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Tino Martinez resigns as Miami Marlins hitting coach amid verbal abuse reports

Tino Martinez as a Yankee (photo by Amin Eshaiker via wikipedia commons)

Former Major League Baseball player Tino Martinez was known to be one who thrived on pressure.

During his career with Seattle, the Yankees twice, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, who would always come up with clutch hits.

His career stats showed he had a nice career hitting .271 with 339 homers and 1,271 RBI’s.

Martinez was named the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins for the 2013 season, replacing Eduardo Perez.

Apparently as the hitting coach of the Marlins, Martinez could not handle the pressure of working with and helping young players on a losing team.

Martinez resigned his position just hours after complaints by players about him verbally abusing them became public.

The allegations included him physically abusing Derek Dietrich several months before the resignation. Martinez’s behavior in the clubhouse was reported to also include verbal attacks towards other Marlins’ players, Justin Ruggiano and Chris Valaika and minor leaguer Matt Downs.

Martinez was in his first season as an MLB coach.

Reds make another round of cuts as opening day nears


The Cincinnati Reds made their second cuts of the spring on Sunday morning, which trimmed the spring training roster to 33 players. The team has to get down to 25 players before Opening Day.

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Right-handed reliever Andrew Brackman, infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Denis Phipps were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Right-handed relievers Carlos Fisher and Kanekoa Texeira, and left-handed relievers Ron Mahay, Clay Zavada and Clayton Tanner were reassigned to Minor League camp.

As usual, there are players who were sent down had very good springs. Phipps, a first timer in big league camp, batted .316 (12-for-38), with one home run in 20 games. Valaika, coming off of knee surgery in September, batted .391 (9-for-23) in 14 games.



Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news reports

Minor League callups can be costly; Reds spare expense


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The Cincinnati Reds are a small-market team, with a low payroll and they’re out of the Central Division race. But they spared no expense when it came to calling up several of their top prospects from Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds brought up Yonder Alonso, Jared Burton, Carlos Fisher, Matt Maloney, Edinson Volquez, Devin Mesoroco, Juan Francisco & Chris Valaika.

Bringing up players is not cheap at all. They get paid for a month at a big league minimum. To add it up, that’s about $70,000 per player. And that total does not include the cost of travel or the stripping the Louisville Bats roster.

(courtesy of Cincinnati Reds via wikipedia commons)

The Reds covered the Bats with players from Double-A Carolina to play the final games in Louisville’s season.

The Reds have been accused over the years of being cheap. But in the Bob Castellini/ Walt Jocketty era, they’ve spent money to upgrade the team.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

Reds’ prospect Valaika out for season with torn ACL


Chris Valaika (courtesy of

Cincinnati Reds prospect Chris Valaika played pretty well in two stints with the big league team.

In 14 games, he batted .280 (7-for-25) and made seven starts. He also played well at Triple-A Louisville hitting .261 with seven homers and 37 RBI’s.

But all of that is officially in the stat books as Valaika is on crutches due to a season-ending injury.

Valaika sustained a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee and will have surgery next week and should be ready to go come Spring Training 2012 in Goodyear, Arizona.

The injury occured as the 26-year-old infielder swung at a pitch and singled in a game against the Colorado Rockies last Sunday.

Valaika can play third, second and shortstop.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

Reds promote speedy Sappelt; put Heisey on DL


Dave Sappelt (courtesy of

The Cincinnati Reds have placed outfielder Chris Heisey on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left oblique muscle and called up speedy leadoff batter Dave Sappelt from their Triple-A Louisville affiliate.

The Reds, who have one of Major League Baseball’s deep and talented farm systems. have received solid production from every player they’ve called up this year: Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Yonder Alonso, Jeremy Hermida and Chris Valaika. They feel Sappelt will do the same.

Heisey, who pinch-ran at Chicago on Friday night, said he had more soreness on Saturday. His production this season is very good for a spot-starter, .249 average, 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s.

Sappelt was a having a solid season at Louisville, .313 average, seven homers and 29 RBI’s in his second season in Triple-A. During spring training this year, he had a team-leading 22 hits with a .564 average.


Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

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