From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
Russell Martin has played for quite a few good teams, reaching the postseason six times in his 10-year career.However, the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays might top them all.“We’re looking like the best team I’ve ever been on,” Martin told reporters after sweeping the New York Yankees. “And with the additions we made, definitely. We’re a deep team now. I like our chances.”The...
Kendrys Morales Avoids Russell Martin's Tag at the Plate In Masterful Fashion During Royals-Blue Jays Game
Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin should have tagged Kendrys Morales out on the lay below. He had the ball he was able to get in position. Somehow Morales pulled off a tremendous trick by stopping his slide and letting Martin's momentum take him past the plate so he could step over him and score.Well done. Well done indeed.via Cut4Read more »
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 […]
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...
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 […]
With the Pittsburgh Pirates likely heading into the postseason this year, everything isn't all good for the Bucs as manager Neil Huntington has stated that it is unlikely for star catcher Russell Martin to remain with the team. Huntington delivered the news in his weekly press conference today. #455747144 / gettyimages.comAccording to a report on www.bucsdugout.com:"Recently, the...
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