Martin Catches 145 Games in 2007

No matter how many times a manager says he will rest his regular catcher to keep him fresh throughout the season, Grady Little used twenty-four year old Russell Martin behind the plate for the Dodgers in 145 games, falling short of the all-time Dodger record by a single game and earning himself third place on the franchise list.

Martin, in his first full major league season, nearly retired veteran Mike Liebenthal who was hired to be his backup. But the pennant race, then the wild-card battle became so heated, Martin nearly did a solo act and since the club was 78-64 during his starts, a .565 percentage winning percentage, it is easy to see why Little was reluctant to pencil his name into the lineup.

The fact that he became a bit frazzled in the final weeks of the season could not be helped.

Had of the three National League Division teams recorded such a won-lost record, they would have won the division easily.

Mike Piazza set the Dodger record by catching 146 games in 1993 and 1996, breaking the mark of 140 set by Roy Campanella in Brooklyn set in three different seasons, 1950, 1951 and 1953. Campy earned the N.L. "Most Valuable Player" award the last two times.
  Games Caught - top 10:

 Los Angeles	                         Brooklyn
146 - Mike Piazza, 1993	        140 - Roy Campanella, 1950
146 - Mike Piazza, 1996	        140 - Roy Campanella, 1951
145 - Russell Martin, 2007	140 - Roy Campanella, 1953
139 - Tom Haller, 1968	        137 - Al Lopez, 1934
139 - Mike Scioscia, 1985	133 - Mickey Owen, 1941
	
138 - John Roseboro, 1966	128 - Mickey Owen, 1941
138 - Mike Scioscia, 1987	128 - Bruce Edwards, 1947
135 - Steve Yeager, 1975	127 - Roy Campanella, 1949
134 - John Roseboro, 1963	126 - Al Lopez, 1030
132 - Tom Haller, 1969	        125 - Mickey Owen, 1944
132 - Mike Scioscia, 1990	
Game Percentage> Martin's percentage of .8921 Dodger games caught, gives him seventh place on the all-time list, trailing Hall of Famer Al Lopez's sixth place percentage of .8954 by the smallest of margins.

Piazza's 99 games caught in 1994, a season cut short by a player strike/owner lockout that held it to only 114 games, gives him a remarkable .951% and the record. Campanella's 144 of 155 games in 1953 (.929) is second and the Brooklyn record.
 Percentage of team's games caught:
.952 - Mike Piazza, 1994 	(99 of 104)
.929 - Roy Campanella, 1953 	(144 of 155)
.911 - Roy Campanella, 1951	(143 of 157)
.901 - Mike Piazza, 1993 	(146 of 162)
.901 - Mike Piazza, 1996 	(146 of 162)

.894 - Al Lopez, 1934	        (137 of 153)
.891 - Russell Martin, 2007	(145 of 162)
.887 - Johnny Roseboro, 1966	(142 of 162)
.887 - Mike Scioscia, 1987	(142 of 162)
.858 - Tom Haller, 1968	        (139 of 162)
.858 - Mike Scioscia, 1985	(139 of 162)

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