The Miami Marlins are almost done assembling their new coaching staff; first they hired ex-player Mike Redmond to become the 13th manager in franchise history last week and then on Thursday the team hired another former big leaguer, Tino Martinez to become their hitting coach for the upcoming season.
Martinez played in the Major League for 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. During his tenure in the bigs, Martinez complied a .271 lifetime batting average along with 339 home runs, 1,271 runs batted-in and an OPS of .815 as well as winning a Silver Slugger award in 1997.
Over the past few years the former first baseman has worked with the Yankees’ YES Network as an analyst and also as a special assistant for the team. The Boston Red Sox were also interested in possibly hiring Martinez to the same position with their club for the upcoming season and that interest actually turned into preliminary talks according to several sources.
Last season the Marlins batted a franchise low .244 and scored their fewest amount of runs per game since the club’s inaugural season of 1993. The thought process within the franchise is that Martinez will be able to help turn that around being that he was a solid hitter in his day who possessed very sound fundamentals and excellent plate discipline. Martinez was also a very clutch hitter during his time in the majors as he helped the Yankees win four World Series titles in his seven seasons with the club.
The Marlins former hitting Eduardo Perez has since left Miami to become the bench coach for the Houston Astros, who are making a move from the National League Central to the American League West next season.