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Russ Martin – Party Boy or Ladies Man?

Earlier this week, a writer claimed that the Dodgers aren’t “enamored with his makeup” and speculated that Russell Martin could be traded.  This prompted me to ask some inside sources the following question: 

It has been reported that some Dodger brass doesn’t like “Martin’s makeup” or something to that effect.  Have you seen anything like that, or does Martin have a darkside that we don’t see?

Here’s one of the responses that I received:

“…nothing major, just that he stays out too late and spends too much time with the ladies and comes to the park already tired all the time. I’m sure that will be rectified over the winter.”


There you have it.  He’s a typical 24-year old who needs to learn to stay home more.  Maybe that’s why he slipped a little this year… Troy from West Virginia reported that he was out one night in Cincinnati (before he was banned for life from Great American Ballpark) with Martin, Penny, Kemp and a few other Dodgers who partied pretty late (Troy was still hurting at 5:30 PM the next day). 


Well, Russ just needs to realize he’s in a special situation and pack it in earlier.  He should be our leader, but he has to show it on and OFF the field.  But, there will be no trade of Russ Martin. 

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17 Responses to “Russ Martin – Party Boy or Ladies Man?”

  1. Michael says:

    “Twenty four and so much more,Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were.”Oh to be young again. Reminds me a lot of myself or another young kid in his early 20′s named Mickey. When it’s gametime, Russell puts his gameface on.

  2. Badger says:

    If all of this is true, he can’t keep it up. If Mantle hadn’t been an alcoholic, he likely would have passed Ruth.

    I suspect, if true, the team will deal with it – or deal him.

  3. DRomo says:

    Martin seems like a young man that has his head on straight he just is having too much fun at night. After having sucess for the first time this year (as a team) I bet he takes an even bigger leadership role and does better with the partying next year.
    Also lets face it guys: The poor kid was run into the ground! If his numbers dropped off slightly is it a suprise? He has caught so many games the last two years and with very little time off. He never looks like he is dogging it out there. In spite of any reports , I would take 25 Russ Martins on my team before I take 1 Kent!

  4. Mark says:

    The Mick played in a different era – no film to study, little advance scouting and no bullpen specialists. While there is no doubt Mantle was one of the all-time greats, it may have been different if he played in this era. There is little room for error these days in the age of specialization, film study and advance scouting. If Martin wants to realize his greatness, he will have to sacrifice something like his nightlife! He can be one of the great ones, but his habits have to change.

  5. Badger says:

    “In spite of any reports , I would take 25 Russ Martins on my team before I take 1 Kent!”

    I don’t know man, Jeff Kent was pretty good between the ages of 25 and 35. I don’t see Martin putting up those kind of numbers.

    But if he did dedicate himself to his profession, he could be one of the best at his position for years to come. If he continues to do what is alleged, well, we all know you can get away with a lot of dissipation at 25 that you can’t get away with at 30. It catches up to you.

    Yeah, this is a different era. But still, I wonder what a young Mickey Mantle could do hitting against a pitcher that is not standing on an 18″ mound, throwing to a strike zone the size of a box of corn flakes. He could hit Feller 500′, I imagine he could do the same today.

  6. DRomo says:

    Kent may have had productive years and when Martin is past his prime he may never have Kents numbers. BUT my point is when you watch Martin play you can’t help but see his passion. Hard baserunning, true excitement when a teamate suceeds, & obvious leadership. You never saw that with Kent. Not in Toronto,NY, Cleveland, SF, or Houston either.
    Badger , my point is I would take 25 guys who play all out on every play and want to pump their teamates up, than 1 guy who is only worried about his own stats and points fingers. Stats be damned!

  7. Badger says:

    I see your point Romey. And to a degree I am on board with it.

    But I think all things considered, respectfully, I’ll take 25 guys who hit .300 with 30 home runs and 120 RBI’s. With those 25 jerks I think I could win a World Championship over your guys.

  8. Blue Haze says:

    Preach it, Dromo, totally with ya!

    Martin definitely hustles and plays hard, but will his flame burn out quicker because of his off the field endeavors? Maybe that is a better way to look at the RussTin (had to sneak one in for the east coasters) question.

