Tino Martinez resigns as Marlins hitting coach amid abuse allegations

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Tino Martinez, 45, has resigned as the hitting coach of the Miami Marlins. Martinez had no previous coaching experience prior to being hand picked for the position by team owner Jeffrey Loria.

As Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports, “Martinez has resigned after a player notified the team Martinez erupted in anger unjustly and grabbed him by his neck and neck chain, according to multiple sources.”

“According to two sources,” Spencer reported, “the agent for rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich, who was demoted last week to the minors, contacted team officials about the alleged incident, which occurred several months ago.”

Other players have spoken on the condition of anonymity to speak about the language that Martinez used in the clubhouse.

Martinez spent 16 seasons in the major leagues including seven with the New York Yankees where he won four World Series rings as the teams first baseman.

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