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Below Deck: Martin hardly throw-in for Cole

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Jason Martin. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Jason Martin had stars in his eyes and at his feet when he received the phone call that would change his life back on Jan. 13.

That was the day the 22-year-old was out with his girlfriend touring the streets of Hollywood, near his Southern California home. It was somewhere between Gracie Allen and Renee Zellweger on the Walk of Fame that he was informed that the Houston Astros, the only organization he'd known — the one that drafted him in the eighth round in 2013 and a team that was coming off a World Series championship —was trading him to an organization that hasn't won a playoff series in nearly 40 years and has had just three winning seasons in a quarter-century.

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