Tino Martinez eager for role with Marlins
Former Yankee will coach hitters
There was a time when Tino Martinez was certain that he would never coach.
It's not that he didn't want to, necessarily. It was more that the grind of baseball -- travel, long days, late nights, time away from the family -- had taken its toll over the course of 16 seasons in the major leagues.
Martinez recalls, "I said, `Never again."'
Never say never.
The four-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees is back in the game, now in the first year of a three-year deal to be the Miami Marlins hitting coach.
He spent five seasons working with the Yankees as a spring-training instructor, and acknowledges that he always felt a little saddened when the club went north without him. So when the Marlins called late last year with an offer, Martinez was finally willing to listen.
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