Russell Martin Despite Having Top Notch Stats, He Will Not Be Playing In WBC; Because Of Serious Injury?

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Russell Martin Despite Having Top Notch Stats, He Will Not Be Playing In WBC; Because Of Serious Injury?

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth 1983-02-15
  • Age 36 Years 8 Month(s)
  • Nationality Canadian
  • Profession Baseball Catcher
  • Birth Name Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin Jr.
  • Zodiac Sign Aquarius
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Father Russell Martin Sr.
  • Mother Suzanne Jeanson
  • Sister/s Vivianne Martin
  • Daughter/s Eva Martin
  • Relationship Status Engaged
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Engaged Date May 15, 2019
  • Gay No
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Salary $8.5 Million (2014)
  • Net Worth $35 Million
  • Career 2000-present
  • College Chipola College
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'10" (178 cm)
  • Weight 93 kg
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Black
  • Eye Color Brown
  • Fiancee Elisabeth Chicoine

One of the best moment for any international player is to represent their country at the national level. Every player dreams of playing for the nation. But what happens when a setback stops him due to injury? So is the case with Canadian baseball star, Russell Martin.

Not Playing WBC?

One of the biggest news in 2017 was an omission of Russell Martin in World Baseball Classic. One of the notable elimination from the list of rosters in WBC was Russell Martin, Canadian professional baseball catcher who was expected to be named Team Canada's starting shortstop but it wasn’t meant to be so. 

Russell had to pull out, and the reason behind it was insurance complications after his undergoing minor knee injury which required surgery earlier this offseason in 2017.

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Previously, the athlete spoke about his desires to play shortstop, and the Toronto Blue Jays were going to let him, but alas it didn't happen. His absence in the league was a big blow to overall Canadian squad which tried to compete without big leaguers and players such as Joey Votto, Brett Lawrie, Michael Saunders, James Paxton, and Jameson Taillon.

Russel Martin does have a little bit of experience in the infield playing at the significant league level. In gist, he's made three appearances for Toronto at second base and has played overall 19 games at third base during his decade and a year career.

Career stats of Russell Martin in the year 2016 (Photo: espn.com)

The similar issue popped up in the 2013 World Baseball Classic events as well. Russel expressed his desire to play shortstop instead of catcher, but when Canada's roster was revealed, he was not on 30 man list. 

But it was Russel who received a lot of heat at the time for not taking part in the event, but this time around in 2017, it was Baseball Canada who reached out and asked if Russel was still willing to play the infield. He said at a banquet for Baseball Canada in January of 2017:

"I'm playing with Canada's team right now. So if there's an issue that comes up where I can't play for Team Canada, at least people aren't going to get quite as mad as last time when I wasn't playing."

Russel was ejected back in July of 2016 in the 13th inning of the game where Blue’s Jays catcher wasn’t in the mood to let the ejection go. He said back them breaking down the series of events that led to his dismissal after an inning-ending strikeout in 2016:

"I wasn’t being aggressive. I didn’t tell him that he sucked personally. I didn’t tell him that he was bad. I didn’t do anything like that. All the things that everybody in the ballpark was thinking, I didn’t say any of that. I felt like he really didn’t have to throw me out in that situation."

Relationship Details 

It is no secret that Russel is in a relationship with Elisabeth Chicoine. Matin’s girlfriend Elisabeth works as a television researcher.

The athlete first appeared on his girlfriend's Instagram on 3rd December 2015. She later revealed on the same social media site on 6th November 2017 that the day was their anniversary. So, it became clear that the pair started going out on 6th November 2015.

Russel and his girlfriend Elisabeth enjoying holidays in 2015 (Photo: 25stanley.com)

Well, a smitten Russel talked about his girlfriend an interview when asked what does he do on the day off. He said;

I’m kind of a foodie and I like to try different restaurants. My girlfriend and I will wake up, grab coffee spend time with the dog, take him for a walk and then map restaurants we want to try out. Watch a movie, go to a nice dinner, have a nice glass of wine. That sounds like a good day to me.

His statement made it clear that whenever Russel has free time, he spends it will with his loved one. And also, the couple are quite active on social media and keep sharing the post of each other as well.

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Well, Russel’s relationship with his girl became stronger when they welcomed a baby girl named Eva Martin on 11th September 2018. After the joyous occasion, the couple took another step in their relationship by getting engaged on 15th May 2019.

Russell Martin smiles with fiance' Elisabeth Chicoine and daughter Eva Martin on 18th June 2019 (Photo: Elisabeth Chicoine's Instagram)

The Toronto Blue Jay player’s girlfriend Elisabeth posted a picture flaunting her engagement ring on Instagram. With their daughter in tow, they will surely make a great wedding party. 

Russell Martin Bio

Russel was born on 15th February 1983 in Canada. The 36-year-old boasts African-Canadian-Franco-Manitoban ethnicity. His parents were together for a mere three years before parting ways. 

Well, he is extremely close to his mother; he changed his Jersey name to J. Martin in honor of his mother’s maiden name Jeanson. 

His mom must be proud as in November of 2014, Russell Martin signed a five-year contract worth $82,000,000 with the Toronto Blue Jay and with an annual average salary of $16,400,000.Well, his contract got retained in 2019 with an increased his salary to $16,400,000 per year.

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