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Four-time All-Star catcher, Russell Martin, announced his retirement from baseball on Instagram on May 28. Martin was a free agent since he last played for the Dodgers in 2009. The Dodgers chose him as a third baseman in the 17th round of the 2002 MLB draft.
Martin played for teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays. The catcher was selected to the All-Star game four times(2007, 2008, 2011, 2015) and won the 2007 Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award. Former Dodgers pitcher Takashi Saito and Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda used to form a battery with him.
The 39-year-old hit .248 with 191 homers and 771 RBIs for 14 seasons in his big league career. According to his Instagram, Martin shows an interest in golf in his second chapter.
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