Martin Earns Third Spot on Catching List

If a catcher to a team winning, they will do as Joe Torre did when he used twenty-six year old Russell Martin behind the plate for the Dodgers in 149 games in 2008, earning first place on the all-time Dodger games-caught charts. He caught 139 games in 2009

In 2009, Martin started 133 games and caught in six others, giving him a total of 139, putting his name eighth on the list of games caught, a list on which he already holds the #1 and #4 slots.

He also led the National League with 1,201 innings caught in 2009.

Martin topped the records of all former Dodger catchers, two of whom are Hall of Famers and a third a lock to make it when he becomes eligible, when he caught 149 games in 2008. Martin also caught 145 games in 2007, fourth place on the franchise list.

Backup Danny Ardoin caught all or parts of 30 games and A.J. Ellis started his first and second Major League games.

Martin, in his third full major league season, also a served as the designated hitter in three games and played a single game at third base.

Martin caught every inning in the National League Division Series sweep of the Cardinals and all five of the National League Championship Series with Philadelphia.

The young man had an up and down season at bat. He hit .204 in April, .304 in May, .180 in June, .317 in July, .239 in August and slid to .207 in September, finishing at .250 with 19 doubles, 7 home runs and 53 RBI, well below the .285 average he carried into his fourth season.

The club was 78-55 during his regular season starts, a .587 percentage winning percentage, it is easy to see why Torre was reluctant to leave his name off the lineup.

His winning percentage was better than the other 14 teams in the National teams and better than 12 American league clubs. Only New York (.636) and the Angeles (.599) topped him.

Mike Piazza had held the Dodger record (146 games) in both 1993 and 1996. Roy Campanella set the Brooklyn record of 140 games caught in three different seasons, 1950, 1951 and 1953. Campy earned the N.L. "Most Valuable Player" award in 1951 and 1953.

  Games Caught

   Los Angeles	                   Brooklyn
149 - Russell Martin 2008	140 - Roy Campanella,  1950
146 - Mike Piazza, 1993         140 - Roy Campanella, 1951
146 - Mike Piazza, 1996         140 - Roy Campanella, 1953
145 - Russell Martin, 2007	137 - Al Lopez, 1934
139 - Tom Haller, 1968	        133 - Mickey Owen, 1941
139 - Mike Scioscia, 1985       128 - Mickey Owen, 1941
139 - Russell Martin, 2009      128 - Bruce Edwards, 1947

138 - John Roseboro, 1966	127 - Roy Campanella, 1949
138 - Mike Scioscia, 1987	126 - Al Lopez, 1930
135 - Steve Yeager, 1975	125 - Mickey Owen, 1944	
Game Percentage
Martin caught 139 of the Dodgers' 162 games in 2009, a .585 percentage, tied him for 10th place on the list. He placed third all-time in 2008 with a .920 percentage, trailing the record holder, future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza, who was behind the plate 99 games in 1994 and was eighth on the list in 2007 with a .891 percentage.

Piazza's record season was cut short by a player strike/owner lockout that held the schedule to only 114 games gives him a remarkable .9515 percentage.

Campanella caught 144 of 155 games in 1953 (.929) is second on the charts and holds the Brooklyn record during an era when MLB played only 154 games.

Brooklyn Hall of Famer Al Lopez, is sixth at .894, and along with John Roseboro and Mike Scioscia are the only catchers beside Piazza, Martin and Campanella on the list.

 Percentage of team's games caught:
.952 - Mike Piazza, 1994 	( 99 of 104)
.929 - Roy Campanella, 1953 	(144 of 155)
.920 - Russell Martin, 2008	(149 of 162)
.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)
.887 - Johnny Roseboro, 1966	 (142 of 162)
.887 - Mike Scioscia, 1987	 (142 of 162)
.846 - Russell Martin, 2009      (139 of 196)
.858 - Tom Haller, 1968          (139 of 162)
.858 - Mike Scioscia, 1985	 (139 of 162)
.858 - Russell Martin, 2009	 (145 of 162)

LA Dodgers Insider Top Stories