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Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

Jose Martinez hits his way into the mix with Cards

MLB, St. Louis Cardinals
While Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. awaits updates from top executives John Mozeliak and Michael Girsch on how they feel to best improve his club, he has an open mind on some of his current players. One is Jose Martinez, who became the Cardinals’ cleanup hitter and regular first baseman down the stretch. And the team prospered as he prospered. Asked whether he thought Martinez could be a regular in 2018, DeWitt said Wednesday, “I certainly wouldn’t count him out, the way he can hit. He’s come into his own. When he was hurt, it really hurt us.” Martinez, a 29-year-old rookie who hit .353 in September-October with four homers and 18 runs batted in, finished at .309 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs in just 272 at-bats. But he suffered a sprained left thumb in a game at Pittsburgh on Se