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Tino Martinez resigned as the Miami Marlins' hitting coach hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public.
In one instance, Martinez acknowledged he angrily grabbed a player.
Martinez was in his first year as a professional coach this year. He sat in the dugout during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, then met with Marlins officials and resigned.
"I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said. "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 said he once touched a player in anger, grabbing rookie Derek Dietrich by the jersey in the batting cage early this season. Dietrich, demoted last Monday to Double-A Jacksonville, was among the players to complain.
Martinez said he offered to resign earlier, but team owner Jeffrey Loria wanted him to stay on the job. When the complaints by players became public in a story Sunday by the Miami Herald, Martinez became certain he should resign.
"It has been building for a few days," he said. "I didn't know this was going to come out publicly. When this came out, I thought it was the right thing to do."
The Marlins said a new hitting coach would be hired soon.
"I think we're all disappointed in the outcome," first-year manager Mike Redmond said. ""Coaching's tough. Going from a player to a coach is hard, and part of the grind is learning how to deal with different situations with different players and different personalities. All that stuff is a challenge. Some people can do it, and some people can't."
The young Marlins rank last in the majors in runs, home runs, batting and slugging, and the 45-year-old Martinez said he became frustrated as players struggled.
"I just thought with some young players you needed to be a little firmer and try to get them on the right track," he said. "I probably used some four-letter words. I thought I was doing the right thing. Obviously, I wasn't."
Martinez batted .271 with 339 home runs, and he was a four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees. He had a three-year contract with the Marlins but said because he resigned, he'll receive no buyout.
He declined to speculate on whether he'll coach again.
"I don't know long term how it's going to affect me," he said. "Right now I'm disappointed in myself. I'm embarrassed. Right now I'm not worried about the future. I just want to make sure my family is OK."
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MIAMI — Tino Martinez resigned as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public.
In one instance, Martinez acknowledged he angrily grabbed a player.
Martinez was in his first year as a professional coach this year. He sat in the dugout during Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, then met with Marlins officials...
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Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned on Sunday, according to a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Martinez was Miami owner Jeffrey Loria's hand-picked choice for the job this offseason, and it was his first professional coaching job.
But a controversy soon erupted around Martinez, alleging that he was verbally and physically abusing players. The...
Picking up balls in the batting cage, that's what this was all about, according to former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez.
Three different Marlins refused to pick up balls in separate incidents, violating a standard practice during drills in which a coach "soft tosses" balls for players to hit, Martinez said.
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Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has resigned over allegations he grabbed a player around the neck and neck chain. Martinez had tried to resign earlier this month but owner Jeffrey Loria nixed the idea the Miami Herald reported.
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Former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez, who resigned Sunday amid allegations that he was physically and verbally abusive, responded to said allegations.
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.
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Picking up balls in the batting cage that’s what this was all about according to former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez.
Three different Marlins refused to pick up balls in separate incidents violating a standard practice during drills in which a coach “soft tosses” balls for players to hit Martinez said.
Martinez 45 confronted the players about it. The confrontations...
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned on Sunday amid reports that he had abused players physically and verbally.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Martinez called out players for not picking up balls they hit in the batting cage. Picking up balls in the cage is standard practice according to the 45-year-old Martinez.
After seeing players repeatedly refuse to...
Tino Martinez resigned as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins on Sunday amid multiple reports that he was verbally and physically abusive towards the team’s players. The strongest allegation against Martinez was that the former New York Yankees first baseman grabbed rookie seconde baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck. Martinez acknowledged a confrontation occurred between [...]
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