Russell Martin has officially retired from major league baseball. The catcher has not played a game since the 2019 season, but announced via Instagram that he will be retiring. Russell Martin played for many teams throughout his career, including the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and most notably, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He both began and ended his career with the Dodgers. The native Canadian played 14 seasons, and was a four-time all-star.
Russell Martin Officially Retires
Fans and players alike will be sad to see Russell Martin officially retire. He was a staple in the game for a long time. He was drafted first by the Montreal Expos, and chose not to sign. Martin was then drafted again by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002 in the 17th round. Originally drafted as a third baseman, his career would not turn out to be what even he expected. He became the everyday catcher for the Dodgers, and was rewarded with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award at the end of his second season in 2007.
A man of few injuries, he was always ready and able to play. Not only that, but he was consistent too. Generally, catchers are thought to be rather unproductive in the lineup. Martin shattered that notion and was a force both behind the plate and at the plate. Martin had a career batting average of .248 and an OBP of .349.
He was a fan favorite everywhere he went, especially while playing with the Blue Jays. While with the Jays, he got the opportunity to play in his home country. He relished the spring games played yearly in Montreal, where he got a standing ovation every time he came up to bat. He was also very connected to his home country, having played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic in 2009.
Russell Martin Post Retirement
In his post about retirement, Russell Martin discussed some of his plans. He mentioned how he has found a new passion in golf. He says it fulfills his competitive needs. In a new adventure, he has also released a seltzer called Cruise Hard Seltzer. Fans can check out more on his Instagram. He is also expecting his third child. Congratulations to Martin on his growing family.
To a player who played a key role for many organizations, he will be remembered for his competitive nature and his intelligence behind the plate. As teammate Kevin Pillar once described, “He’s a warrior.” Russell Martin is a warrior who excelled. He will be known as one of the best catchers in the game in the late 2000s and 2010s. His value was unmatched. His personality and drive were irreplaceable. Congratulations on a fantastic career, Russell Martin.
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