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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Russell Martin slugged a solo homer Thursday in the Blue Jays' loss to the Cardinals.
It was a no-doubter off Carlos Martinez in the top of the second inning. Martin also drew a walk and scored his second run of the game in the top of the sixth. The veteran catcher is batting .190/.347/.362 with three home runs and three RBI in 17 games this season. Apr 27 - 5:27 PM

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Russell Martin is starting at third base for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night in St. Louis.

It'll be his first start at the hot corner since 2013. Toronto has struggled to cover for the loss of star third baseman Josh Donaldson, who's been out with a calf strain since April 14.
Apr 25 - 5:06 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 and homered for the Jays' only run of the game Monday.

Martin is 8-for-26 with a couple of homers in his last seven games, taking his average from .042 to .180. The two homers have been responsible for his only runs batted in of the year.
Apr 25 - 1:42 AM

Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start at catcher and hit seventh versus Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Martin owns a brutal .103/.271/.205 batting line in 48 plate appearances this season.
Apr 20 - 10:09 AM

Russell Martin belted his first home run of the season on Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

It came off of Brian Johnson in the fifth inning. Martin also added a walk, scoring a couple times. It's been a really rough start for the Blue Jays' backstop, much like it was last season. He's hitting just .114/.295/.229 even after the nice night Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 11:26 PM

The Blue Jays are planning on giving Russell Martin a day off on Saturday.

The slumping Martin will be replaced by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Apr 14 - 4:45 PM

Russell Martin's rough start to the 2017 season continued as he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Rays.

Martin is now in an 0-for-14 funk to begin the season, though he does still sport a .300 on-base percentage. From a fantasy perspective, he remains one of the better offensive options in the league and owners shouldn't overreact to a miserable first week.
Apr 9 - 4:12 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

He's just getting some rest. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is filling in behind the plate.
Apr 7 - 3:29 PM

Russell Martin will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin was expected to play shortstop for Team Canada. That would have been a career-first for the longtime backstop, but Jon Morosi of FOX Sports passes along that Martin will not be playing for Team Canada because he was not cleared for contract insurance. This will not effect his availability for spring training.
Feb 8 - 9:13 PM

Russell Martin will play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Martin caught some flak for skipping out on the last WBC, but this time he's willing to do whatever he can to help Team Canada. Apparently that includes playing a new position. Martin has made 19 big-league appearances at third base and four at second base but has never played an inning of shortstop. "You go ahead and put me wherever you want," said Martin. Ryan Dempster, Freddie Freeman, Eric Gagne (seriously) and Justin Morneau are also slated to suit up for Team Canada in the WBC.
Jan 14 - 6:31 PM

Russell Martin homered and drove home the game's winning run in the 10th inning on Sunday as the Blue Jays completed their sweep of the Rangers in the ALDS with a 7-6 victory.

Martin clubbed a solo homer off of Colby Lewis in the first inning that gave the Jays an early 3-1 advantage. He then stepped to the dish with two men on and one out in the bottom of the 10th inning and hit a ground ball to the shortstop. Rougned Odor's throw to first base on the double play attempt pulled Mitch Moreland off of the bag, while Josh Donaldson raced never stopped, racing around third base and scoring the series-clinching run. The Jays will now wait to see where they'll open the ALCS on Friday.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 11:16:00 PM

Russell Martin (pinkie) is in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday against the Rangers.

Martin required stitches after he sliced his left pinkie while celebrating Tuesday night's Wild Card Game victory over the Orioles, but he is starting at catcher and batting fifth on Thursday in Texas. "He’s all right," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "He’s a hockey player, man."
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Russell Martin needed a couple of stitches to close a cut on his left pinkie.

Martin injured his pinkie during Tuesday's raucous Wild Card victory celebration. Unless further word surfaces to the contrary, the veteran backstop should be fine moving forward. The Blue Jays and Rangers will square off in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 06:20:00 PM

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run and four total RBI in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Angels.

Martin lofted a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to boost the Blue Jays to a 2-0 lead. He would do considerably more damage in the sixth, when he cracked a three-run home run off Jose Valdez with one out. The veteran backstop started out slowly this season, but has at least somewhat rebounded to his current triple-slash of .239/.334/.418 over 402 at-bats. He has homered in back-to-back contests to give him 19 long balls and 71 RBI for the year as a whole.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 01:30:00 AM

Russell Martin is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

Martin hit a two-run homer on Tuesday night, but he'll sit Wednesday with Dioner Navarro catching Marco Estrada and batting sixth versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb. It's just a routine day of rest for Martin.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 11:03:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Bo Schultz
10Dominic Leone