Tino Martinez, Marlins Hitting Coach, Resigns Amid Reports of Abuse
Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has resigned from the team amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse with players.
The Miami Herald reports on an incident between Martinez and rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich during a batting session earlier in the season, where Martinez allegedly grabbed the player by the throat.
Other players have stepped up and reported being verbally abused by Martinez, who appears to be a bit of a hot head.
Marlins gonna Marlin!
According to the report, Martinez allegedly grabbed Dietrich's neck and chain after the two got into a verbal altercation.
Dietrich didn't immediately report the incident until last week (when he was demoted to the minors).
The report says Martinez immediately offer his resignation but that team owner Jeffrey Loria told him it wasn't necessary, because of course he did.
But as more allegations popped up over the weekend, Martinez had no choice, and finally resigned.
The report also says several players complained to manager Mike Redmond about Martinez's behavior, how he would fly off the handle, and go on profanity-laced tirades on players.
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, infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs. Another source said the list of players is much larger than that.
Meanwhile, Jose Canseco has come out and publicly offered his services to become the new Marlins hitting coach:
This would be a glorious thing. But, of course, it'll never happen.
Still, having an ex-ballplayer that did steroids like candy and claims he knows how to time travel would be much better than having a guy who loses his shit and strangles players because they can't hit a baseball, right?
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