Russell Martin
Baseball catcher
Russell Martin
Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr is a Canadian Major League Baseball catcher for the New York Yankees. Martin became the everyday catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers immediately upon his Major League debut, and continued in that role for nearly 5 years. His offensive and defensive performance earned wide accolades during his first three years, but they diminished significantly in 2009 and 2010 and Martin spent the last two months of 2010 on the disabled list.
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Toronto Blue Jays return to ALCS after sweeping Rangers
Yahoo News - 5 months
Josh Donaldson made a mad dash from second base to score the winning run in extra innings as the Toronto Blue Jays advanced to their second straight American League Championship Series on Sunday. The Blue Jays completed their first series sweep in franchise history with a 7-6 victory over Texas on a winning run that was set up by an error from Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor in the bottom of the 10th. With the score tied 6-6 with one out and runners on first and second, Canadian Russell Martin started the play with a ground ball to shortstop Elvis Andrus.
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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 6 months
Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: Blue Jays 4, Yankees 4 J.A. Happ pitched 7 1/3 innings and became the first 17-game winner in the major leagues as the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Melvin Upton Jr hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have scored 19 runs since a 42-minute rain delay on Tuesday. Ezequiel Carrera had an RBI double, Darwin Barney had a two-run double and Russell Martin added an RBI single as Toronto became the sixth team to win five straight series against the Yankees in New York.
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Blue Jays' Russell Martin misses game after a fall in shower
LATimes - 7 months
An off-day trip to the health club knocked out Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin. Feeling “woozy” following an extended spell in the sauna Thursday, Martin injured his left knee when he passed out and fell while taking a cold shower. He is expected to miss at least two games.  “I woke up...
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Blue Jays' Martin out with sore left knee after shower fall
Fox News - 7 months
TORONTO (AP) An off-day trip to the health club knocked out Toronto catcher Russell Martin.
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Baseball-Highlights of Monday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 10 months
Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3 Russell Martin's two-out, two run single in the eighth inning capped a four-run inning for Toronto en route to a victory over Boston. Martin's decisive hit came off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, who entered in relief of a shaky Koji Uehara in a 1-1 game with one out in the eighth and struck out Edwin Encarnacion, but allowed a bases-loaded walk to Troy Tulowitzki. Michael Saunders drove in the tying run on his groundout earlier in the inning.
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Bizarre Blunder in Crazy 7th of Game 5 of ALDS at Toronto
NYTimes - over 1 year
The Blue Jays nearly threw away Game 5 of the AL Division Series with a bizarre blunder by catcher Russell Martin before rallying in a nearly hour-long seventh inning.
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Rangers Steal Home On The Most Unlikely Play Ever
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This kind of thing is only supposed to happen in little league when my dad is watching. The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays in the top of the 7th after this fluke throw by catcher Russell Martin. The ball hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat on its way back to the pitcher:  This is how the Rangers just took the lead in game 5 of the ALDS https://t.co/I22XY81fI2 — Fan Of NLCS Team (@TheBlogfines) October 14, 2015 Rougned Odor scampered home and the run stood up to review. Given that it's Game 5 of the American League Division Series, our expert analysts at The Huffington Post have decided that this will be "A Thing" if the Rangers hold on and win. UPDATE: It's not A Thing. The Blue Jays won. Bonus game footage: An angry Blue Jays fan reportedly threw a beer on a baby.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a we ...
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Buehrle Beats Yankees, Blue Jays Win 5-1
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Russell Martin homered, Mark Buehrle earned a victory over the Yankees for the first time in more than a decade and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night.
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 2 years
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Kipnis went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored as the Cleveland Indians grabbed a 10-7 over the Toronto Blue Jays to split a four-game set. Michael Brantley, Brandon Moss and Ryan Raburn each drove in a pair of runs for the Indians, who had lost six of eight coming into the contest. Trevor Bauer was clobbered for six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out one over 4 1/3 innings. Marc Rzepczynski (1-0) got the win for an inning of scoreless relief. Devon Travis clubbed a grand slam, Russell Martin hit a solo home run, while Michael Saunders and Ezequiel Carrera each drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10. Drew Hutchison allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, while Jeff Francis (1-1) was handed the loss after allowing two runs.
