Chris Martin is with no doubt a legend. Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent C Russell Martin. Los Angeles Dodgers placed C Russell Martin on the 10-day injured list. Finding himself at the top of this list, noted possibly as the ‘worst international batsman of the game’, is the workaholic Ex- New Zealand cricketer Chris Martin. In 2011 he was recognised as New Zealand's premier cricketer, when he was awarded the inaugural Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, at the New Zealand cricket awards ceremony. Apart from that, there is nothing that the Black cap player can be honoured about with regard to his batting. Burnett on 6/3 at Atlanta...Made first career start/appearance in right field on 6/4 at Atlanta; played first 5.2 innings there and had one putout...Hit his 100th career home run on 6/8 at Chicago...Had pinch-hit RBI single in Anaheim on 6/23 - his first pinch hit since 5/18/11 (had been 0-for-9)...Went hitless in 14 at bats from 6/25-28...Threw out two runners attempting to steal in the same inning on 7/4 vs. Philadelphia - the first Bucco catcher to do so since Mark Parent on 8/10/95 at San Francisco...Appeared in 1,000th career game on 7/14...Hit safely in six of his eight games from 7/14-28, going 11-for-27 (.407) and raising his season average from .236 to .253...Went 3-for-4 and also threw out his 20th baserunner attempting to steal on 7/23 at Washington...Swiped his final base on 7/28 at Miami...Connected for a three-run homer in a 5-1 Bucco victory on 8/4 vs. Toronto Blue Jays activated C Russell Martin from the paternity list. Snapped a 0-for-23 streak with a HR in the 2nd inning vs. ATL, April 17…Would later hit his 2nd HR in the 8th inning…It was his 9th career multi-HR game (last: April 9, 2014 at CHC). Martin’s batting did not do him a whole lot of good, time and again ending up as the butt of jokes and several memes. With a test average of 2.36, he holds a dubious record of the worst ever test batting average. Led the Dodgers in runs batted in (87) and became just the sixth catcher in Dodger history to collect 80 RBI in a season, joining Roy Campanella (6 times), Mike Piazza (5 times), Paul Lo Duca, Joe Ferguson and Bruce Edwards (one time each)...started 143 games behind the plate, tying Mike Piazza (1996) for the franchise record for starts by a catcher...his 145 games caught ranked third behind Piazza (146 in 1993 and 1996)...was voted in as the starting catcher in the All-Star Game at San Francisco, becoming the first Dodger catcher to start the Midsummer Classic since Mike Piazza in 1997...when ballots were initially released, he was more than 140,000 votes behind the first-place catcher but came back to overtake Paul Lo Duca and start at AT&T Park in San Francisco...went 0-for-3 in the contest...became the first Canadian catcher in All-Star history and the shoes he wore during the game were sent to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame...became the third Canadian player to start an All-Star Game, joining Larry Walker (1997-99) and Jason Bay (2006)...was just the third Canadian Dodger to make an All-Star team, joining Eric Gagne and outfielder Grady Rosen, who was selected in 1945 but did not play...was named the Tip O'Neill Award winner at season's end as the top Major League player from Canada...became just the 11th Los Angeles Dodger to drive in 60 runs before the All-Star Break and the first since Jeff Kent, who had 60 RBI at the break in 2005...terrorized left-handers, hitting .357 with a .458 on-base percentage, which is the third-highest OBP by a Dodger in a season vs. lefties since 1974, behind Jimmy Wynn (.488 in 1975) and Mike Piazza (.477 in 1996)...batted .329 (91-for-277) on the road...homered in three consecutive games from May 30-June 1, a Dodger season high...scored a run in eight consecutive games from Aug. 15-23 to tie for a Dodger season high...set a career high and tied a Dodger season high with eight at-bats on April 29 at San Diego...caught all 17 innings of that game...blasted his first career grand slam and second career walk-off homer in the 10th inning on April 21 vs. Pittsburgh...the homer off Shawn Chacon was the 11th walk-off grand slam and the sixth extra-inning grand slam in franchise history...playing in front of about 40 family members and friends on June 19 in his first Major League game in his birth city of Toronto, homered and had two RBI against the Blue Jays...had a season-high 12-game hitting streak from June 21-July 2 where he batted .377 (20-for-53) with 12 RBI...registered his first-career multi-home run game on Aug. 15 against Houston, taking Jason Jennings deep twice...was the first Dodger catcher with a multi-homer game since David Ross on Sept. 14, 2003...won the fan vote on dodgers.com to have his likeness depicted on the Aug. 2 Bobblehead Night, marking the first time in Los Angeles Dodger history that fans decided who would be on a promotional giveaway. Several videos on Youtube were made on him, titled as ‘Bat like Chris Martin’, ‘Chris Martin bowled compilation’ to name a few. Los Angeles Dodgers activated C Russell Martin from the 10-day injured list. When his partner edged out to the keeper later on, Martin was stranded on 12 of 20 balls, his highest score ever. Colorado...Delivered his fourth walkoff hit of the season (eighth career); a 10th-inning single in a 5-4 win vs. Miami on 8/8...Homered