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Marlins name former Yankees slugger Tino Martinez new hitting coach

The Marlins have hired four-time World Series champion and former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez to be their new hitting coach.

Though he has no professional coaching experience, Martinez, 44, has stayed involved in baseball since retiring after the 2005 season. He has served as a Yankees spring instructor and special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman, and has also been an analyst for YES Network broadcasts.

The Red Sox were also reportedly interested in Martinez as their hitting coach before the Marlins snatched him up Thursday.

The Tampa native finished his career as a .271 career hitter with 339 home runs and 1,271 RBI in 16 major league seasons. A former first round pick of the Mariners, Martinez finished second in the MVP voting in 1997 when he it .296 with 44 homers and 141 RBI.

The Marlins finished next-to-last in the National League in scoring last season with 609 runs. They hit .244 (13th out of 16 NL teams) as a team and hit 137 home runs (13th).

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Camera Mike

Marlins Fan, it looks like Johnson, Buehrle, and Reyes to Toronto for prospect. Jeffrey Loria is back with a vengeance. Plus Giancarlo Stanton is tweeting about how pissed he is, and I can't blame him. If I were him I'd demand a trade now and if the team is trading this much for so little I wouldn't be surprised to see Stanton get traded later this off season. I think it's due time for a full boycott of the Marlins. Let's see if we can get a home game with zero attendance, and I am completely honest. Let's have not a single fan in the stadium. That might be embarrassing enough to force MLB's hands to do something and finally get Loria out of the game.

Marlin Fan

Reyes as well to Toronto ???

bob

FIRESALE ALERT FIRESALE ALERT

Reports are that AT THE VERY LEAST, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle, and Jose Reyes are on their way to Toronto. Other rumors state that Toronto will also land John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. This could leave the Marlins with as little as $16MM in non-arbitration payroll commitment for 2013.

All I have to say is: WHAT. THE. F*CK.

Marlin Fan

Loria is an a$&hole

Marlin Fan

Camera Mike , I'm all for it .

Marlin Fan

The commissioners office has to step in . I forgot the verbiage , but doesnt an organizer have to put out a team that is in the spirit of winning / competion . None of that is happening here .

Marlins fans are suckers

Told you people earlier in this post that Loria will NEVER put a contending play-off team on the field again. Believe it now? If you dont ,you are the sucker FANatic that Loria is counting on to support this franchise , no matter what.

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