Jesus Montero trade and we welcomed Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees longtime great catcher retires in Jorge Posada. He called it quits after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. We have talked and written about Jorge a lot on BYB, especially over the last 2-3 weeks so, check these out if you haven't:
- WHY JORGE POSADA DESERVES TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME
- POSADA DID IT HIS WAY...AND BECAME A CHAMPION
- WHY POSADA WILL FOREVER BE LOVED
Let's take a look at Martin's 2011 statistics...
At the plate:
- In 417 plate appearances Martin only hit .237 but he did smack 18 HR's and drove in 65 runs.
- He also walked 50 times, scored 57 runs, and made his 1st AL All Star team
Behind the plate:Austin Romine will get his share of starts behind the plate and his own future looks bright but, for the here and now, Martin is our man. It's always hard to project what you think a guy will do offensively but hey, that's what we do here at BYB and as fans, right? So that being said here is how I see the 2012 shaping up for #55:
- Martin caught in 125 games which was 5th in the AL.
- He had 866 put outs which was 3rd in the AL and was 1st in the AL with 96 Assists.
- Martin threw out an AL-best 40 base runners attempting to steal.
All in all, I think Yankee fans have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Russell Martin both at the plate as well as behind the plate in 2012. And our new guys, Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, can trust Martin which allows them to just relax and focus on pitching. Plus our veteran's like CC and Mo like throwing to Martin and that's good enough for me!
- .275 AVG. - 23 HR's - 81 RBI -- and behind the plate, you would think he could lead the AL, once again, in throwing out runners trying to steal.
--Mikey Blue, BYB Senior Writer
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