in back-to-back games on 8/30-31...Made his 1000th career appearance at catcher on 9/7 at St. Louis...Homered six times in 14 games against the Cardinals. Martin does not deserve to be remembered solely for his batting – he is New. Pittsburgh Pirates placed C Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list. Great names like Courtney Walsh, B.S.Chandrasekhar and Narendra Hirwani belong to this category, their batting regarded as ‘Below-par’. He is also one of the few batsmen who have taken more number of wickets than the number of runs they have scored. Having played around 71 test matches in his 13-year long career, Chris has had to wield the bat 104 times. One fact that the batsman in Martin can be proud of is that he remained not-out a staggering 52 times! Appeared at 2B for the 2nd time in his career (last: Aug 20, 2011 at MIN) on May 27 vs. CWS (9th inning), finishing with one assist (1 TC). Recorded 20 home runs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career...Hit the a game-winning two-run home run in the 8th inning, Sept. 4 at TB…Was his 9th career home run from the 8th inning on to give his team a lead (3rd with TOR)...Tied the club record for most home runs by a catcher in August with seven...Rod Barajas also hit 7-HR in August, 2009...Collected 22-RBI in August (20 as a catcher)...The 20-RBI tied the club record for most RBI by a TOR-catcher in a single month…Darren Fletcher had 20-RBI in June & August, 1999 & Ernie Whitt recorded 20-RBI in September, 1987...Hit 7-HR with 19-RBI over an 11-game span from Aug. Among AL catchers ranked 1st in WAR (3.5), T-1st XBH (46), 2nd in 2B (22), RBI (74) & HR (22) and 5th in hits (102). He was also a legend alternatively for his hopeless, hapless styl… However hard he tried to prop up a defense, people who watched him bat, and the man himself were left astounded and wondering how the ball somehow managed to break through his defence and shatter the stumps on almost all occasions. Right hip labral tear. 13-26...Recorded his 20th HR of the season on Sept. 20 at SEA...He and Michael Saunders became the first pair of Canadian-born teammates to each hit 20 home runs in a single season...Hit 6-HR over a six game span from Aug. 13-20...Only one other Blue Jays player homered at least six times as a catcher over a six-game span as Ernie Whitt did it in September 1987....Jonathan Lucroy (Aug. 4-12) is the only other catcher last season with six homers over a six-game span....Had a career best 22 game on-base streak snapped Aug. 5 at KC (.415 OBP over span)...Hit a solo shot to lead off the 9th inning on Aug. 1 at HOU, tying the game at 1-1…It marked the 1st time he had tied a game with a HR in the 9th inning…It was the 150th home run of his career...Recorded only three hits in 33 at-bats in the postseason (.091 average)…Struck out 14 times in those 33 at-bats, including nine times in the ALCS - a club record…Struck out at least once in each of his last eight games of the playoffs. Allowed just three passed balls from behind the plate while throwing out 10 would-be base stealers on 68 total chances. with three pickoffs...Ranked third among N.L. His only double-digit score. First for his astounding bowling calibre, which gained him quite a few laurels during his tenure as a world class bowler. Los Angeles Dodgers placed C Russell Martin on the 15-day disabled list. Was selected to represent Toronto for the 86th All-Star Classic in Cincinnati...Marked his 4th selection (2007-2008, 2011), and his 2nd time as a starter (2007 with LAD)...Is the 3rd Blue Jay catcher overall (John Buck-2010, Ernie Whitt-1985) to be selected as an all-star. Chris Martin, widely regarded as among the least capable batsmen in Test cricket. Chris Martin is with no doubt a legend. Chris Martin makes his Test debut at the age of 25 in Bloemfontein in a losing cause, but shows plenty of promise, taking 3 for 89 in South Africa's march to 471 in the first innings. 2013 SEASON: Made 120 appearances (117 starts) behind the plate in his first season with the Pirates...Threw out 29 of the 70 runners attempting to steal against him (41%) - the 29 caught stealings ranked first among all Major League catchers...Led National League catchers with a .998 fielding percentage; committed just two errors in 990 total chances...His 3.14 catcher's ERA ranked second among MLB backstops with at least 100 games caught (A.J. South Africa v New Zealand at Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein - 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 November 2000 (five-day match), South Africa v New Zealand at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town - 2nd, 3rd, 4th January 2013, New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Owen Delany Park, Taupo - 2 January 2001, New Zealand v England at AMI Stadium, Christchurch - 23 February 2008, Kenya v New Zealand at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, Durban - 12 September 2007, New Zealand v England at AMI Stadium, Christchurch - 7 February 2008, 10 December 1974 in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, bowled (27), lbw (5), run out (2), caught behind (4), caught (14), Shane Warne 4, Dale Steyn 4, Mitchell Johnson 3, Jacques Kallis 2, Saqlain Mushtaq 2, Ravichandran Ashwin 2, Nathan Lyon 2, Ryan Sidebottom 2, James Anderson 2, Makhaya Ntini 2.
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