The Miami Marlins have made another move in the off-season. The organization, looking to boost offensive performance, has hired Tino Martinez to become the new hitting coach for the club. Martinez will be another assistant underneath the new Mike Redmond regime in Miami.
Martinez got the OK from the New York Yankees to start talking to other clubs about the possibility of moving up in the organization. Martinez was serving as a special instructor for the team helping the first basemen with defensive skills. He then was named a special assistant to GM Brian Cashman.
The former Yankees first baseman is mostly well-known for help the club win four championships in the late 1990s to the early 2000s and aside from that he was a good hitter with the Seattle Mariners before he joined the Bronx Bombers. He closed out his career jumping from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Tampa Bay Rays before finally ending it with the Yankees. He retired after the 2005 season.
In 16 seasons, he hit .271 with 339 home runs and 1271 RBI.
The Marlins were not the only team in on the former first baseman. The Boston Red Sox had preliminary talks with Martinez about joining the club but it did not look like he could betray his former team to join the Red Sox.
Last season, the Marlins scored 609 runs which is ranked 29th among all MLB teams. The team also batted a 24th-ranked .244.
Martinez is replacing Eduardo Perez as the team’s hitting coach.
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