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Russell Martin blames himself for Jays’ relaying signs

Jul 15, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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Russell Martin says the Jays’ were stealing signs from second base in Thursday’s loss and that he’s the one to blame.

Toronto scored eight runs in the first off Bartolo Colon on the way to a 16-7 win last night.

“I’m not bothered by it,” he said. “I was more angry at myself for figuring it out too late and changing them too late. The game was almost out of hand at that point.”

Martin said runners at second base were tipping off hitters by turning their heads one way for a fastball and the other way for an offspeed pitch.

“The reason why you put multiple signs down is so they’re not able to relay, and that type of stuff,” Martin said. “There’s a reason why you just use one when there’s nobody on, and multiple when there’s people on.”

Martin said he finally figured it out in the fourth and set up a new series of signs with pitcher Hector Noesi.

  1. cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    If I was Russ Martin I wouldn’t feel so bad. The Dugong was not exactly lighting the place up with his pitching last night. In fact Fat Bart was nibbling the corners from the get go, seemed afraid to throw his fast ball and was puffing like a beached whale after running all over the infield. It’s not Martin’s fault The Dugong be chubby, prone to missing, and lacked velocity.

    • solidzac - Jul 16, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      So, are you saying Bartolo Colon is fat?

      • cur68 - Jul 16, 2011 at 5:59 PM

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    And which pitchers allowed the Blue Jays hitters to get on second base? They had a ton of hits. You can’t blame the catcher for that.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    I have a question for Yankee fans. What is Teixeira’s excuse for his lackluster hitting recently? His BA is down to .240

    • kiwicricket - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      My fantasy team would like to know the same thing!

      • losburrosinblue - Jul 16, 2011 at 12:16 AM

        I was talking to a guy who has a terrible time with his catchers. This year, he based his entire lineup around two catchers. He picked Posey and Mauer. At least Tex is playing the game…

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:12 PM

      You could try asking anyone on the Jays who bats lower that the cleanup spot the same question…but how many of them have 25 dingers. I wish Teixeira was the Yankees problem.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      PC- it’s because he has zero plate discipline. HIm and Cano can’t take two pitches in a row without swinging.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM

        You know, that might be interesting if it were even remotely true. BB%, K% and O-Swing% all significantly better than league average. Try again.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2011 at 9:24 PM

        Teixieria is 68th in OBP. Cano is 65th.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2011 at 9:43 PM

        Which is a result of poor BABIP, not poor plate discipline (in Teixeira’s case).

    • damnyankee13 - Jul 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM

      he ate too much canadian bacon

  4. mikedi33 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    Giraldi and his coaches should have picked up on this right away.

  5. clydeserra - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Psst. He is Canadian. He is on the take from the queen.

    • cur68 - Jul 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      Hey, Freddy Mercury doesn’t need to pay for anything. If Russ Martin is on the take from someone it’s gotta be f#$king Bieber. I wouldn’t put anything past that no talent a$$-clown.

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 16, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    What’s this, a player reacting reasonably to signs being stolen instead of screaming about fire and brimstone?

    • clydeserra - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:31 AM

      As I noted earlier, he *is* Canadian after all.

  7. meadowsm20 - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Pouliot, nice job turning Hector Noesi into a Pollack.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Basically, the Yankees have a second rate rotation with only one reliable starting pitcher and the Jays are due to beat up on him today. The problem the Yankees faced was that the Jays were getting a lot of hits against the Yankee retreada. Stealing signs had nothing to do with it. Second rate pitching is a big problem in New York.

  9. markfrednubble - Jul 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    No kidding, where is the “disrespect” whining? Blaming yourself? Apparently Russell Martin is not a modern pro athlete.

  10. FC - Jul 16, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    If you have opposing base-runners routinely at second base you have bigger problems than sign stealing.

  11. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 16, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time the Yankees have claimed that another team was stealing their signs this season. Stop crying and accept that you lost.

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