The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their catching tandem on Friday, trading for veteran Russell Martin. Furthermore, the trade marks a homecoming of sorts for the veteran back-stop. Martin will share the workload with Austin Barnes in hopes of getting the Dodgers back to their third consecutive World Series appearance.
Martin spoke to David Vassegh of AM570 about what the return to Los Angeles means to him.
— AM 570 LA Sports (@AM570LASports) January 12, 2019
After listening to the interview at the link, Martin sounds happy to be out of Canada and back in Southern California.
It feels almost like a dream. LA felt like home and people are saying “hey, you are coming back home” and it really does feel like that because it is funny I’m from Canada and I was playing for the Blue Jays.
Moreover, Russell is coming off a 2018 in which he hit just .194 with a .338 on-base percentage. Because of this, Martin will have his fair share of doubters. These are folks who believe his best days are behind him.
Proving people wrong is definitely motivation. If they are just looking at the numbers, they might not even be happy with this move. Obviously I want to have a better statistical season there’s no question about it and I am doing everything possible in my control as far as being in the cage, taking swings, getting my body ready, getting in shape. When it comes to baseball, winning, and getting your best out of your pitching staff and getting the best out of your teammates and yourself, there’s some intangibles there you can’t measure.
Equally important will be the veteran leadership Martin brings to a culture already acclimated to winning. Martin appeared in the postseason with every team he was a member of since leaving Los Angeles.
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