Tino Martinez has been hired as the Miami Marlins' new hitting coach. - J. Meric
The Miami Marlins have hired Tino Martinez as the team's newest hitting coach. The Marlins are now slowly filling their coaching slots around new manager Mike Redmond.
The Miami Marlins have filled their manager position, having hired former Marlin Mike Redmond as their latest manager in their continual search for the best candidate to lead this team long-term. As for filling out Redmond's staff, the team has begun by hiring their newest hitting coach, former New York Yankees great Tino Martinez, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Tino Martinez has been hired as #Marlins hitting coach.— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) November 8, 2012
Martinez played for four different major league teams in his time in the bigs, most famously the Yankees but also including the Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Rays. He was a career .277/.341/.471 (.350 wOBA) hitter and racked up 33.0 FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement (fWAR) and 25.1 Baseball-Reference WAR (rWAR) in his career.
Martinez joins incumbent bullpen coach Reid Cornelius and incumbent third base coach Joey Espada in Redmond's current regime. Also on the coaching roster is longtime infield coach Perry Hill, who is returning to reprise his previous role with the team. According to the Sun-Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez, the team is not planning on hiring a second hitting coach to the staff.
#Marlins have no immediate plans to follow trend of adding a second hitting coach to major league staff.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) November 9, 2012
The Marlins have yet to replace their pitching and bench coaches following the firing of Ozzie Guillen and most of his staff. Expect word on those positions in the coming months, but know that it is unlikely the Marlins are holding these positions in high priority at this point.