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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Baseball Canada scrambling to replace Martin

Baseball Canada is scrambling to replace Russell Martin on its World Baseball Classic roster a week before opening its training camp after the all-star catcher abruptly pulled out because he doesn’t want to handle duties behind the plate.

Two possible replacements are George Kottaras, who already said no once because he is fighting for the backup job with the Kansas City Royals, and John Suomi, a veteran minor-leaguer in the Philadelphia Phillies system.

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Speaking to MLB.com at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Fla., Martin said both the Pirates and Canadian squad “were uneasy” about him playing shortstop and added, “I simply didn’t want to catch.”

“It’s just too much grind. The catcher’s out there the whole game, and it just takes your body so long to recover from catching 20 innings or so. … I feel sorry for (Team Canada), but sometimes you just have to look out for what’s best for you. You have to make a personal choice. But I’m really sorry for how all this went down.”

Max St. Pierre would listen if Ernie Whitt called.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: February 24, 2013 at 04:39 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: canada, pittsburgh pirates, world baseball classic

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   1. JJ1986 Posted: February 24, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4375395)
Martin wasn't going to catch, though. If they have to replace a catcher, that's really bad planning.
   2. phineas Posted: February 24, 2013 at 09:53 PM (#4375418)
John Suomi

Pesäpallo, anyone?
   3. frannyzoo Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4375420)
This would help Larry Walker's HOF case. And be funny. Profit!
   4. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4375430)
Haven't they given Pat Borders citizenship yet?
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 25, 2013 at 12:13 AM (#4375460)
Ernie Whitt, player/manager!
   6. Danny Posted: February 25, 2013 at 01:25 AM (#4375485)
Votto used to catch.
   7. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: February 25, 2013 at 07:51 AM (#4375522)
OK, I'll do it. (My Dad is Canadian.)

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