Tino Martinez has been hired by the Miami Marlins to become the team’s new hitting coach, the Associated Press reports. Martinez is the second addition to the new coaching staff, after manager Mike Redmond, who was officially hired on November 1.
Martinez, a retired first-baseman that spent the majority of his career in New York with the Yankees, is a 2-time All-Star, winner of the 1997 Home Run Derby, and a Silver Slugger recipient (1997). In his 16-year career, he posted a .271 BA with a .344 on-base percentage and .815 OPS. He also tallied up 339 home runs, 1925 hits, and 1271 RBI.
Since retiring in 2006, Tino has been part of the broadcasting end of baseball. He worked with ESPN and their program Baseball Tonight, and YES Network as an analyst. He was also the Special Assistant to the General Manager in New York and has been since 2008 until now.
Martinez now faces to coach a team that hit .244 overall in 2012, the worst seasonal batting average posted by the 19-year-old franchise since its inception.
Many other positions have yet to be filled as the Marlins let go most of the coaching staff after parting ways with Ozzie Guillen after a year. Pitching coach Randy St. Claire, first base coach Gary Thurman, and bench coach Joey Cora were unofficially dismissed after Guillen’s firing. Third base coach Joe Espada and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius will be back next year, and it has also been mentioned that former first base coach/infield coach Perry Hill will make a second return to the club. If hired, it would mark his eighth year as a coach of the Marlins.
Eduardo Perez, who was the Marlins’ hitting coach since June 2011, recently signed a contract to become the bench coach for the Houston Astros, who have introduced a new look and moved to the American League. In Houston, Perez joins new manager Bo Porter, a former Marlins third base coach, and also the man he replaced in 2011, John Mallee, as Mallee will serve as hitting coach there.