NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former Yankee Tino Martinez, who resigned as the Marlins’ hitting coach on Sunday, joined 98.7 The Fan’s Booger and Rich in Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the recent allegations that he was verbally and even physically abuse to Marlins players.
The four-time World Series champion was adamant that he never grabbed a player’s throat, The 45-year-old explained that after doing drills in May, one player wouldn’t pick up balls in the batting cage.
“I said, ‘Hey, Derek (Dietrich), would you help us pick the balls up?'” Martinez told Booger and Rich. “And he says, ‘Well I didn’t hit them. Why should I?’ I said, ‘Because you’re part of this team. Help us pick the balls up.’ He goes, ‘But I didn’t hit them.’ So as he was walking towards me I grabbed his jersey, and I told him, ‘I told you to f—– pick the balls up. You’re f—– part of this team. I don’t want to hear anymore.’ And that was it.”