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Should Russell Martin be watching his back?

Jan 2, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT is running a “10 questions”
series for all 30 MLB teams and I’ll go over a few of the more
interesting tidbits today. We’ll start
with a piece by Ken Gurnick about the Dodgers:

Is this a make-or-break season for catcher Russell Martin?

Management hasn’t given up on Martin, but it isn’t ignoring his
two-year regression. Don’t be surprised if A.J. Ellis gets a lot of
playing time in Spring Training, and don’t be surprised if he makes a
serious run at Martin’s job.

That, my friends, is insane. Ellis, 29, has just one major league hit to his credit and despite an impressive on-base
percentage in the minors, he has just four home runs over the past two
seasons (697 plate appearances). Ellis won’t push Martin for his job,
but he could save him from the heavy workload (he has caught over 143 games in each of the last three seasons) that has taken a toll on his bat and his legs.

  1. RM - Jan 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Yes, you may be right. But what a player does in the minors doesn’t always translate into what he does in the bigs. And if Ellis can’t hack it there is Lucas May. And if May can’t do it, someone else will be coming up. It is unfortunate, and somewhat of a puzzle; that Russel Martin is getting worse instead of better. So there is good reason for him to be looking over his shoulder. The only consolation for Russel is that many catchers in MLB are performing at about his same level, sub par.

  2. Jason - Jan 3, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Good thing the Dodgers have stud catcher Carlos Santana coming up soon… oh wait! haha

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