Tino Martinez found out the hard way that there IS crying in baseball, and apparently it can end up costing you your job!
The Miami Marlins hitting coach recently announced he would be stepping down after multiple players complained he was verbal abusing them!
Tino released a statement about his decision to resign, saying:
"I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior. I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."
The former coach says he was hoping to motivate players with some tough love, but admits that he took it too far:
"I just thought with some young players you needed to be a little firmer and try to get them on the right track. I probably used some four-letter words. I thought I was doing the right thing. Obviously, I wasn't."
Tino even admits that he once grabbed rookie Derek Dietrich in frustration, which was one of the first complaints that lead to his resignation.
The coach says he's not exactly sure what lies in the future for him, but he doesn't seem too optimistic about landing another coaching gig anytime soon:
"I don't know long term how it's going to affect me. Right now I'm disappointed in myself. I'm embarrassed. Right now I'm not worried about the future. I just want to make sure my family is OK."
It will definitely be difficult for Tino to find a job after getting multiple complaints from the players he coached, and it doesn't help that the Marlins ranked dead last in batting average, runs scored, on base percentage, and slugging percentage!
Only time will tell if a team gets desperate enough to take a leap of faith with the former New York Yankees slugger.
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