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 agent for second baseman Derek Dietrich, who was demoted to AA earlier this week, was the one who set the resignation in motion, complaining to team management about an incident earlier this season in which Martinez reportedly grabbed Dietrich by his neck and neck chain.
Another anonymous Marlins player also said that Martinez has been verbally abusive since Spring Training, and that several players had already complained to first-year manager Mike Redmond about the actions of his hitting coach. In addition to the incident involving Dietrich, Martinez also had verbal altercations with Justin Ruggiano, Chris Valaika, and Matt Downs.
The fact that Martinez resigned so soon after the initial report comes out means that there's probably some fire to go along with that smoke. I imagine it would be pretty difficult for Martinez to get another coaching job in the majors again after he was essentially accused of choking one of his players. Miami's offense was far and away the worst in baseball this season, and while you can't necessarily pin all of that on Martinez, the combination of these accusations and a disastrous offense are more than enough reason for this relationship to end right now.
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