Marlins Tino Martinez Resigns Amid Abuse Claims

Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday amid allegations he abused a player according to the Associated Press.

The club has announced that John Pierson is the interim hitting coach. He’ll join the club Monday.

But the big news is obviously Martinez stepping down.

“I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior,” Martinez said (AP). “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.”

Rookie Derek Dietrich — who has since been sent to the minors — is among Marlins players claiming intimidation and abuse by Martinez. The second baseman said Martinez “erupted in anger unjustly and grabbed him by his neck and neck chain,” according to an earlier Miami Herald report. Martinez has admitted that he once touched a player in anger, saying he grabbed Dietrich by the jersey earlier this season.

Source: Matt Snyder, CBS Sports