Tino Martinez Quits as Marlins Hitting Coach After Verbal AbuseDex McLuskey
Tino Martinez, who was a member of four World Series-winning teams with the New York Yankees, stepped down as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach after several players accused him of verbal abuse.
“I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior,” Martinez, 45, told reporters yesterday. “I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn’t feel that way and it kind of backfired on me.”
Martinez, in his first year as a coach, had verbal spats dating back to spring training with players including Chris Valaika, Chris Coghlan and Casey Kotchman, MLB.com reported. He was also accused of grabbing prospect Derek Dietrich by the neck during batting practice, which he denied.
“I did grab Dietrich in the cage one day by his jersey,” Martinez said. “I never grabbed him by his neck.”
The Marlins announced Martinez’s resignation after he sat in the dugout for yesterday’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. A replacement may be appointed today, MLB.com said.
“ We’ve accepted Tino Martinez’s resignation as hitting coach,” Marlins President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said. “We will get back to you in short order on a replacement.”
Martinez had a 16-year Major League Baseball playing career with four teams before spending five seasons with the Yankees as a special assistant.
“I thought I was correct in the way I was doing things,” Martinez said yesterday. “I just maybe overreacted. I should have handled it a whole different way.”