Victor Martinez is born in Bolivar, Venezuela.
The former Cleveland catcher, first baseman, and designated hitter was signed in 1996 as an amateur free agent. He made his debut in 2002 at the age of 23. He spent parts of eight seasons in an Indians uniform, making three All-Star teams and winning one Silver Slugger Award.
Martinez left town with a career .297 average with Cleveland, hitting 103 home runs during his time with the Indians. His best season for the club came in 2007, when he hit .301 with 25 home runs and 114 RBI while the Indians pushed deep into the postseason, ultimately falling in the American League Championship Series to the same Red Sox team that later acquired his services.