Sunday, July 28, 2013

Marlins Hitting Coach Tino Martinez Accused of Abusing Players (UPDATED)


UPDATED--Tino Martinez has resigned his job as hitting coach for the Miami Marlins (from @clarkspencer--Miami Herald reporter)


According to a published report in Sunday's Miami Herald, several Miami Marlins players have accused the teams hitting coach, Tino Martinez of abusive behavior.

And at least one of those players, recently demoted 2nd baseman Derek Dietrich says Martinez grabbed him by the neck.

The report seems to be one of many coming to the surface focusing on Martinez and his sometimes bizarre behavior.

According to the report, the Dietrich incident is the most violent, other players have supposedly been verbally attacked with the intent to intimidate.

Read the entire Herald report, and it's pretty detailed, RIGHT HERE

We should also add, Martinez and team Manager Mike Redmond got into a quite public argument. And according to the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Martinez has been doing this since spring training.

Read the Sun-Sentinel's story RIGHT HERE

We certainly don't believe the Marlins condone intimidation or abuse but something here is quite amiss. The report goes on to mention the MLBPA and others have been notified about pretty much everything, yet nothing has happened.

As a general rule, baseball is not known for its screaming, intimidating coaches like, say football. That's not to say it doesn't happen, but it is rare. It's interesting that in this case the report centers around the Marlins, one of the leagues worst teams.

It's quite possible the team will take action on this soon, the report states team Manager Mike Redmond has been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations. However, the Sun-Sentinel reports that Martinez may not necessarily want to quit on his own and forfeit the hefty contract he was paid to come coach. And, also unsurprisingly, Loria doesn't want to fire him and be on the hook for the remainder of said contract.


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