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Canadian Russell Martin withdraws
“and I simply didn’t want to catch.”
Operation Shutdown 2: The De-Catchening
Martin signed to a two-year, US$17-million deal with Pittsburgh in November and was concerned about the physical wear and tear that comes with the tournament.
“It’s just too much grind,” he added. “The catcher’s out there the whole game, and it just takes your body so long to recover from catching 20 innings or so.”
Must be a French Canadian...
[Russell] Martin, a Canadian citizen, told Greg Hamilton, the Baseball Canada head coach and director of the national teams, that he wants to play shortstop in the W.B.C. Hamilton was receptive to the idea.
Russell Martin has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic, leaving Canada without its starting catcher.
I'm just bummed we don't get to see him at SS. How fun would that have been?
There hasn't been a Canadian that's played at least five games at shortstop in the majors since Pete Orr in 2008 (8 games).
Along with others, I was wondering why not Martin at 3B/Lawrie at SS, and am wondering it even more so now.
You'd be asking another player to play out of position just to humour Martin's desire to make his SS debut in the WBC.
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