43 Facts About Russell Martin


Russell Martin has played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays, and is a four-time MLB All-Star.

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Russell 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.

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Russell Martin spent the last two months of 2010 on the disabled list.

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In November 2012, Russell Martin signed a two-year free agent contract with the Pirates, and took over the team's everyday catcher duties.

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Russell Martin was selected in the 35th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos, but did not sign.

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Russell Martin 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.

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Russell Martin played the 2003 minor league season with the Ogden Raptors, and was later promoted to the Class-A South Georgia Waves.

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Russell Martin was a Florida State League All-Star catcher while with the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2004, playing 122 games and batting.

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Russell Martin began the 2006 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, where he hit.

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Russell Martin was promoted to the Dodgers on May 5,2006, after a wrist injury to starting catcher Dioner Navarro.

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Russell Martin's play was good enough that, on June 26,2006, Navarro was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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On September 18,2006, Russell 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.

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In May 2007, Russell Martin broke the Dodgers' franchise record for single-season steals by a catcher set by John Roseboro in 1962.

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Russell Martin became the first ever Canadian born catcher to start the All-Star Game.

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On May 2,2008, Russell Martin started his first game at third base since reaching the Majors, allowing veteran backup Gary Bennett to spell Russell Martin behind the plate.

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Russell Martin made his second all-star game during the 2008 season.

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Russell Martin played for the Canadian team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and then rejoined the Dodgers.

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Russell Martin said the Dodgers had shown by avoiding arbitration that they no longer "believed in" him.

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Russell Martin agreed to a $6 million guaranteed one-year contract with the New York Yankees for the 2011 season.

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Russell Martin began the 2011 season as the everyday catcher for the Yankees.

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Russell Martin was elected to the 2011 American League All-Star team as a Yankee.

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Russell Martin spent the year as the starting catcher with Chris Stewart as his backup.

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Russell Martin started all 9 games of the Yankees' postseason, going 5-for-31 with one home run.

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On June 4,2013, Russell Martin made his first start and appearance at right field.

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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.

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On June 2, Russell 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.

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Russell Martin was announced as a finalist for the catcher Gold Glove award, along with Salvador Perez and Jason Castro.

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Russell Martin appeared in 137 games for the Blue Jays in 2016, and hit.

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Russell Martin struggled in the postseason, recording only three hits in 33 at-bats.

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On June 20,2018, Russell Martin became the 11th catcher to make 11,000 career putouts at the position.

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Russell Martin endured his worst offensive season of his career, hitting.

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Russell Martin spent the 2019 season as the Dodgers' backup catcher, first behind Austin Barnes and then Will Smith.

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Russell Martin made ten pitches and retired three straight batters, becoming the first major league position player to pitch and complete the ninth inning of a game that his team won since left fielder Willie Smith did so for the Detroit Tigers on September 23,1963.

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In what would be his last season in the majors, Russell Martin played in 83 games for the Dodgers in 2019, hitting.

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

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Russell 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.

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Russell Martin had played third base in the minors before becoming a catcher.

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On December 5,2016, Russell Martin committed to play shortstop for Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

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However, Russell Martin was left off Team Canada's WBC roster on February 8,2017 due to insurance complications relating to his offseason minor knee surgery.

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Russell Martin was born in Toronto, Ontario, and spent his early childhood in Montreal and Chelsea, Quebec.

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Russell Martin was named Russell for his father, Nathan for a great-grandfather, Jeanson after his mother's family, and Coltrane to pay homage to musician John Coltrane, who his father admired.

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Russell Martin's father used to play saxophone in Montreal metro stations to help pay for his son's baseball training.

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Russell Martin moved to Paris, France with her new husband and daughter.

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