Russell Martin won’t be playing in the Toronto Blue Jays’ season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
He’ll be managing.
The team confirmed Saturday that Martin, the Jays’ 35-year-old catcher and a 13-year veteran, will fill out the lineup card and make all in-game moves as Toronto’s official manager.
The Blue Jays announced on Wednesday that manager John Gibbons would not return for the 2019 season, and Gibbons said it was his decision to let Martin manage on Sunday.
“I decided to let him have some fun with it,” Gibbons said, per the team’s Twitter announcement.
Martin, who has been a catcher, third baseman, shortstop and outfielder during his time in Toronto, shifted into more of a mentor role this season — helping rookie catchers Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire. Martin, a four-time All-Star, hasn’t played since Sept. 3.
The Blue Jays will miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season after reaching the American League Championship Series in 2015 and 2016.