Bienvenue, Russell Martin

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A from the blogosphere lately, school has really picked up in the month of November. Writing papers has really taken up all of my writing blog posts time. The recent signing of Russell Martin by my beloved Toronto Blue Jays has sparked my need to return to the keyboard.

Alex Anthopolous finally struck and made his first big move of the off-season with the signing of free agent catcher, Russell Martin. After a quiet off-season last year, offering Martin a 5-year, $82 million contract at this point is a great step in the right direction for the Blue Jays. Last year with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Martin hit .290/.402/.430 and posted a 140 wRC+ – the third highest among catchers. Martin’s glove is one of the best in the league. He led all catchers in 2013 in fielding percentage, and fourth in defensive games as catcher in the same year.

Russell Martin is known to be one of the greatest leaders in the game. He was an established leader in both the Yankees’ and Pirates’ clubhouses, and is sure to bring this skill to the Blue Jays. It’s pretty well impossible to quantify leadership, but his veteran presence will be a bonus for a team that has been on the fringes of the play-offs for two decades.

The signing of Russell Martin by the Blue Jays was big news for fans of Baseball Canada. Martin, born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, played for Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. We have seen the excitement brought to the field by fellow Canadians, Brett Lawrie and Dalton Pompey. It’s always exciting to see another Canadian playing for Canada’s only Major League Baseball team.

Russell Martin’s bat, glove, and personality will be a welcome addition to the Blue Jays’ roster in 2015. Welcome home, Russell.

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