Throwback Thursday - All-Time Greats - Catchers

View image | Stephen Vogt and Russell Martin are off to a fast start and fantasy baseball owners are loving it!  Martin was the 11th catcher selected (17th round) in Yahoo leagues, while Vogt went 15th (21st round), even with his mutli-position eligibility.  Vogt is hitting .307/.413/.605 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI, scoring 20 runs, while Martin is slashing...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jay C Russell Martin JUMPED into the Angels dugout

Russell Martin attempts to track a foul ball but runs out of room and hops on the railing, jumping into the Angels' dugout.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
Via Bob's Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Russell Martin jumps into Angels dugout

During tonight's game, Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin flashed his athleticism by jumping into the Los Angeles Angels dugout, avoiding (and also using) the dugout fence in the process: There's been no report that Martin does parkour during his free time.
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Baseball Strategy: May 20, 2015

View image | Good day, everyone! Below we’ve got a discussion on the pitching situation for tonight’s late slate on DraftKings. We’ve also got a discussion on which teams are the best to pick hitters from as well as player rankings for each position. Forecast As of right now it appears that there won’t be any weather difficulties tonight. Because of the...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Mike Trout’s Broken Bat Hit Russell Martin and the Home Plate Umpire

We know Mike Trout can hit almost anything, but he took his “hit” tool next level Tuesday evening against the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. In the top of the sixth inning, Sanchez sawed off Trout’s bat, but the future weatherman was able to fight off the pitch for a bloop single to centerfield. However, the pitch wasn’t the only thing Trout made contact with, as the barrel...
Via Busted Coverage
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Paredes’ Bat a Glimmer of Hope for Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles’ Jimmy Paredes follows through on a single in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Baltimore. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The underachieving Baltimore Orioles have seen Adam Jones jump out to a career-best start. He still ranks among...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: May 18, 2015

View image | Welcome to the’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. Whether you play season-long or daily fantasy, expect to see the best coverage from ever team, every night, all season long. Only seven games were scheduled for today, but there was no...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bautista homers, Blue Jays beat Angels to end 5-game skid

TORONTO (AP) Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst five-game losing streak, beating the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Monday. Bautista and Russell Martin, who had a go-ahead single in the sixth inning, each finished with three hits. Albert Pujols, David Freese and Chris Iannetta hit solo homers for the Angels, who lost their second...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  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 […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt’s Musings: Offseason Signings “On Point” or “On Vacation”?

Well, folks, unless you were a part of the great snow-fest of 2015 in the Northeast, summer vacation is about a month and some change away. It’s felt like spring was skipped, going from 20 degrees with a foot of snow to 70 with 50% humidity from one week to the next. Like the weather, some players are as hot and cold as the months change. I’d first like to gauge if some of the...
Via Baseball Professor
11 days ago  |  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
15 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB upholds 14-game suspension for Blue Jays coach Jacoby

TORONTO -- Major League Baseball upheld a 14-game suspension for Toronto hitting coach Brook Jacoby after a fracas with an umpire, prompting the former All-Star player to say Friday he didn't deserve such a "harsh" penalty. Jacoby was accused of putting his forearms up near umpire Doug Eddings' neck and pinning him against a wall in a dugout tunnel at Fenway Park after the Blue...
Via AP on Fox
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, May 7

Yesterday the Official Lineup’s GPP upside was done in by mediocre pitching — Gerrit Cole didn’t come up big against the Reds and C.J. Wilson was merely “50/50 good.” Part of that is Huston Street’s fault as Street blew the save against the Mariners. Of course, spending $5,400 on a five-point performance (Carlos Gomez) never helps. On the plus side, Russell Martin and...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Buehrle beats Yankees, Blue Jays win 5-1

TORONTO (AP) 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. Martin went 3 for 4 and Chris Colabello had a career-high four hits as the Blue Jays took two of three from the AL East-leading Yankees. Buehrle came in with a 1-14 record in his career against...
Via AP on Fox
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby suspended 14 games

  Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday. After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto's 4-1 loss, members of the Blue Jays coaching...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hitting coach Jacoby suspended 14 games

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays hitting coach Brook Jacoby has been suspended 14 games for his postgame conduct toward the umpires following an April 29 game at Boston. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, announced the suspension Monday. After Russell Martin was called out on strikes by Adrian Johnson for the final out of Toronto's 4-1 loss, members of the Blue Jays...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Danny Jansen Working Hard to Be Blue Jays’ Catcher of the Future

The Blue Jays locked up their catching position for five seasons by signing Russell Martin last November. While it feels good knowing the organization filled a position of need on their big league roster, fans still need to be prepared for the day Martin’s contract expires. Who will fill that void? While there are many names being tossed around the Blue Jays minor league system...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadians Well Represented in Toronto Blue Jays Lineup

By Michael Weber. Oh Canada….On Saturday night the Toronto Blue Jays made major league baseball history.  No, it didn’t having anything to do with their 4 – 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.   It had everything to do with home-grown talent.  For the first time ever three Canadian-born position players were in the starting lineup. Starting catcher Russell Martin, right fielder...
Via Beyond The Spread
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays have record 3 Canadian position players in lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have made major league history by putting three Canadian-born position players in the starting lineup. The Blue Jays started catcher Russell Martin and outfielders Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Never before had a big league team started three Canadian position players. The Montreal Expos twice...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays get to Tanaka, spoil A-Rod's Yankees return in opener

  The Toronto Blue Jays gave catcher Russell Martin the second-largest contract in franchise history to help bolster a potent lineup and give the young pitching staff a steady guide. One game into the new season, the deal is looking pretty good for the team with the longest playoff drought in baseball. Martin singled in two runs and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer off Masahiro...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays In Montreal Exemplified By Russell Martin

“There is something special about baseball that goes far deeper than being a game. It is the father-son relationship that is built, the life lessons that are taught in the process of playing a game and the ability to overcome not succeeding all of the time and still considering yourself a success.” ― JohnA Passaro, In the Zone and other Sports Essays The Toronto Blue Jays...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The art of knuckleball catching

  Russell Martin was sitting at his locker in the Blue Jays' clubhouse, talking about catching the knuckleball, when former major-league catcher Sal Butera, a Jays coach, joined the conversation.  Butera caught knuckleballer Joe Niekro with the 1987 World Series champion Twins. Martin, the Jays' big free-agent addition, is learning to catch right-hander R.A. Dickey, the game's...
Via Fox Sports
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Pirates both love Russell Martin, but only Toronto has him

DUNEDIN, Fla. – It’s almost as if the Blue Jays hatched a sinister plot on Russell Martin. Sure, Russ, here’s that lavish five-year contract. And here’s a pitching staff with two rookie starters, two rookie relievers and a 40-year-old knuckleballer, OK? “He’s got a full plate,” the knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, said with a smile. “But hey, that’s why we paid him ...
Via Fox Sports
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Primed for Division Crown

Part three of a five-part series on the American League East sees us examining why it is the Toronto Blue Jays‘ year to finally win the division. The Blue Jays had a busy offseason adding two big bats in Josh Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics and Russell Martin via free agency. They finally addressed their biggest need in signing Martin to a five-year deal. Donaldson has become...
Via Baseball Essential
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

I haven’t freaked out yet about Russell Martin’s absence (but maybe I should)

Now that we’re rolling into season preview season, I’m starting to notice a trend in Pirate previews. There are really, really positive previews and there are guardedly optimistic ones. The dividing line between the two tends to be what the previewer thinks of the absence of Russell Martin. I mainly noticed this while reading the Bucs Dugout preview, in which Charlie is a little...
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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