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Tino Martinez Hired To Be Miami Marlins Hitting Coach

Tino Martinez Hired To Be Miami Marlins Hitting Coach

From Yahoo Sports

MIAMI (AP) — Tino Martinez has been hired as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach and will work with new manager Mike Redmond.

Martinez, a first baseman in the majors for 16 years, has been a New York Yankees special assistant and worked an analyst for the YES Network. Martinez had a career average of .271 with 339 home runs for the Yankees, Mariners, Cardinals and Rays.

Redmond landed his first big league managerial job last week when he was hired to replace Ozzie Guillen. The Marlins this year batted .244, the worst average in franchise history, and scored the fewest runs per game since their first year in 1993.

Eduardo Perez was the Marlins’ hitting coach in 2012. Perez will be Houston’s bench coach next season.

Looking Ahead: The Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011

Looking Ahead:  The Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011

With the Hall of Fame still on my mind, I started thinking about what the Class of 2011 may look like.

Of the guys that missed the cut this year, I think that it is pretty safe to assume that Bert Blyleven and Robert0 Alomar will gain entry in 2011.  Besides those two, I don’t see anyone else that has been on the ballot prior picking up enough steam to grab 75% of the votes.

But, what about the guys on the ballot for the first time? 

Well, here is that list: 

2011: Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, John Olerud, Kevin Brown, Larry Walker, Juan Gonzalez, Tino Martinez, B.J. Surhoff, Marquis Grissom, John Franco, Bret Boone, Al Leiter, Benito Santiago, Carlos Baerga, Raul Mondesi, Bobby Higginson, Wilson Alvarez, Rey Sanchez, Charles Johnson, Jose Offerman, Ugueth Urbina, Ismael Valdez, Dan Wilson, Paul Quantrill, Cal Eldred, Kirk Rueter, Steve Reed

The list includes All-stars, MVPs, and World Series champions!!!  But once you start to look at the numbers, there are only 2 guys with a real shot at entry into Cooperstown; and for one of them, it may take a few years…

Those two guys are Jeff Bagwell & Rafael Palmeiro.

Lets start with Bagwell.  He’s a likable guy, and his numbers are solid.  A 15-year career that can be compared to the best first baemen from his era, Bagwell has a ROY and MVP award in his pocket.  He is also a 4-time All-star and winner of 3 Silver Slugger Trophies and 1 Gold Glove.  And while Bagwell hit close to .300 during the duration of his career, his 449 home runs and 2,314 hits leaves him well short of a few major milestones that usually guarantee enshrinement.

That takes us to Rafael Palmeiro.  He has all of the personal achievements.  Heck, he is 1 of just a small handful of players to reach both the 500 Home Runs plateau and 3,000 hits landmark.  But Raffy was never considered as the game’s best at any point during his playing days.  Sure, he was an All-star, and he won a few Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards, but Rafael was never elevated to elite status by winning MVP awards.  And then there is the whole steroid issue – it will loom over Rafael Palmeiro in the same manner that it has with Mark McGwire.  And that does not bode well for his chances; especially on his first ballot.

If I were voting, 3 players would get my vote – Blyleven, Alomar, and Palmeiro.  And while I like Jeff Bagwell, and Barry Larkin for that matter, I just need a few more years to think about how they rank among the best to have ever played the game…

Did You Know…

Tino Martinez hit his 300th career home run a very long way from his home ballpark.  The Devil Rays and Yankees opened the 2004 season with a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan.  Martinez, playing in his first game for Tampa Bay, belted his milestone four-bagger against Yankees’ pitcher Felix Heredia in the seventh inning of the first game on March 30.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – I wonder if he got the ball back…  🙂

An Interesting Pack Of 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier

I received 1 pack of 1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from the pack:

Rene Gonzalez, Cory Snyder, Luis Sojo, Tim ‘Rock’  Raines, Ron Gant, Tino Martinez, and Moises Alou.

This pack was filled with baseball stars.  Raines, Alou, Gant, Tino, WOW!!!!  The best thing about this pack of cards to me is saying ‘O-PEE-CHEE’.  It’s kind of fun…  in a weird kind of way…

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What Ever Happened To Tino Martinez???

Tino Martinez never superstar status as a professional baseball player.  But if you ask any of his teammates, Tino was an incredible teammate.

A 2-time All-Star, Martinez was never a league leader in any of the major offensive categories.  But, what Tino Martinez did do was compete and play hard each and every game. 

With a career batting average of .271, Tino did not stand out as a prolific hitter.  But in the other major offensive categories Tino provided his team with the fuel needed to win games.  Martinez hit 339 home runs in his career, while hitting 15+ in 14 consecutive seasons.  Martinez finished his career with 1271 total RBI’s, hitting 60+ in 13 consecutive seasons.  And although Tino was not known for his speed, he did a good job on the base paths and scored 1008 runs.

Tino Martinez was also part of 4 World Series championship teams with the New York Yankees.  His best year as a player came with the Yankees in 1997 when he hit .296 with 44 home runs and 141 RBI.

Today, Tino is back with the Yankees and has been used in multiple roles.  He was brought in to assist the team’s development of their first basemen and he aslo does projects for their General Manager.