In nine full MLB seasons, Victor Martinez has been selected as an All-Star four times.

Playing for the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox and now for the Detroit Tigers, Martinez has been a key member for each team he has suited up for and proven himself as one of the most feared switch-hitters in the game today.

In 2011, after signing with the Tigers as a free agent, Martinez boasted a career high .330 average, with 12 home runs and 103 RBI’s, helping to lead the Tigers to their first ever American League Central Championship and their first division title since 1987 when they won the AL East.

Last January, while working out in the offseason, Martinez tore his ACL was forced to miss the entire 2012 campaign.

Detroit sorely missed Martinez’s production last season, struggling mightily from the plate and almost failed to reach the playoffs.

But after over a year of rest and rehabilitation, Martinez is ready to return to the Tigers’ lineup and pick up where he left off in 2011.

Here are the four reasons Martinez will be representing the AL as a starter in the 2013 All-Star Game:

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