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Martin's defense nets him Gold Glove

Martin's glovework earns him Gold status

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' Russell Martin added to his list of achievements on Tuesday when he was named the National League Gold Glove catcher by Rawlings.

Martin just completed his first full Major League season, which included being voted as the starting catcher for the National League All-Star team.

He led all Major League catchers with 145 games caught, posted a 3.95 catcher's ERA -- good for fourth-best in the league. He threw out 30 percent of potential opposing base stealers and picked two runners off base. He was charged with 14 errors and five passed balls.

Martin is the first Dodgers Gold Glove winner since Greg Maddux a year ago (although Maddux had joined the club in a deadline trade) and the first Dodgers catcher to win a Gold Glove since Charles Johnson in 1998 (who was also acquired via in-season trade). The only other Los Angeles Dodgers catcher to win a Gold Glove was John Roseboro in 1961 and 1966.

The 24-year-old native Canadian was a 17th-round Draft pick in 2002 as a third baseman and was converted to catcher the following year.

Offensively, Martin hit .297 with 19 homers and 87 RBIs.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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