In the movie Happy Gilmore, the main character talks of a hockey record he has; saying he’s the only player to ever cut a guy with his skate. Now, Russell Martin has another dubious distinction in Los Angeles Dodgers history.
Indeed, Martin is in the record books after making a recent appearance at third base in last Sunday’s game. Ken Gurnick took to twitter to report on the historic achievement achieved by Martin.
Russell Martin is the first Dodger to pitch, catch and play third base in the same season, per STATS.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 21, 2019
Per STATS Inc., Martin is the first Dodgers player to pitch, catch, and play third base in the same season.
First, he threw the scoreless inning heard round The City of Angels in April. Then, he actually did it a second time. Meanwhile around all that, he’s caught in 42 games in 2019. Finally, he logged an inning at third base to complete the rare Dodger trifecta.
Martin has appeared in a big league game at the hot corner 51 times in his career, as recently as 2018 with Toronto.
Certainly, his second go around with the Dodgers has been one of intrigue and a little bit of fun. While he has posted an OPS of just .637 on the year, he has given plenty of entertainment to the Dodgers’ fan base.
And who knows the next time this record will be approached. Perhaps it is his well-known dedication to mixed martial arts that allowed him to achieve such a feat in his age-36 season. Finally, who knows how long the ride carries on for Martin in a big league uniform; but it’s important to remember him for this feat.