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Baseball-Highlights of Friday's Major League games
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Adds late games) April 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League baseball games: - - - Braves 8, Blue Jays 7 Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes hit a solo home run, first baseman Freddie Freeman added a two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves held on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves (7-3) overcame a five-homer barrage by the Blue Jays (5-6), including two each by third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin, to win the opener of a three-game interleague series. ...
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 2 years
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Alex Rodriguez's return took center stage leading up to the New York Yankees' season opener, but Drew Hutchison and the Toronto Blue Jays ended up stealing the show. Hutchison's six strong innings and a five-run third off Masahiro Tanaka carried the Blue Jays to a 6-1 Opening Day win in Rodriguez's first major league game since Sept. 25, 2013. Hutchison (1-0) held the Yankees to three hits, one a solo homer to Brett Gardner, in an impressive first career Opening Day start. The young righty was backed by a big third inning, highlighted by a two-run single from prized offseason pickup Russell Martin and capped by Edwin Encarnacion's two-run homer. Devon Travis added a solo homer, the rookie second baseman's first major league hit, later on for Toronto. Rodriguez, back from a league- imposed suspension for the three-time AL MVP's his involvement in the Biogenesis PED ...
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Colombia judge frees US missionary arrested over alleged FARC ties
Yahoo News - about 2 years
A Colombian judge said there was not enough evidence to keep an American missionary jailed after he was arrested over suspected links to FARC leftist guerrillas. Russell Martin Stendal, 59, a Christian missionary who is a longtime resident of Colombia, was detained Wednesday at police headquarters in Bogota. Prosecutors said they had been investigating Stendal over suspicions that he provided logistical support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the main rebel group in Colombia's 50-year-old civil war. Local media said Stendal's lawyer Eder Castro said he was a dedicated missionary, not a criminal.
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US missionary arrested in Colombia over alleged FARC links
Yahoo News - about 2 years
An American missionary has been arrested in Colombia over suspected links with FARC leftist guerrillas, police and prosecutors said Thursday. Russell Martin Stendal, a Christian missionary who is a longtime resident of Colombia, was detained Wednesday at police headquarters in Bogota. Prosecutors said they had been investigating Stendal over suspicions that he provided logistical support to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the main rebel group in Colombia's 50-year-old civil war.
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Cardinals Edge Pirates 2-1 In Game 4: Michael Wacha Helps St. Louis Tie NLDS (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
PITTSBURGH -- PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series. The Cardinals tied this playoff matchup and improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason. Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit in Game 4. Wacha, who came within an out of a no-hitter in his final start of the regular season, and the St. Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday's two-run homer in the sixth stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first postseason save. Game 5 will be Wednesday in St. Louis, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the NL Central champion Cardinals and rookie Gerrit Cole going for the wild-card Pirates. Both pitc ...
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Pirates Celebration: NL Wild Card Game Win Ends Long Drought In Pittsburgh (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
For the Pirates and their fans, Buctober has finally arrived. Thanks in large part to the pitching of Francisco Liriano and the two home runs hit by Russell Martin, the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrated their first postseason win since 1992 on Tuesday night at PNC Park. When closer Jason Grilli recorded the final out of the Pirates' 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card Game the party at raucous PNC Park really got started. "This is the newest, biggest buzz," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said after the game, via MLB.com. "It's still ringing in my ears. When we took the field for the announcements, the opening announcements, they let it rip. The park showed up tonight." Another thing that showed up at the ballpark was the delivery of champagne and beer for the victory celebration. Before heading off to St. Louis for the NL Division Series, the Pirates enjoyed the club's first locker room victory celebration since Barry Bonds and Andy Van Slyke were patrolling the outfi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Martin
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 32
    On April 3, 2015 at the spring training game of the Toronto Blue Jays hosting the Cincinnati Reds at Montreal Olympic Stadium, Russell Martin Sr. played the Canadian National Anthem on his saxophone.
