Russell Martin

Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin Jr. (born February 15, 1983) is a Canadian professional baseball catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He also has played for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays, and is a four-time MLB All-Star. In 2007, Martin won the Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award.

Martin became the everyday catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers immediately upon his MLB debut in 2006, and continued in that role for nearly five years. His offensive and defensive performance earned wide accolades during his first three years, but they diminished significantly in 2009 and 2010. Martin spent the last two months of 2010 on the disabled list. After the Dodgers declined to offer him arbitration in 2011, he signed with the Yankees and succeeded Jorge Posada as the Yankees' everyday catcher.

In November 2012, Martin signed a two-year free agent contract with the Pirates, and took over the team's everyday catcher duties.[1] Following the 2014 season, he signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Blue Jays.[2] In January 2019, he was traded back to the Dodgers.

Russell Martin
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Martin with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 55
Catcher
Born: February 15, 1983 (age 36)
East York, Ontario, Canada
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 5, 2006, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
(through August 7, 2019)
Batting average.249
Home runs189
Runs batted in765
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Professional career

Minor leagues

Martin was selected in the 35th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos, but did not sign.[3] He then attended Chipola College for two years before being chosen in the 17th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[4] Drafted as a third baseman, Martin played his first professional season with the Gulf Coast Dodgers, and hit .286 with 10 RBI in 41 games.[5] In the offseason, he was converted to a catcher.[4][6] Martin played the 2003 minor league season with the Ogden Raptors, and was later promoted to the Class-A South Georgia Waves. In 77 combined games, he batted .276 with 9 home runs and 50 RBI.[5]

Martin was a Florida State League All-Star catcher while with the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2004, playing 122 games and batting .250 with 15 home runs and 64 RBI.[5][7] During the offseason, Martin played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.[5] In 2005, he played in a career-high 129 games for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns and made the All-Star team, hitting .311 with 9 home runs and 61 RBI.[5][7] Martin began the 2006 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, where he hit .297 in 23 games before his promotion.[5]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Martin was promoted to the Dodgers on May 5, 2006, after a wrist injury to starting catcher Dioner Navarro.[6] He got two hits, including a double, in the game. His first hit was against Chris Capuano. On May 7, he hit his first major league home run against Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Dave Bush. On June 6, 2006, Martin and Éric Gagné made baseball history by becoming the first French Canadian battery in the majors.[8] Martin's play was good enough that, on June 26, 2006, Navarro was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[6][9] On August 13, 2006, Martin hit his first career walk-off home run in a victory that completed a sweep of the rival San Francisco Giants.[10] On September 18, 2006, Martin hit a solo home run off of Trevor Hoffman, the third of four consecutive home runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the San Diego Padres. It was the first time four home runs had been hit in a row since the 1964 Minnesota Twins.[11]

On April 21, 2007, Martin hit a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Shawn Chacón in the bottom of the 10th inning. This was the first grand slam of his career.[12]

In May 2007, Martin broke the Dodgers' franchise record for single-season steals by a catcher (12) set by John Roseboro in 1962.[13] On July 1 it was announced that Martin finished in first place in All-Star Game voting, leading Paul Lo Duca by 296,948 votes. He became the first ever Canadian born catcher to start the All-Star Game.[14]

At the end of the 2007 season, he was awarded with the National League Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger Award.[15][16]

On May 2, 2008, Martin started his first game at third base since reaching the Majors, allowing veteran backup Gary Bennett to spell Martin behind the plate.[17] Martin made his second all-star game during the 2008 season.[18] He caught 10 innings of a 15 inning game in which the American League won 4 to 3.[19] Martin's 10 innings caught are tied for fourth place all time among all star catchers in a single game.

On January 20, 2009, Martin signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract to avoid salary arbitration. The deal was the largest ever awarded to a catcher in his first year of arbitration.[20] He played for the Canadian team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and then rejoined the Dodgers. He slumped offensively in 2009, hitting only .250 with 7 home runs in 143 games, the weakest totals in his four-year career.

