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Russell Martin: Officially announces retirement
Martin officially announced his retirement from baseball Saturday.
The 39-year-old hasn't appeared in a game since 2019, though he was keeping his options open and mulling a potential return as recently as last year. The Canadian catcher has now officially called it quits after a long and successful career. Martin played for four teams (the Dodgers, Yankees, Pirates and Blue Jays) over 14 seasons, hitting .248/.349/.397 with 191 homers while earning a reputation as an excellent pitch framer during the first years in which the skill became widely discussed and statistically analyzed. Per fWAR, which takes framing into account, he finished 55 wins above replacement for his career -- a mark that suggests he deserves Hall of Fame consideration.... See More ... See Less
Russell Martin: Holding off on signing
Martin doesn't plan to sign with an MLB team ahead of the 2021 season, but he intends to hold off on a retirement announcement to keep the possibility of playing at a later date open, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Martin's last professional action came in the 2019 postseason with the Dodgers, as he sat out the entire 2020 campaign. Though he'll turn 38 in February and hasn't posted a wRC+ above 100 since 2017, the veteran backstop apparently isn't ready to hang up his spikes just yet. In fact, Morosi suggests that Martin could play for the Canadian national team this spring while it looks to qualify for a spot in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo later this year.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Drawing first start of NLDS
Martin will start Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday against the Nationals, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Martin will catch Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. Ryu has posted a sparkling 1.52 ERA when Martin is behind the dish, per Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, but that comes with a tradeoff offensively -- according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News, the veteran backstop is just 3-for-22 with a double, an RBI and four strikeouts against Max Scherzer, who will toe the rubber for the Nats.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Cranks clutch home run
Martin went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and a walk in a victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Martin turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead with a three-run blast to left field in the seventh inning. The veteran catcher hit only .167 in August but has collected three hits -- including two homers -- in six at-bats to begin September. Austin Barnes is set to rejoin the Dodgers on Friday, but Martin should remain the primary backup to Will Smith down the stretch.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Cranks fifth long ball
Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over Arizona on Sunday.
Martin launched a 406-foot shot to right field in the third inning. The long ball was his first since Aug. 4 and snapped a string of 11 straight games without an extra-base hit. The 36-year-old is hitting slashing .215/.336/.317 in a backup role this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Back from bereavement list
Martin was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Martin was away from the club due to the passing of his grandmother, but he'll be available to play Tuesday, as anticipated. Austin Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Back Tuesday, starting Wednesday
Martin will be reinstated from the bereavement list Tuesday and is expected to start Wednesday against the Padres, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
As expected, Martin is set to rejoin the club Tuesday and will re-enter the starting lineup Wednesday. He's slashing .207/.330/.299 with four homers and 15 RBI over 69 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Likely to return in three days
Martin (personal) is expected to rejoin the Dodgers on Tuesday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
Martin is with his family after the passing of his grandmother. However, he is expected to rejoin the team after the minimum three days and once again serve as the backup catcher behind Will Smith.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Placed on bereavement list
Martin was placed on the bereavement list Saturday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Martin will miss at least three games but could be absent for up to seven. He has served as the backup catcher behind Will Smith, though Austin Barnes was recalled to fill that role in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: On base three times in win
Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, a run scored and a walk in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
Martin hit his double in the third inning and came around to score on Kristopher Negron's two-out single. Martin then knocked in Max Muncy an inning later with a single. The catcher is hitting .228/.354/.329 with four homers, four doubles, 15 RBI and 24 runs scored in 158 at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Swats fourth home run
Martin went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Sunday's victory over San Diego.
Martin took advantage of his first start in the four-game series, drilling a 410-foot blast to center field in the second inning. Through 179 plate appearances this season, Martin is slashing .220 with four homers and 12 runs batted in.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Getting rare start
Martin will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Padres, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The lightly used Martin will enter the lineup for only the second time in nine games. He'll continue to see limited action behind the dish the rest of the season with manager Dave Roberts having seemingly committed to rookie Will Smith as the team's top backstop.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Russell Martin: Returns to bench
Martin is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres.
Martin and Austin Barnes split work behind the plate in the four-game series, with the former drawing into the starting nine Thursday and Saturday. Despite the even timeshare over the weekend, Martin still looks like the No. 2 backstop, especially with his offensive production trending down of late. Over the last month, Martin has gone 9-for-49 with 17 strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
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