Posted July 28, 2013

Report: Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigns months after attacking player

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Tino Martinez reportedly grabbed a player by the neck in an outburst several months ago. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has been verbally abusive to players on numerous occasions since spring training, and several months ago erupted in anger and grabbed a player by the neck, reports The Miami Herald‘s Clark Spencer.

Martinez was going to resign after the incident, but Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who made the surprising decision to hire him before the season, “nixed the idea,” according to the report.

Martinez resigned following the Marlins’ game against the Pirates on Sunday, Spencer is reporting.

David Meter, the agent for recently demoted second baseman Derek Dietrich, contacted team officials about the incident. Meter declined to comment to The Miami Herald.

Several discussions were in the works to determine a resolution for the situation before Martinez’s resignation.

From the report:

The Major League Baseball Players’ Association was notified of the alleged incident, as well as others involving Martinez, and the union then contacted the Commisioner’s office. That office is expected to contact the Marlins on Tuesday to see how the matter is being resolved, sources said.

Martinez and manager Mike Redmond weren’t on the field at the start of batting practice before Friday’s game. Instead, two sources said they were meeting privately with Marlins front office executives to discuss the allegation.

Though Martinez had no previous professional coaching experience, Loria “hand-picked” him as the team’s hitting coach, according to the report.

Since his hiring, Martinez — a 45-year-old who played 16 major-league seasons, most notably seven with the Yankees (1996-2001) — displayed volatile behavior as the Marlins sunk to last in MLB in scoring (3.16 runs per game).

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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.


21 comments
mahi2mahi
mahi2mahi

Tino should be A-Rod's coach

SteveArendash
SteveArendash

The Yankees should bring him back to play first. He is better than what they have now.

yadda71
yadda71

I loved watching him in his Mariner days.  Not enough info in this article and nothing from his side. Maybe he was angry that they could not figure out how to hit. This guy played for years under Lou Pinella, who was not always a ray of sunshine. Maybe Tino is a jerk. Maybe he is just a tough coach and today's athlete can't handle not being coddled. From this article, we don't know what actually happened.


WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So pusssies like big papa and miggy can act like little kids but can't take the heat themselves? pathetic babies

Braktooth
Braktooth

That's Jeffrey Loria-style management right there.

MichaelC
MichaelC

I guess we'll soon be hearing Tino stuttering through teleprompter readings on ESPN or the YES network. Great.

MrArlington
MrArlington

I have nothing but praise for Tino. He is coaching a bunch of Nancy boys if they complain about this stuff. #grow up

Willceder
Willceder

The marlin players never heard of hard coaching? Did Tino hurt you're feelings when he told you guys you stunk?

If you players want to be cry babies then I dare you to quit and go work for Home Depot for 8.00 and hour

6marK6
6marK6

Interesting motivation technique.

mommy
mommy

Tino your a man among men. Its a shame you were not among any with the Marlins.  No need to apologize or be ashamed.  You made your bones when these prima donnas were still wetting their pants. Can't teach know-it-alls. With their attitudes they'll always be losers.  Ever think about coming to Philly.  We love men like you

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Have you seen the Marlins play?  Can anyone really blame him?

They are a professional embarrassment, is I use the word professional with Marlins in the same sentence.


Who would ever pay to watch these hacks?

PWINGS
PWINGS

Suggestion: If the threat of getting benched, traded, sent down or released doesn't work, profanity or physical threat is going to accomplish what? (Although since we're talking about the Florida Marlins, maybe getting traded or sent down are rewards rather than punishments? Just a thought.)

sbarr301
sbarr301

As a Marlins fan, please just kill me.

Phillies113
Phillies113

@mommy No we don't. Please don't presume to speak for all of us when yours is the minority opinion.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@sbarr301 at least you're man enough to be a fan, regardless of standings right now. i respect that. 

Phillies113
Phillies113

@sbarr301 And be responsible for the extinction of an entire fan base?

No thank you.