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Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby mobzz » Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:47 am

I swore him off after a very frustrating season last year and somehow ended up drafting him again. Do you guys see him making any improvement. I hate to bench such an early pick.
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby BillyHallDisciple » Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:07 pm

I'm similarly frustrated. Got him in a keeper and somehow by instinct during my auction this year, I knew I had to have Matt Wieters as Russ Martin insurance (glad I did that!). Still, I didn't think Martin would have the same number of major-league homers as I do at this point.

Today I have room to start Martin in my line-up due to a few of my players having off-days, but I'm still planning to bench him because I don't want him to keep killing my batting average. He's got 7 steals so he appears healthy...

This 6/14 article sheds a little light on his slump, it appears it's both mental and mechanical.

http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/ ... sp&c_id=la
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:00 pm

No, no, I can't. :-b

I believe the slump is more mental than anything from what I've seen. For me, Martin's struggles have drifted by the wayside thanks to my delirious happiness that Matt Kemp is hitting a few spots up the order. B-)
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby foeplay » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:08 pm

Wish they would teach Pierre how to catch. :-/
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby Cards07Champs » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:13 pm

Most folks should've seen this coming.

He was falling off pretty bad last season. He made his bones by stealing bases (and catchers that steal bases tend to drop off quickly). He got moved down in the order. His pedigree didn't suggest a true 'professional hitter'.

It was going to create a perfect storm of suck. I dumped him in my keeper league for a draft pick as quickly as I could in the offseason.

Sorry man, I've got nothing but downers for ya.
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby BillyHallDisciple » Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:29 pm

He made his bones by stealing bases (and catchers that steal bases tend to drop off quickly).


Not trying to be devil's advocate just for the hell of it, but is this statement really true? If so, what are some names of catchers who stole bases who dropped off quickly? Kendall and Pudge stole bases for several years each at the catcher position.
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby Box » Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:26 pm

He made the "Rickie Weeks"(never ever ever owning again) list for me this season. I just got fed up with his awful day to day performances and dropped him outright. There's no reason he should be 98% owned in Yahoo Plus leagues.
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby californiasunshine » Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:02 pm

Box wrote:He made the "Rickie Weeks"(never ever ever owning again) list for me this season. I just got fed up with his awful day to day performances and dropped him outright. There's no reason he should be 98% owned in Yahoo Plus leagues.


Ummm I have R.Martin and haven't even contemplated dropping him.....I guess I forgot how deep the catcher position is :-?
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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:01 am

californiasunshine wrote:
Box wrote:He made the "Rickie Weeks"(never ever ever owning again) list for me this season. I just got fed up with his awful day to day performances and dropped him outright. There's no reason he should be 98% owned in Yahoo Plus leagues.


Ummm I have R.Martin and haven't even contemplated dropping him.....I guess I forgot how deep the catcher position is :-?


Um, it's not R. Martin anymore, it's J. Martin. :-b

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Re: Can any Dodger fans make me feel better about Russel Martin?

Postby Ender » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:47 am

Catchers are for suckers. They just wear down too quickly and get banged up too often. Sure Martin will likely turn it around some but more importantly learn a lesson here and go for the mid range catchers in the future instead of the top end ones.

I just hope Mauer moves positions because I think with his bad knees he is headed for a bust season in the near future if he stays at the position.
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