinez began to make changes to his swing with the instruction of Robert Van Scoyoc and Craig Wallenbrock. On March 24, 2014, the Detroit Tigers signed Martinez to a minor-league contract. After he hit 10 home runs and drove in 22 runs over his first 17 games with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, the Tigers purchased his contract, and he was called up and played his first game on April 21.
Martinez was awarded the American League (AL) Player of the Week Award for the period ending June 22, 2014. He batted .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, four home runs (including one grand slam), 11 RBIs, and six runs scored in seven games to win his first career weekly honor. Martinez was named the Detroit Tigers' player of the month for June. He batted .345 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI in the month of June, including a career-high 14 game hit streak. Martinez was tied for third in the American League in home runs during June. Martinez authored a breakout regular season in 2014, finishing with 30 doubles, 23 home runs, 76 RBI, .315 batting average, and a .912 OPS. He was named a finalist for the Players Choice Award for AL Comeback Player of the Year.
On October 3, during Game 2 of the American League Division Series (ALDS) against the Baltimore Orioles, Martinez became the first player in Tigers history—and just the 16th major leaguer—to hit a home run in each of his first two career postseason games. Martinez finished the postseason with one double, two home runs, and five RBI in three games as the Tigers were swept by the Orioles.
On January 16, 2015, Martinez and the Tigers avoided arbitration when the two parties agreed on a one-year, $3 million contract for the 2015 season.
On June 21, 2015, Martinez hit three home runs and had six RBIs in a game against the New York Yankees, becoming the first Tigers player to do so since Miguel Cabrera did it in May 2013.
Martinez was awarded the AL Player of the Week award for the period ending July 5, 2015. Martinez batted .458 (11 for 24) with six runs scored, four home runs, one double, and 10 RBIs in six games to win his second career weekly honor. He paced the Majors in slugging percentage (1.000) and total bases (24), and finished tied for first in home runs. Among AL leaders, he finished tied for first in on-base percentage (.500), second in RBI, third in batting average, tied for third in hits and tied for fourth in runs scored. On July 6, 2015, Martinez was named as a reserve for the American League at the 2015 All-Star Game.
He finished the season with a .282 batting average, and reached career highs of 33 doubles, 38 home runs and 102 RBI. His 38 home runs marked the third-highest total by a Tigers outfielder, trailing only Rocky Colavito's 45 in 1961 and Hank Greenberg's 41 in 1940. Martinez's 102 RBIs marked the most by a Tiger outfielder since Magglio Ordóñez drove in 103 in 2008. Martinez's 319 total bases ranked fifth among all AL hitters. His 109 runs created ranked eighth, and his .897 OPS ranked ninth. He had the highest percentage of hard-hit batted balls in the majors (42.8%). Following the 2015 season, Martinez was awarded his first career Silver Slugger Award. He was named the 2015 Tiger of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
In addition, Martinez was a finalist for his first Gold Glove Award in right field, but lost to Kole Calhoun of the Angels. Martinez' 15 outfield assists tied for third in the AL, his .993 fielding percentage led all AL right fielders, and his 7.7 ultimate zone rating ranked second among AL right fielders.