In 2010, Martin continued to regress as he hit .248 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI in 97 games. In August, Martin suffered a torn labrum in his right hip when he was trying to avoid a tag at home plate in a game against the Padres. The injury kept him sidelined for the rest of the season.[21]

Due to his uncertain recovery from injury and declining production, and concern that Martin would be awarded a salary as high as $6 million in arbitration, the Dodgers did not tender Martin a contract for 2011 and allowed him to become a free agent.[22] The Dodgers offered Martin a one-year contract worth $4.2 million prior to the arbitration hearings but he insisted on receiving well above $5 million.[23] After Martin rebuffed the Dodgers' offer, the Dodgers non-tendered him and signed journeyman catcher Rod Barajas, though hinting that Martin could still have a place on the team. Martin said the Dodgers had shown by avoiding arbitration that they no longer "believed in" him.[24]

New York Yankees

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Martin with the New York Yankees in 2011

Martin agreed to a $6 million guaranteed one-year contract with the New York Yankees for the 2011 season. The value of the contract could reach $9.4 million if he caught 110 games.[25][26]

Martin began the 2011 season as the everyday catcher for the Yankees. He was elected to the 2011 American League All-Star team as a Yankee.

Along with Robinson Canó and Curtis Granderson, Martin was one of the Yankees' three batters who hit an MLB record three grand slams in a single game in a 22–9 rout of the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on August 25, 2011.

As a Super Two player, Martin was eligible for arbitration for a fourth time, and he signed a $7.5 million one-year contract for the 2012 season with up to $100,000 in performance bonuses with the Yankees to avoid arbitration on January 24. He spent the year as the starting catcher with Chris Stewart as his backup. In 133 games, he hit .211 with 21 HR and 53 RBI. Martin started all 9 games of the Yankees postseason, going 5-31 with 1 HR.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Russell Martin on May 3, 2013
Martin with the Pittsburgh Pirates

On November 29, 2012, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed Martin for two years and $17 million.[27][28] The deal became official on November 30.[29][30] On June 4, 2013, Martin made his first start and appearance at right field. On June 8, 2013, Martin hit his 100th career home run.

In the NL Wild Card Game on October 1, 2013, Martin hit a pair of solo home runs as the Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-2. The first was an infamous home run off Reds starter Johnny Cueto. Cueto, having his name chanted by 40,000 Pirates fans, dropped the ball while on the mound. His next pitch, a fastball over the heart of the plate, was crushed into the left-field stands by Martin. This home run gave the Pirates the momentum to win the game, their first postseason victory in 21 years.

During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 20, 2014, Martin was involved in a brawl which was started when Carlos Gómez hit a triple off Gerrit Cole after which Martin was suspended 2 games by the MLB on April 22, 2014 for his role in the brawl.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Russell Martin with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015

On November 18, 2014, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had signed Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.[2] Early in spring training, manager John Gibbons told reporters that Martin would be R.A. Dickey's catcher during practice and in preseason games, to give him the opportunity to practice catching Dickey's knuckleball.[31] Martin received a standing ovation from the fans at Olympic Stadium on April 3, as the Blue Jays played their final two spring training games in Montreal for the second consecutive year.[32] On April 19, 2015, Martin caught Jeff Francis in his debut for the Blue Jays, and in doing so formed the first all-Canadian battery in franchise history.[33] On June 2, Martin stole home off the back end of a double steal, and became the first Blue Jay to steal home since Brett Lawrie did so in 2012.[34] Martin established a new career-high in home runs on September 26, hitting his 22nd of the season to aid the Blue Jays to a 10–8 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.[35] He ended the 2015 regular season with a .240 batting average, 23 home runs, and 77 RBI in 129 games.[36] He led the major leagues in passed balls, with 19.[37] Martin was announced as a finalist for the catcher Gold Glove award, along with Salvador Pérez and Jason Castro.[38]

Martin appeared in 137 games for the Blue Jays in 2016, and hit .231 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI.[36] He struggled in the postseason, recording only three hits in 33 at-bats.[36]

On April 29, 2017, Martin became the 15th catcher to record 10,000 career putouts at the position.

On June 20, 2018, Martin became the 11th catcher to make 11,000 career putouts at the position. Martin endured his worst offensive season of his career, hitting .194 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. In the final game of the 2018 season, Martin managed the Blue Jays, the team wound up losing in his managerial debut.[39]

Return to the Dodgers

On January 11, 2019, the Blue Jays traded Martin to the Dodgers for prospects Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko.[40] Martin spent the 2019 season in a platoon role, first with Austin Barnes and then with Will Smith.

