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Dodgers News: Russell Martin Award to Be Given Out in Canada

Dodgers fans look back at their time with Russell Martin fondly. Even before he made his return as a veteran late in his career, fans in Los Angeles loved him. He played 5 seasons in Los Angeles before heading out to New York and making his way around the league. But in 2019, he made his way back home. 

That’s the way Martin chose to go out. The Dodgers catcher retired from baseball officially this year after sitting out the previous 2 seasons. But that doesn’t mean he’s done making headlines. This week, he was back with the Blue Jays being honored with a special jersey. But it also came with a  little surprise. 

The Jays announced a baseball Canada award and amateur clinic in honor of Russell, a Canada native. Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team Most Valuable Player Award will now be called the Russell Martin Award. Pretty cool for a guy that went in the 17th round of the draft to the Dodgers way back in 2002.

But Martin’s impact on the game will last a long time. All around the league, players talk about the great teammate that he was and praise his work ethic. He will forever be a fan favorite in Los Angeles among Dodgers fans. 

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