Team Canada's Guiel slams Martin decision ahead of Classic

Ex-Team Canada left fielder Aaron Guiel feels Russell Martin put himself before his teammates in...

Ex-Team Canada left fielder Aaron Guiel feels Russell Martin put himself before his teammates in wanting to play shortstop. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

GOODYEAR, AZ. - Team Canada coach Larry Walker took the high road when discussing Russell Martin.

Former Team Canada outfielder Aaron Guiel basically told Martin to hit the road.

“It’s his decision, he’s a grown man, we’ll deal with what we have here,” said hitting coach Walker, who holds the dual title of Canada’s best position player and Canada’s most outspoken player.

Guiel was 2-for-9 playing right field for Canada in the inaugural WBC in Phoenix and helped Canada win bronze at the 1999 Pan Am Games.

“I know Russell is a good player, he’s well liked and he’s popular, but it’s really confusing for him to ask his parent club if he can play shortstop,” said Guiel at Goodyear Park. “It’s evident he put himself above the team, especially when our team needs him so badly at that position.


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