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There's no replacing Victor Martinez

Loss of invaluable middle-of-the-order hitter puts Detroit Tigers in a difficult spot

Updated: January 21, 2012, 12:13 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It was Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., barely 24 hours after the Detroit Tigers learned they'd just lost Victor Martinez for the 2012 season.

On the podium, at the first stop on the Tigers' winter caravan, Dave Dombrowski sat back and listened as the pointed questions began to fly.

Luckily for him, they were mostly being directed at our good friend, ESPN's own Tim Kurkjian, who happened to be the featured speaker at this annual extravaganza.

"I was glad Tim was ...

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