The Miami Marlins’ terrible 2013 season got even uglier this past weekend when hitting coach Tino Martinez quit after an altercation with players during batting practice.
But it’s not like the Marlins can get any worse at the plate without the former Yankee great tinkering with their swings. Miami is dead last in just about every hitting statistic, including runs per game (3.20), batting average (.232) and home runs (62).
Those stinky stats have led to a 40-64 record heading into Tuesday and have cost Miami backers – if they really exist - -7.28 units on the year. Total bettors, however, are more than happy to see the Marlins offense continue to implode and Martinez walk away.
Miami is 43-54-7 over/under (fourth-best under in NL), most notably 19-30-3 over/under on the road (60.5 percent under). Since Martinez walked, the Marlins are 1-1 over/under, losing 6-5 to the New York Mets and topping the 7-run total Monday.
According to FoxSports Ken Rosenthal, Martinez got in a confrontation after three players refused to pick up balls during batting practice, including second baseman Derek Dietrich, who Martinez said he grabbed by the jersey. Martinez officially resigned Sunday after the press caught wind of the BP dust-up.
“Do you realize I’m out of baseball basically because a couple of players didn't pick up balls in the cage when I asked them to?,” he told FoxSports. “As a coach, when I asked them to pick up the balls, why didn’t they just say, ‘Absolutely, no problem, I’ll do it right now.’ ”
Miami is a -137 home favorite hosting New York Tuesday. The total is set at 7.5 runs.