MLB notes: Marlins coach Tino Martinez resigns amid allegations of player abuse

Former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez. (MIKE EHRMANN/Getty Images/AFP)

Former Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez. (MIKE EHRMANN/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:20 PM ET

Tino Martinez resigned as Miami Marlins hitting coach Sunday amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse.

Rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich’s agent submitted a complaint to the team saying several months ago Martinez grabbed his client by the neck and neck chain, according to the Miami Herald.

Team owner Jeffrey Loria, who hand-picked Martinez to coach this season, had previously rejected the former big-league first baseman’s resignation over the alleged incident.

Apparently Martinez’s antics have gone on all season.

A Marlins player told the Herald that Martinez had been verbally abusive toward players several times since spring training. A number of players have complained about him to manager Mike Redmond.

“It’s all shocked everybody,” the player said. “He uses intimidation. It’s been a problem since Day 1.”

Those who have witnessed Martinez’s profanity-laced outbursts said outfielder Justin Ruggiano, infielder Chris Valaika and minor-league infielder Matt Downs were subject to the coach’s abuse. The list may also be larger than that.

Martinez, 45, was a 16-year MLB veteran who played for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. His job with the Marlins was his first professional coaching gig.

BIG BAN FOR A-ROD?

Alex Rodriguez may not play baseball again until 2015.

Major League Baseball is set to drop the bomb on players involved in the Biogenesis scandal this week and the New York Yankees third baseman may receive a suspension that covers the rest of this season and all of 2014, according to the New York Post.

Punishments for all 15-plus players involved in the performance-enhancing drug case will be announced at the same time. Ryan Braun’s suspension –- the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder is gone for the season -– was announced early because he was willing to accept the penalty without appeal.

The league wants to get suspensions out of the way before teams have fewer than 50 games remaining this season. The penalty for first-time offenders who fail a PED test is 50 games. It appears MLB will offer first-time offenders in the Biogenesis case the same deal if they don’t appeal, even though the evidence against players came from an investigation rather than blood or urine samples.

Despite the fact Rodriguez has never been disciplined for drug use, MLB will not put him in the above category. A combination of being a user and obstructing with the Biogenesis case -– on top of admitted steroid use from 2001 to 2003 after lying about it -– means he will receive a stiffer penalty.

PEAVY PACKED AND READY

His bags are packed and he’s ready to go.

The only thing left for Jake Peavy to do is wait to hear where he’s been traded.

“It is sad to think that this is probably my last day in here,” the Chicago White Sox right-hander told ESPN Sunday morning. ”We all realize the reality of the situation and I am prepared with that to happen soon.”

Peavy brought five packed suitcases with him to U.S. Cellular Field for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals in case he needs to hop a flight to his next baseball stop at a moment’s notice.

It’s no secret Peavy is being offered as trade bait. The team has kept him and his agent up to date with trade negotiations over the past two weeks.

The Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers are believed to be in the mix for Peavy’s services.

The 32-year-old has an 8-4 record this season with a 4.28 ERA.

SCHEPPERS ‘LOST A BAR FIGHT’

Tanner Scheppers may have stretched the truth when he said he got “sucker-punched” last week in Cleveland.

According to the Cleveland Scene Weekly, a witness described the Texas Rangers reliever as a verbal instigator as opposed to the victim of an attack.

Scheppers was at a restaurant with teammates Joe Nathan and A.J. Pierzynsky along with a bunch of girls, the tipster said. Scheppers had been jawing back and forth with another party, which lead to an altercation.

“He lost a bar fight,” the witness said. “He had 10 chances to walk away before this happened.”

Cleveland police confirmed an altercation involving Scheppers occurred 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Scheppers, who has a 1.74 ERA in 46 appearances this season, suffered a blackened left eye, two small cuts above his nose, and a headache.

BRIEFLY

Los Angeles Angels first baseman/DH Albert Pujols was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis. There’s no timetable for his return, and according to Yahoo! Sports he’s been told he might be done for the season ... Derek Jeter made an immediate impact upon his return to the New York Yankees lineup Sunday. Jeter hit the first pitch he saw into the stands for a solo home run. It was his first major-league at-bat since recovering from a Grade 1 quad strain ... The Miami Marlins placed right-hander Kevin Slowey on the 15-day DL due to discomfort in his right forearm.


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