On March 30, 2019, Martin pitched the top of the ninth inning in a 16-5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Martin made ten pitches and retired three straight batters and became the first primary position player to do so since left fielder Willie Smith got the final out of a 4-1 Tigers win over the Senators on September 23, 1963. Martin is the first full-time position player to work a 1-2-3 ninth in a team win since at least 1925.[41]

On August 7, 2019, Martin hit a walk-off two-run single in a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.[42]

International career

Martin was first selected to play for Canada during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

That year, in an effort to quit the use of chewing tobacco, Martin began wearing a custom-fitted mouthpiece during the WBC and Spring training.[43]

Martin hoped to switch to shortstop during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, citing he did not want to learn another pitching staff during the tournament, because he was already learning a new staff in Pittsburgh. Martin played third base in the minors before converting to catcher.[44] Martin would later withdraw his name, citing soreness.[45]

On December 5, 2016, Martin committed to play shortstop for Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.[46] However, Martin was left off Team Canada's WBC roster on February 8, 2017, due to insurance complications relating to his offseason minor knee surgery.[47]

Personal life

Martin was born in Toronto, Ontario, and spent his early childhood in Montreal and Chelsea, Quebec, where his childhood ballpark was years later refurbished and named after him.[48] Along with playing baseball in the Montreal neighbourhood of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Martin played hockey for N.D.G. Minor Hockey. He graduated from Polyvalente Édouard-Montpetit High School.[4] After graduating from high school, Martin took a junior college scholarship at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida.[49]

Martin is biracial: his father, Russell Martin Sr., is African Canadian, while his mother, Suzanne Jeanson, is Franco-Manitoban.[50] His full name is Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin Jr. Russell is taken from his father, Nathan from his great-grandfather, Jeanson from his mother, and Coltrane to pay homage to musician John Coltrane.[6] Martin's parents separated when Martin was two years old.[4] His father used to play saxophone in Montreal metro stations to help pay for his son's baseball training.[4] Martin Sr. played O Canada on his saxophone before a 2015 spring training game.[51]

When Martin was nine years old, his mother remarried, and relocated to Paris, France with her new husband and daughter. Russell Jr. would split his time living between his mother in Paris and his father in Montreal for a year.[52] Martin changed the name printed on his jersey to "J. Martin" for the 2009 season in reference to one of his middle names "Jeanson", in honour of his mother.[53]

See also

References

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2007 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers season started off promisingly with the Dodgers holding the Western Division lead for most of the first half of the season. However, the team faded down the stretch and finished the season in fourth place. Two of the teams big free agent signings, pitchers Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf were injured and missed most of the season. A promising development was the play of several rookies including James Loney and Matt Kemp and the further development of second year catcher Russell Martin, who was named to his first All-Star Game.

2008 National League Division Series

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(1) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 97–64) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champions, 84–78): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Milwaukee Brewers (Wild Card qualifier, 90–72): Phillies win series, 3–1.The underdog Dodgers swept the Cubs to advance to the NLCS, while the Phillies defeated the Brewers by three games to one. The series marked the first postseason series victory for the Dodgers since winning the 1988 World Series, and the first such victory for the Phillies since the 1993 NLCS.

2009 National League Championship Series

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The Phillies won the series, four games to one, advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They were, however, defeated by the New York Yankees, 4–2.

This was the second consecutive NLCS between the Dodgers and Phillies and the fifth overall. The first two meetings were won by the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978, and the third by the Phillies in 1983; none of the three resulted in a World Series Championship by either team. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in five games in 2008 en route to their 2008 World Series title. This match-up is the most frequent in the history of the NLCS (as of 2009) tied with the Pirates vs Reds.

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2013 National League Wild Card Game

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2015 Major League Baseball draft

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2015 Toronto Blue Jays season

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2016 American League Division Series

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(1) Texas Rangers (West Division champions) versus (4) Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card Winner)

(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)TBS televised all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, airing the games in Canada using the TBS feeds. The Blue Jays and Indians both swept their respective opponents in three games to advance to the ALCS.

