Russell Martin: Future Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop...If Needed

The World Baseball Classic is coming up and Russell Martin is fired up to play for Team Canada.   If you check out the article, newly signed Buccos catcher Russell Martin said he will be ready to play, hold onto your shit here….shortstop. 

Yeh, shortstop. 

We heard about this before Martin signed with the Bucs, but we didn’t really read much into it. 

So Martin says he will play short or whatever position Oh, Canada will need to win.  You think he’s kidding?

The recently signed Pittsburgh Pirate says he’ll even add fielding grounders to his winter training program in case Canada manager Ernie Whitt opts to use him in the infield.

And then the bombshell

He’d even consider playing shortstop in the unlikely case that the Pirates ever ask him to switch positions.

“I don’t want to do something that’s not going to help the team, whether it’s Pittsburgh or Team Canada,” Martin told reporters Wednesday on a conference call. “I know I have the ability to play shortstop. I haven’t played there in a long time. I know the speed of the game is going to be higher than when I last played (in high school and college). But right now, if it means I can help the team by playing shortstop for Canada then I’ll do that.

All of this comes from the fact that Canada doesn’t have a major league shortstop.  The catching position could be manned by George Kottaras of the Oakland A’s.

He took the call from his vacation in Barcelona, so maybe he was having a good time.  Somehow, we think he’s serious. 
It’s pretty awesome to think a catcher would have this much confidence in their athletic ability, but….yeh, pretty awesome.

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  • Da Burgh Blog

    This would be an interesting option at SS, but I’m not sure McKenry is someone the Pirates can rely on to be a consistent starting catcher at the Major League level (although I am most definitely rooting for him). Let’s not forget that Neil Walker was drafted out of HS as a catcher, but he was able to make the switch to infield early in his professional career, Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing what the Bucs decide to do with this…

  • Chris Adams

    Tom….It was so great to read this article for a multitude of reasons, including seeing you are from Osceola Mills…..I am from Osceola Mills too….My name is Chris Adams and I grew up in Stumptown. The world is small!!! I’m going to post this on Facebook so everyone can see an Osceola Mills alum doing well….. Chris