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Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned on Sunday after reports surfaced that he had physically and verbally abused several of the team’s players. Martinez has now responded to and refuted some of the claims made. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Martinez called out players for not picking up balls they hit in the batting cage. Martinez claims it is standard practice for players to help pick up balls after a drill in which a coach soft tosses them to hitters. After players repeatedly neglected to do so, Martinez spoke up and some of the confrontations grew heated. Martinez maintains that while he did use vulgarity with each player involved, he did not grab second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck as some reports allege. The 45-year-old former New York Yankee claims he only grabbed Dietrich’s jersey. Martinez spoke to FoxSports.com about the incidents Monday night and claimed they were “one-time disputes that did not linger.” Martinez described how the soft-toss drill works: If Bernie Williams is hitting in front of me and I’m waiting with Paul O’Neill or whoever, there are no questions asked. You help pick the balls up, and the next guy hits. Whoever is hanging around helps pick the balls up. It’s standard. The disputes happened with Dietrich, infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Martinez claims that Valaika would often follow veteran outfielder Juan Pierre in the batting cage but would never help pick up balls after Pierre was done. After about a month of waiting for Valaika to start helping pick up balls, Martinez claims he asked the 27-year-old to help and Valaika responded, “Why should I, I didn’t hit ‘em.” That escalated the dispute and it eventually became heated, but Martinez claims it wasn’t an issue again after that day. Martinez also described the incident with Dietrich: I go, “Derek, help us pick the balls up.” He goes “Why, I didn’t hit ‘em.” I said, “I don’t give a s— if you didn’t hit ‘em, help us pick the balls up.” He walked toward me, not angrily, and said, “Hey, I didn’t hit the balls, why should I pick ‘em up?” I grabbed his jersey and said, “Because you’re f—— part of this team, pick the f—— balls up right now. Pick the f—— balls up. I’m tired of your s—.” I probably pushed him backwards. That was it. Martinez claims that was also a one-time event, and Dietrich only reported it after he was sent to the minor leagues by the Marlins. Batting practice pitcher Tim Smith saw the incident involving Dietrich and agreed that Martinez only grabbed his jersey, not his neck. When asked why he spoke out, Martinez says that in talking to friends he became convinced he had to say something: I started thinking about it, thinking I’ve got to say something, not just let it go away. I’ve had a reputation in this game for years. I walked away from the game with integrity. But now, to have a couple of kids try to ruin my name, I felt I had to say something. Martinez was a two-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion during his 16-year playing career. He apologized for his actions when he resigned, but obviously felt like he needed to get his side of the story out there. While speaking out won’t solve this situation for Martinez, it may help him get a job in the future. He had no real previous coaching experience before being hired as the Marlins’ hitting coach before the 2013 season. He’ll probably take a break from working in the big leagues but don’t be shocked if he gets back into coaching at the minor league level at some point. The post Tino Martinez responds to allegations of abuse appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez, a former Yankee fan favorite, has been accused of physically and verbally abusing players. Read the alleged details here.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
After publicity of the incident spread this weekend Martinez officially resigned Sunday afternoon.
The Herald said the player in question is 2B...
Now, hear him out for a second this is interesting.
When news first broke that Tino Martinez had allegedly physically and verbally abused players, I must admit I was skeptical. Given the Marlins appalling record alone, one can kinda understand why Martinez would be ticked off–doesn’t at all excuse any type of abuse though. But is this a case of abuse or just a bunch of prima...
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.
For his part, Martinez appears ready to resign from...
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...
In an exclusive interview, Tino Martinez tells his side of the
story after resigning as Marlins hitting coach.
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 [...]
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...
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned on Sunday amid accusations that he has physically and verbally abused players. The agent for rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich reportedly informed team officials that Martnez blew up at Dietrich and grabbed him by the neck, and it is starting to sound like Martinez had a history of [...]
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The Miami Marlins' inability to score throughout this season led to frustration for hitting coach Tino Martinez and paved the way for his departure.
The Marlins look to move forward after the resignation of Martinez as they open a four-game home set with the Mets on Monday night.
New York (46-56) seeks...
FOX's Ken Rosenthal has a blood boiling interview with fired Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez. The 45-year-old Martinez describes three separate players who consistently refused to pick up balls after taking soft tosses -- picking up the balls is long time expected baseball practice. He opened with FOXSports.com by describing this expectation:
“If Bernie Williams...