Thanksgiving In Arlington
There’s a saying that goes, “Better late than never.” This quote is a simple way to define, in my mind at least, the journey Leonys Martin has been on to establish his place on the team. He hasn’t totally arrived yet, but he is finally getting a chance to settle in and have consistency on his side. If you believe in home/road splits, he is much better at home (.317 AVG) vs. on the road (.228 AVG); also, he likes to hit opposite field and has an affinity for hitting best in low leverage counts. Where he compensates is his bunting. He is capable of sacrifice bunting, but also bunting for a hit as well. Once he gets on base, he’s a speedster, stealing 27 bases in 35 chances so far. If he stays in the lead-off spot, which I believe he should, he’ll continue to be a threat… and just wait until he totally feels comfortable with his bat! He’s also consistently working on small elements of his defense and is getting a good feel for the Ballpark and all that comes with patrolling center field there. It’s been a fun ride so far seeing him finally get his chances; this is only the beginning and it will be even better the longer he plays.
The whole team is on fire and is doing great things. Our “favorite Martins” (as they’re colloquially called, thanks to Mr. Jamey Newberg) are doing important things this season to help the Rangers and they should be applauded for their efforts thus far on the field and the energy and enthusiasm they bring to each game as they cheer on their teammates as well. They are rewarding the faith placed in them by many in the front office and the coaching staff and should continue to do so for many years.