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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.

Durham’s Guyer named IL Batter of the Week

Brandon Guyer (courtesy of Durham Bulls)

The International League selected Durham outfielder Brandon Guyer as their Batter of the Week for the period from June 13-19.

Guyer is the fourth member of the Bulls to win an IL weekly award this season (Alexander Torres, April 11-17; Justin Ruggiano, May 2-8; Felipe Lopez, May 16-22.

Guyer didn’t dominate any one category during the week, but he had very solid numbers in all stat categories to help the Bulls stay in the lead in the IL South Division.

In six games during the week, Guyer hit .409 with a double, triple and home run, 7 RBI’s (3rd in IL), six runs scored (Tied-1st), and a pair of stolen bases (Tied-2nd).

Guyer produced two three-hit games during the week, including a 3-for-5, 4-RBI, 3-run effort at Gwinnett.

Guyer has been one of the League’s best hitters this season, with the proof being his .323 average (5th in the IL), .540 slugging percentage (4th), and 47 runs scored (Tied-4th).

Guyer, 25, was the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2010 with Double-A Tennessee. The Southern League All-Star was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason as part of the trade involving Matt Garza.

Guyer is a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 

Info courtesy of the International League

 

 

 

 

Clippers take advantage of walks by Durham; win 8-3

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

The Clippers hitters stood at the plate and waited for “BALL FOUR” being called by the home plate umpire all night in beating the Durham Bulls in Durham, North Carolina.

Bulls pitching issued 12 walks on the night and the Clippers added some timely hitting and a big inning to boost them to an 8-3 win.

Clippers' Nick Weglarz (MiLB)

Nick Weglarz got the scoring started with a solo home run in the second inning, but the lead was only momentarily as Durham scored one in the second inning and then two more in the third on a Justin Ruggiano home run.

The Clippers knocked out Durham starter Jeremy Hellickson (11-3) in the fourth, after he walked the bases loaded and allowed two runs to score before departing with just one out in the inning. Reliever Dale Thayer didn’t pitch much better, allowing a Jordan Brown bases-clearing double and issuing two more walks before the five-run inning finally ended.

From that point forward, Columbus starter Yohan Pino settled down, retiring the final eight batters he faced to pick up a quality start and improve to 8-5 on the season.