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GM says Pirates will 'do everything we can to try to keep' Russell Martin

Thanks to their comfortable 4.5-game lead in the wild-card race, the Pirates are in position to go to the postseason for the second straight year. They're only 2.5 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central with a week remaining in the season. One of the biggest reasons why the Pirates will play baseball in October is catcher Russell Martin, who is hitting a robust .297/...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Neal Huntington intends to keep Russell Martin in a Pirates uniform

Pirates catcher Russell Martin knocked in the Pirates’ only run in Sunday’s 1-0 win against the Brewers, helping them inch their way closer to punching at least a ticket to the National League Wild Card play-in game. That came after slugging a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning on Friday to send the Pirates to a late win over the Brewers. Both underscore Martin’s...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin bombs Brewers, Pirates win on 8th inning homer, 4-2

Russell Martin propped himself up on the dugout railing, helmet held aloft as the sellout crowd of 37,974 at PNC Park roared. Gone were the concerns of the previous seven innings — a looming defeat against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team in immediate pursuit of the Pirates; a good start from Jeff Locke spoiled; the inability of the offense to accomplish anything against Yovani...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thoughts on Russell Martin For MVP, and the Wild Card Game at PNC

I’ve spent a lot of time the last few weeks working on the stuff you don’t see on the site. Specifically I’ve been preparing for all of the arrangements for the upcoming playoff coverage, along with getting the 2015 Prospect Guide set up. As I discovered last year, when the team you cover makes the playoffs, it can eliminate about a third of the time you have to work on the...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Win a Game of Trends

In baseball, it’s often the trends and history against teams and players that can make or break a team. Tonight, it was a bit of both, as the Pirates ultimately came out on top 4-2, via an 8th inning three run homer from Russell Martin. On the bad side of trends, the Pirates continued their struggles against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo took a 2.67 career ERA against the Pirates into...
Via Pirates Prospects
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Russell Martin 'perfect fit' for Chicago

The Chicago Cubs are getting closer to becoming a contender. They are starting to see the future now -- Chicago has called up many of their top prospects this September -- and contention does not appear to be too far away. If they have a good offseason, we could possibly be seeing the Cubs in the playoffs as soon as next season.#455204138 / gettyimages.comOne piece that the Cubs...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
7 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: How Russell Martin Went From a Perceived Bad Signing to a Must-Sign Player

There was a lot of talk about Russell Martin today, including an article from our own Ryan Palencer, who talked with some of the Pirates’ pitchers last week about their catcher. I thought it was an interesting article, because you always hear the general compliments about Martin from the pitchers, but this went a little deeper into how exactly Martin helps his pitchers. Of course...
Via Pirates Prospects
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Chemistry Russell Martin Brings to the Pirates’ Pitching Staff

You’ve probably heard all about Russell Martin’s work with his pitching staff. It seems that following every good outing, there is a quote made from one of his pitchers about how Martin impacted the game that night. In most cases, these would seem like throwaway lines made out of courtesy from the pitcher to share the success with his teammates. But the comments are made so often...
Via Pirates Prospects
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Aren’t More People Talking About Russell Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are just two games out of a playoff spot, and many would argue that this is due in large part to Andrew McCutchen having another MVP-type season. Considering his fWAR and nERD is top-10 in all of baseball, it’d be hard to disagree. However, McCutchen isn’t the only Pirate having an outstanding season, as he’s had some help keeping the squad in playoff...
Via Batting Leadoff
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Will Receive Big Money This Offseason

Russell Martin is arguably the best catcher in all of Major League Baseball. I don’t say that because he plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates and they are my hometown team. I don’t say that because I want to start an argument either but besides Yadier Molina, Martin is the best catcher and some will argue […]
Via On-Base Talk
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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