Tino Martinez excited about Marlins' challenge
Former Yankees great and Rays 1B Tino Martinez said he is excited about his first season as a hitting coach after deciding to join the Marlins.
The Tampa native said Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria called him several times over the past few years about jobs, but he didn't feel the time was right to be away from his family again until now, and was looking forward to the challenge of making his coaching debut with what will be a young Marlins team.
"The whole idea coming in beforehand, he was going to go young, get rid of everybody and go young and totally rebuild, and wanted us to help rebuild the team," Martinez said. "And I thought, for me, as a first-year coach, it was a great situation to come into, to work with young players.''
Martinez - speaking at Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation event at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa - also confirmed that new Red Sox manager John Farrell called him about taking the same post with Boston but he decided the Marlins were a better fit. But, yes, the Yankees legend said he could have pulled on a Red Sox uniform.
"Yes, I could've. ... That was a great opportunity as well," he said. "I considered it, but in the end, I thought the opportunity to work with this young team in Miami, close to home here in Tampa with my family, everything just seemed right about it. So I'm excited I took it."
Martinez has interest in managing, but said he wants to see how he likes coaching first.
"We'll see. I'll do this job this year," he said. "Eventually, I think I would, but I want to make sure it's right. I'll take this year and see how it goes -- two years, for sure -- and then try to go from there.''