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Martin wins Tip O'Neill Award

Martin wins Tip O'Neill Award

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher Russell Martin was named winner of the 2007 Tip O'Neill Award presented annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution, while adhering to baseball's highest ideals.

"I'm simply overwhelmed," said Martin in a release. "I'd trade this and my other individual awards for a few more wins and a trip to the postseason, but I do play hard and I play with passion, and obviously people appreciate that."

Martin was the National League's starting catcher in this year's All-Star Game, and he also won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards for NL backstops. Larry Walker is the only other Canadian to win a Gold Glove, and Walker and Justin Morneau are the only other Canadians to win Silver Sluggers.

Martin outpolled Morneau, Jeff Francis and Erik Bedard to win the O'Neill Award.

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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