Martin has the attributes of a great catcher

A relative newcomer to his position, first-year Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, at just 23 years old, is already playing like a seasoned vet, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: September 22, 2006
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher Russell Martin has committed to do an interview at 10 a.m., but when the designated time passes, his street clothes are hanging in his locker and he's as AWOL as Jeff Kent's sense of humor.

When Martin finally emerges from the trainer's room at 10:45, his bleary eyes and the red splotches on his forehead betray his recent whereabouts: He just drifted into a state of blessed oblivion while doing a face-plant on the trainer's table in the middle of a massage.

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