Originally posted on It's Always Sunny in Detroit  |  Last updated 7/28/13
The Miami Marlins are not a good baseball team.  At the time of this post, the Marlins are the owners of the second-worst Major League baseball team with a .388 winning percentage.  The main reason their record is a putrid as it is is their (lack of) offense.  Their 328 runs scored is a whole 51 less than the second-worst White Sox.  If you do the math and carry the one, the Marlins have averaged 3.18 runs per game this season.  And when teams perform this badly, something has to change.  The change: hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned.  Their offense is terrible and according to a report in The Miami Herald, Martinez’ actions within the clubhouse were worse. Martinez, who won four World Series titles with the Yankees, reportedly has verbally or physically abused multiple Marlins this season. 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, first baseman Casey Kotchman,  infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs. Another source said the list of players is much larger than that. Martinez was said to have gotten physical with rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich, who was demoted to AAA last week.  He allegedly grabbed Dietrich by the neck in the batting cage.  Martinez refuted that claim: “That only thing I’ve done is, I did grab Dietrich — we had a little thing in the [batting] cage one day — by the jersey.  That was it. I never touched his neck. I never grabbed his neck. If anything else, [I want] his parents to know that because I have a 20-year-old son and I would be very upset if someone grabbed my son’s neck. That never happened.” Martinez also apologized to the Marlins organization: “I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior.  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.” This was Martinez’ first coaching position.  Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria took a chance on him without any prior coaching experience.  And after these allegations, whether they’re true or not, it will most likely be a while until Martinez gets any further coaching experience. [Miami Herald and Associated Press]    
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