Oh, great, so, he’s the A.J. Burnett of backstops…
Via the Canadian Press:
The two-time all-star catcher from Chelsea, Que., attending Baseball Canada’s annual awards banquet Saturday, attributed his consecutive off-years with the Los Angeles Dodgers to poor preparation.
That’s all changed now, and he says “this year I’m looking to be better” than ever.
“Probably some frustrations, probably not training as hard as I should have in some ways,” Martin said in explaining his 2009 and ’10 seasons. “That’s always been my strength, is training my butt off, doing all those things in the best way possible. And I think I had some distractions that maybe led me not to have that same drive that I’ve had in the past. Really, that’s all it is, I trained hard, but before nobody trained as hard as I did.
“This year I feel like I’m back. Just mentally, I feel better.”
Asked about the distractions, he said, “there are some things that you keep for yourself, and those distractions are personal.”