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Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

Martin’s Role Could Be A Key to Success

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin after the 2012 season it was not for his bat -- and with good reason.

Russell Martin has been a part of four playoff teams -- two each with the Dodgers and Yankees. Photo credit: David Hague

Martin, who turned 30 in February, owns a career batting average of .258 and an OPS of .748 -- not terrible but certainly not great.

What has been terrible, however, has been Martin's offensive production. He is sitting on one hit this season.

The fact that Martin isn't lighting it up at the plate should not be a surprise -- he had a career-low .211 batting average and struck out a career-high 95 times last season and has seen his offensive statistics steadily decline during the last few seasons.

To be fair, however, Martin's early season...

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