There was a time when Tino Martinez was certain that he would never coach.
It's not that he didn't want to, necessarily. It was more that the grind of baseball - travel, long days, late nights, time away from the family - had taken its toll over the course of 16 seasons in the major leagues.
''I said, `Never again,''' Martinez said. ''When I was done playing baseball, my career was over, I said I'd never coach. I'd never do that schedule again.''
Never say never.
The four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees is back in the game, now in the first year of a three-year deal to be the Miami Marlins hitting coach.
At 45, he still looks like he could play, and he thinks he can get plenty out of what's expected to be a relatively young Miami opening-day roster.
''There's a respect factor he brings right in,'' said Larry Beinfest, the Marlins' baseball operations president. ''Winner. Great hitter. No doubt about it, instant respect because of what he did. He's a great ...