New York Yankees everyday catcher Russell Martin has proven to be an asset for the team since joining in 2011. Even without a consistent power batting average Martin delivers when it counts, especially on the defensive end. Born to a Black Canadian father and French Canadian mother, Martin was born in Quebec and lived there for years until moving with his family to Paris.
Before settling with the Yankees, Martin spent years in the minor leagues for the LA Dodgers until being called up in 2006. The accolades followed, with Martin earning a Silver Slugger and Golden Glove for his 2007 season. Not to mention, he is the first ever Canadian born catcher to start the All-Star Game. Not to bad, eh? Oh and let’s not forget Martin’s grand slam that helped the Yanks make an MLB record on August 25, 2011. Ahhh, memories.
But baseball isn’t all that Martin has up his sleeves. He’s also a big fan of mixed martial arts and apparently adopts some of the training techniques to keep in shape for the chase for 28 (fingers crossed). He’s also an avid supporter of the One Drop Foundation which aims to help every person in the world have access to clean water. Why wouldn’t you want this guy on your team?!
Today, he sports a pretty cropped do’ due to the stringent Yankees code of grooming, but I’m still a fan of both his hair (he’s also libel to sport a goatee every now and then) and style of play. To keep up with one of my favorite Yankees, check him out on Twitter @Russellmartin55. Just keep in mind you’ll get the occasional French tweet. I just wonder, what would he look like with a fro?