    More Details Hide Details 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. After graduating from high school, Martin took a junior college scholarship at Chipola College in Marianna, Florida. 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.
    He ended the 2015 regular season with a .240 batting average, 23 home runs, and 77 RBI in 129 games.
    More Details Hide Details On October 29, Martin was announced as a finalist for the catcher Gold Glove award, along with Salvador Pérez and Jason Castro.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On November 18, 2014, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they had signed Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. On April 19, Martin caught Jeff Francis in his debut for the Blue Jays, and in doing so formed the first all-Canadian battery in franchise history. On June 2, Martin stole home off the back end of a double steal, and in doing so became the first Blue Jays player to steal home since Brett Lawrie did so in 2012. 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.
    Martin was suspended 2 games by the MLB on April 22, 2014 for his role in the brawl.
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    During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 20, 2014, Martin was involved in a brawl that was started after Carlos Gómez hit a triple off of Gerrit Cole.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On June 8, 2013, Martin hit his 100th career home run.
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    On June 4, 2013, Martin made his first start and appearance at right field.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    On November 29, 2012, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed Martin for two years and $17 million.
    More Details Hide Details The deal became official on November 30.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a Super Two player, Martin was eligible for arbitration for a fourth time, and he signed a $7.5 million one-year contract 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.
    He was elected to the 2011 American League All-Star team as a Yankee.
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    Martin began the 2011 season as the everyday catcher for the Yankees.
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    Martin agreed to a $6 million guaranteed one-year contract with the New York Yankees for the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details The value of the contract could reach $9.4 million if he caught 110 games.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    In 2010, Martin continued to regress as he hit .248 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI in 97 games.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    Martin was first selected to play for Canada during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. Martin would later withdraw his name, citing soreness. Martin was born in Toronto, Ontario, and spent his early childhood in Montreal, Quebec. He is biracial: his father, Russell Martin Sr., is black, while his mother, Suzanne Jeanson, is white. They separated when Martin was two years old. 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 John Coltrane. His father used to play saxophone in Montreal metro stations to help pay for his baseball training. When Martin was eight years old, his mother remarried, and he relocated with his mother and sister to Paris, France.
    He slumped offensively in 2009, hitting only .250 with 7 home runs in 143 games, the weakest totals in his four-year career.
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    He played for the Canadian team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic and then rejoined the Dodgers.
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    On January 20, 2009, Martin signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract to avoid salary arbitration.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was the largest ever awarded to a catcher in his first year of arbitration.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Martin made his second all-star game during the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details He caught 10 innings of a 15 inning game in which the American League won 4 to 3. Martin's 10 innings caught are tied for fourth place all time among all star catchers in a single game.
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 24
    At the end of the 2007 season, he was awarded with the National League Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger Award.
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    In May 2007, Martin broke the Dodgers' franchise record for single-season steals by a catcher (12) set by John Roseboro in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On April 21, 2007, Martin hit a walk-off grand slam against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Shawn Chacón in the bottom of the 10th inning.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first grand slam of his career.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    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 have been hit in a row since the 1964 Minnesota Twins.
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    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.
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    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 June 6, 2006, Martin and Éric Gagné made baseball history by becoming the first French Canadian battery in the majors.
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    Martin was promoted to the Dodgers on May 5, 2006, after a wrist injury to starting catcher Dioner Navarro.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Martin began the 2006 season with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, where he hit .297 in 23 games before his promotion.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Following the 2014 season, he signed a five-year, $82 million contract with his hometown Blue Jays.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During the offseason, Martin played with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2003
    Age 20
    Martin played the 2003 minor league season with the Ogden Raptors, and was later promoted to the Class-A South Georgia Waves.
    More Details Hide Details In 77 combined games, he batted .276 with 9 home runs and 50 RBI.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In the offseason, he was converted to a catcher.
  • 2000
    Age 17
    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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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1983.
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