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Lazaro Antonio Díaz Sr. (born March 29, 1963) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He joined the American League's full-time staff in 1999, and has worked in both major leagues since 2000.

His professional umpiring career began after he attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1991. He worked his way up to the International League for the 1995 season. Díaz was one of the 22 umpires promoted to the major leagues in the wake of the Major League Umpires Association's mass-resignation strategy in July 1999. Prior to his professional umpiring career, he served in the Marine Corps Reserves. Díaz was attacked by an intoxicated fan while umpiring first base in a game at Comiskey Park in April 2003. The fan, Eric Dybas, a self-described Cubs fan, had attended a game at Wrigley Field earlier in the day and had been drinking all day. Laz easily stifled the attack, and the fan was later sentenced to up to 180 days in jail and one month of probation for aggravated battery.Díaz was the second base umpire when Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's career home run record. On July 23, 2009, Díaz was the third base umpire for Mark Buehrle's perfect game.

He has worked the World Series in 2007 and 2017, the American League Championship Series in 2009, 2015, and 2016, and the Division Series in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2013, and 2014. He also umpired the All-Star Game in 2000 and 2010.

Díaz is featured in Pepsi commercials with the Detroit Tigers' Johnny Damon, the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and broadcaster Gary Thorne.

On Sunday March 7, 2010, Díaz was inducted to the Cuban Hall of Fame.

During a game on May 30, 2012, Díaz got into an unusual argument with New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin. According to Martin, Díaz punished the catcher for disputing the strike zone by not letting him throw new baseballs out to the pitcher (a preference of Martin's) and claiming that this ability had to be "earned." MLB Executive VP for Baseball Operations Joe Torre spoke to Díaz and Martin about the incident, but Martin said he does not expect any disciplinary action for either man.MLB selected Diaz to officiate its 2014 Opening Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia from March 20–23, 2014.

List of Los Angeles Dodgers seasons

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the second most successful franchise in the National League and the third-most successful and second-most wealthy in Major League Baseball after the New York Yankees. The franchise was formerly based in Brooklyn and known originally as the "Grays" or "Trolley Dodgers" after the trams which supporters had to avoid to enter games. Later it became known successively as the "Bridegrooms", "Superbas", "Dodgers" and "Robins"; the present "Dodgers" was firmly established in 1932.

The franchise has won the World Series six times and lost a further 13, and like the Yankees and Cardinals have never lost 100 games in a season since World War I, with their worst record since then being in 1992 with 63 wins and their best records ever being in 1953 with 105 wins and both 1942 and 2017 with 104. Their most successful period, between 1947 and 1966 with ten World Series appearances and only two seasons with 71 or more losses (one of them the year they moved to Los Angeles after a dispute over stadium funding), was famous for the Dodgers becoming the first Major League Baseball team to incorporate African American players, led by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

List of Major League Baseball players from Canada

This is a list of baseball players from Canada who are active in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Mark Martin (politician)

Mark Russell Martin (born February 18, 1968) is a Republican politician who was Secretary of State of Arkansas from January 2011 to January 2019. He is a former three-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 87 in Washington County in Northwest Arkansas.

Putout

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by one of the following methods:

Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout)

Catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out)

Catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play

Catching a third strike (a strikeout)

Catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout)

Being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference

Roy Campanella Award

The Roy Campanella Award is given annually to the Los Angeles Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame Brooklyn Dodger catcher, Roy Campanella. The award is voted on by all Los Angeles Dodgers uniformed personnel, players, and coaches. The award has been given out since 2006.

Russell Martin (footballer)

Russell Kenneth Alexander Martin (born 4 January 1986) is a professional football player and coach, who plays as a defender for League One club Milton Keynes Dons.

Martin has previously played for Wycombe Wanderers, Peterborough United, Norwich City, Rangers and Walsall, and has played in 29 internationals for Scotland.

Starting his career with Brighton, for whom he did not feature in a league match, Martin established himself at Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he made over 100 appearances. Following a brief spell with Peterborough United, Martin joined Norwich City in 2010 and played an important part in the team's rise to the Premier League.

Vic Carapazza

Victor Joseph Carapazza (born July 6, 1979) is a Major League Baseball umpire. He wears uniform number 19, and previously wore uniform number 85.

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