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Tino Martinez fights back: 'I had to say something'

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07:13 AM ET 07.30 | On Monday, former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez took his turn to speak. Picking up balls in the batting cage, that's what this was all about, according to [Martinez]. Three different Marlins refused to pick up balls in separate incidents, violating a standard practice during drills in which a coach "soft tosses" balls for players to hit, Martinez said. Martinez, 45, confronted the players about it. The confrontations grew heated. Martinez admits to using vulgarity with each player and grabbing one of them, second baseman Derek Dietrich, by the jersey, but not -- as some reports suggested -- by the neck. ... [Said Martinez:] "I walked away from the game with integrity. But now, to have a couple of kids try to ruin my name, I felt I had to say something and fight back."

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July 30, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Tino is old school and glad he quit rather than baby sitting a bunch of soft athletes/

July 30, 2013  08:08 AM ET

A first year player batting a cool .214 is not going to listen to a 15 year veteran Martinez on how to improve his hitting is why Derek in a year or so nobody will remember your name.

July 30, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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A first year player batting a cool .214 is not going to listen to a 15 year veteran Martinez on how to improve his hitting is why Derek in a year or so nobody will remember your name.

Derek Dietrich didn't even have the stones to complain about Tino until after he was sent down to the minors.

How embarrassing is that anyway? Being sent to the minors by a minor league club....

July 30, 2013  09:01 AM ET
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Tino is old school and glad he quit rather than baby sitting a bunch of soft athletes/

+1 for that comment!! Further proof of the wussification of America.

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July 30, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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+1 for that comment!! Further proof of the wussification of America.

You got that right!

July 30, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Tino is old school and glad he quit rather than baby sitting a bunch of soft athletes/

True.

July 30, 2013  10:29 AM ET

The player is a first rate punk. How does anyone even get into minor league baseball with attitude like that. I just hope he doesn't know me by my name here, because I'm sure he'll be slinging burgers somewhere real soon.

July 30, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Martinez was right to get away. The owner dabbles in team management and he is arguably the worst owner in the game................and that's a hard contest to win.

July 30, 2013  04:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The player is a first rate punk. How does anyone even get into minor league baseball with attitude like that. I just hope he doesn't know me by my name here, because I'm sure he'll be slinging burgers somewhere real soon.

I'm sorry, but if Bochy asked Posey to pick up the balls, we all know the balls would be in the ball basket. Baseball is a game for boys on the field - off the field, some are starting to make me believe they a prima donnas... You can't cross the two!!! Pick up the balls or we will hire Attila the Hun to spur you on...

July 30, 2013  04:08 PM ET

My apologies Mr Martinez for assuming the media had it right....

July 30, 2013  05:59 PM ET

The Manager has to support you Tino!

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August 2, 2013  02:59 PM ET

Grabbing players out of frustration doesn't indicate any dignity was retained.

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