Tino Martinez is the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. He might not be for very much longer. According to a report in today’s Miami Herald the former New York Yankees fan-favorite is in trouble for allegedly verbally and physically abusing players.
The Herald says Martinez grabbed a player, rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich, around the neck and his neck chain. Martinez was ready to resign, but team owner Jeffrey Loria decided against it. Loria apparently personally brought Martinez on board before the season despite his lack of any previous experience.
The Herald report details a pattern of abuse and doesn’t make it look good for Martinez’s future in South Florid:
One Marlins player, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said Martinez has been verbally abusive to players on a number of occasions since the start of spring training in February. A few players have complained to Redmond about Martinez’s behavior.
“It’s all shocked everybody,” the player said. “He uses intimidation. It’s been a problem since day one.”
According to sources who have witnessed Martinez’s profanity-laced eruptions, other players who have been attacked verbally by Martinez include outfielder Justin Ruggiano, infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs. Another source said the list of players is much larger than that.
Yet another bad headline for the black sheep of baseball. Legends of wrestling night can’t come to Marlins Park soon enough.
UPDATE: According to Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer Martinez resigned this afternoon:
#marlins hitting coach tino Martinez has resigned
— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) July 28, 2013
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