    Also, if Martin does do a lot of late night runs after the ballgames, then it may well contribute to his drop off as the season progresses. Then again, maybe he didn’t get enough tail and that’s why he sucked in the post-season so bad.

    Also, MM, shouldn’t the blog really be titled “Russ Martin – party boy AND ladies man” (funny how those things go together)?

    Anyone notice the Rams kicking some cowboy ass last weekend?

  9. Bill Russell says:

    I’ll settle this discussion. I’ll take 25 rested and focused Russell Martins. Russ doesn’t have The Babe’s abillity to stay out all night and hit like Manny in the morning. I know you never want one of your best position players to be the catcher. Too much wear and tear and always the chance of getting hurt each game. We should all take note on what the Philly’s have behind the plate. A great defensive catcher that is an average #8 hitter. Having an Allstar catcher is a plus but can always become a major problem if and when they go down.

    We all know Russ is a great player, he just needs to figure out his priorities before he gets the big money in a few short years and loses his mind on drinking and loose women. Remember growing up he never had money living with his father in Canada. So becoming a star and in a few short years getting a whole truck load of money dumped on his door step will be a huge life style change that’s hurt many of good men. Lets just hope he can stay focused until his playing days are over. That’s a very hard task for young stars these days. 8)

  10. Blue Haze says:

    And don’t forget B-russ, besides RussTin growing up without $ in Canada, he also grew up without loose US women in Canada.

  11. Badger says:

    OK Bill, you and the Haze have 25 rested Russell Martin’s. That’s 25 guys whose best year was .293 with 19 HR’s, 87 runs scored and 87 RBI’s.

    I got 25 Jeff Kent’s, all jerks, whose best year was .334 with 33 HR’s, 114 runs scored and 125 RBI’s.

    Let the games begin.

  12. Bill Russell says:

    Badger, All your Kents won’t get along, fight with each other causing the clubhouse to have closed door meetings everyother day and 25 man ejections twice a week. Your infield and outfield will have zero range which will give away more runs then you can score. Your current bat speed is pretty slow, running at about the same pace as a Big Rig going up a steep grade.

    I don’t know. I’m still leaning towards the womanizer and booze hound with no sleep.

    I don’t no who I want to win the World Series. I’m an NL guy but the Rays are young and fun. I’m flipping a coin later. 8)

  13. Michael says:

    I’ll take 25 Mickey Mantles with good legs.

  14. Badger says:

    Who cares if they get along if they are going to score 32 runs a game?

    Besides, what you said doesn’t make any sense. Kent gets along just fine with himself.:)

    And BTW, the talk about Kent not being a team player is bullsh*t. I lived in the Bay Area when he was kicking ass there and the only problem he ever had with anyone was with Barroidal Bonzabol. I can’t fault him for that. In his old age he lost patience with boneheads like Kemp, and I doubt I can fault him for that either. Most of the guys he has played with over the years have said publicly he is a stand up guy and an outstanding pro.

    I too take Mantle Michael. I had the priveledge of seeing him play and he was amazing.

  15. Blue Haze says:

    don’t loop me into this argument, I don’t want a team of 25 Martins or 25 Kents, every team needs some balance to the field and the clubhouse, I wouldn’t want 25 ManRams (oh, that sounds wrong) on my team as well. Besides those guys all have very mediocre curveballs. I actually am a fan of both Martin and Kent, different kinds of characters, but both play hard and love to win.

  16. Michael says:

    Will someone please inform Joe Buck and Tim McCarver that silence is golden. We are not in Romper Room. If you are watching the game then you have a knowledge of the rules, people that don’t know WTF, are not tuned in. These two talk in their sleep guaranteed. Maybe they should do some pre-game prep by listening or watching Vin Scully do a game by letting the obvious being left unsaid, WE ARE NOT STUPID YOU TWO BOZOS!

  17. Michael says:

    Joe looks like he has the make-up and blush on pretty thick tonight. Everytime they do a mug of him, he’s smiling like a little girl in a beauty contest.


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