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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.

Padres’ Volquez almost pitches team’s first no-hitter


Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez has been everything the San Diego Padres wanted in a top-of-the rotation pitcher.

He is 6-7 overall, with a 3.34 ERA, with 109 strikeouts and 70 walks on a team that is offensively-challenged.

Edinson Volquez (courtesy of

The fire-balling right-hander almost made history on Thursday. He came within an infield single of throwing the Padres first no-hitter in the team’s history.

Volquez allowed a single to the Houston Astros’ Matt Downs in the fourth inning, a dribbler to the left-side of the mound, which he could not field.


Info compiled from MLB & San Diego Padres

Astros give Reds first loss of season, 3-2


The Cincinnati Reds can’t win every game of a baseball season, that’s reality.

After winning 5 in a row to start the season against Milwaukee and Houston, the Reds end the first home stand at 5-1 after a 3-2 loss to the Astros.

Reds starting pitcher Sam LeCure went five innings, gave up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

The bullpen lost the game on this occasion as Nick Masset (0-1) gave up a tie-breaking double in the ninth inning to Matt Downs.

Matt Downs (courtesy of

Left-hander Fernando Abad (1-0) earned his first major-league win.



compiled from Houston Astros & Cincinnati Reds news