Starling Former Dominican national team outfielder Javier Marte (born October 9, 1988) currently plays for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in Major League Baseball for the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Marlins, and Athletics.
He debuted in Major League Baseball in 2012. Marte has been honored with two Gold Glove Awards and two MLB All-Star selections. His 47 stolen bases in 2021 were the most in the major leagues.
On Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Mets had a fright early on due to an injury. Starling Marte, the Mets’ right fielder, was knocked out of the game in the first inning after being hit by a pitch from Mitch Keller. The rest of the game will see Tyler Naquin bat second and play right field.
It was a smart decision by New York to acquire Marte before the 2022 season began. He’s tearing it up at the moment, leading to his selection to his second All-Star Game. Throughout 117 games this season, he has slashed.292/.345/.468 with 16 home runs, 63 RBI, and 18 steals as a significant source of power and speed.
The 33-year-old is a two-time Gold Glover who has also hit at least 10 home runs in seven different seasons while playing for the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Athletics, and Mets.
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With only a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, the Mets don’t have much wiggle space as they enter the home stretch. Atlanta is 10.5 games clear of the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, and 12.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, so whichever team ends in second place is guaranteed a wild-card berth.
Naquin can play throughout the outfield positions, and while he won’t be able to replace Marte’s impact, he does add some welcome flexibility.
The seasoned pro, who has previously played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, is on a tear. A batting line of 217/.254/.467 in 27 games played for the Mets this season. In case Marte is unable to play due to this recent injury, he may be called upon to fill in.
Arizona sent Marte to the Marlins in exchange for Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia, and Julio Frias. Marte slashed for the Marlins and the Diamondbacks. 60-game season in which he hit.281/.340/.430 with 6 HR, 27 RBI, and 10 SB while playing in 61 games.
On April 20th, 2021, Marte was placed on the disabled list due to a broken rib. A month later, on April 28, he’d report to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp for his rehab assignment before making his way back to the Marlins.
For the period of June 7-13, 2018, Marte was the National League’s Player of the Week for the Marlins. A.500 hitter (14-for-28), he drove in five runs and hit two homers and a double over the week’s seven games for an OPS of 1.298. Not only did he avoid being caught four times, but he stole four bases as well.
The Marlins sent Marte and money to the Athletics in exchange for Jess Luzardo. Marte had a batting line of.312/.355/.462 and 25 steals in 56 games for Oakland in 2021. Marte, playing for both Miami and Oakland, stole 47 bases in 2021, most in Major League Baseball.
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