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Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna impresses Russell Martin in second career save

He's just 20 years old. He only has two saves in his big league career. But Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is impressing his team's leader.After notching his second career save (a four-out save to boot), catcher Russell Martin spoke highly of his young closer, noting his perfect execution of his pitches to get that last out.“He called me out to the mound and was like, ‘Hey...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin hits go-ahead 11th inning homer, Jays win 10 straight (Video)

Another day, another hero for the Toronto Blue Jays.Tied 4-4 in the 11th inning, Russell Martin came to the plate and hit an absolute no-doubter to put the Jays up:That's 10-straight wins for the red-hot Blue Jays, who will face Boston Red Sox rookie phenom Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale.
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin plays hero again, leads Blue Jays to 10th straight win

BOSTON -- Russell Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day, a leadoff home run in the 11th inning Saturday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the Boston Red Sox. The winning streak is Toronto's longest since it took 11 in a row in June 2013. Boston, in last place in the AL East, lost its fifth straight game and fell a season...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy bats make the Blue Jays AL East contenders

The Toronto Blue Jays are becoming increasingly harder to peg. The club stumbled out of the gate to a 23-30 record. New big bats Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin made the teams already potent offense more powerful, but the clubs pitching – specifically the clubs starters – had been atrocious. After their disappointing start, the club suddenly reeled off seven straight...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin makes appearance at second base (Video)

Russell Martin can do it all. The Gold Glove catcher was forced to fill in at second base today after eight innings behind the dish."I'm just a really good infielder, no matter what," Martin said, joking with reporters after the game.It wasn't necessarily a surprise, though, when manager John Gibbons asked him to switch positions mid-game."We had talked about it a couple of weeks...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

A Theory on Russell Martin’s Framing Numbers

Projection systems tend to look at reality a whole lot more soberly than us humans, who can fall madly in love with a player on the basis of aesthetic appeal alone. That’s why most offseason columns here at FanGraphs reviewing free-agent acquisitions tend to damper down instead of ramp up excitement. So it is a […]
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Showing His Worth

Russell Martin has been the MLB’s best catcher through the first 30 games. When the Toronto Blue Jays dished out $82 million over 5 years to sign Canadian catcher Russell Martin, it came as a bit of a surprise to some due to the fact Dioner Navarro was coming off a 2.0 fWAR season, the best of his career for a full season of catching. Navarro looked much better to Blue Jays...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Russell Martin to five-year deal

About an hour after I named Russell Martin one of the bargains of this free agent crop, the Blue Jays removed him from the pile, signing him to a five year, $82.5 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal. This was slightly higher than the 5/$75M I’d guessed in my predictions, and quite a bit higher […]
Via Fangraphs
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Russell Martin 'perfect fit' for Chicago

The Chicago Cubs are getting closer to becoming a contender. They are starting to see the future now -- Chicago has called up many of their top prospects this September -- and contention does not appear to be too far away. If they have a good offseason, we could possibly be seeing the Cubs in the playoffs as soon as next season.#455204138 / gettyimages.comOne piece that the Cubs...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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