Sunday, July 28, 2013

Report: Marlins coach resigns after Dietrich accusation

Former Biscuits infielder Derek Dietrich is also in the middle of a major league controversy.

Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned today for allegedly physically assaulting a player, identified as Dietrich by the Miami Herald, citing two unnamed sources.

Dietrich, promoted from Double-A Jacksonville to the majors in May, was demoted back to the Suns last week.

Martinez grabbed Dietrich by his neck and neck chain "several months ago," the Herald reported, and Dietrich notified the Marlins about it through his agent.

Dietrich had a .214 average with nine home runs, 23 RBIs and 56 strikeouts in 57 games for the Marlins. Martinez is in his first year as the Marlins' hitting coach and was a 16-year major league player, including for Tampa Bay in 2004.

Here's the story I wrote on Dietrich from Friday's editions and the video I took of him on Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium before he played the Biscuits (and before the allegations became public). Dietrich and Biscuits pitcher Enny Romero also had a confrontation Friday.

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