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Tino Martinez | First Baseman

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (49) / 12/7/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tampa
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38-year-old Tino Martinez is expected to take a job with ESPN, ending his playing career.
"I don't want to make this a big deal," Martinez told St. Petersburg Times. "I'm done. I'm not going to play anymore. I'm 100 percent decided." Martinez is calling it quits following a season in which he hit .241/.328/.439 in 303 AB for the Yankees. The two-time All-Star hit .271/.344/.471 with 339 HR and 1,271 RBI over 16 seasons. His best year was 1997, which he finished at .296/.371/.577 with 44 HR and 141 RBI. Wed, Feb 15, 2006 02:10:00 PM
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Free agent Tino Martinez is in discussions with ESPN about working as an on-air analyst.

There hasn't been much interest in Tino as a free agent. He's still considering playing another year, but he's unlikely to find a good fit at this point.
Source: Newsday
Tue, Feb 14, 2006 02:57:00 PM

The Marlins are interested in adding Tino Martinez -- as their hitting coach or first-base coach.

They'd probably just bring him out of retirement in April. The right idea would have been to make Lenny Harris the hitting coach.
Fri, Dec 9, 2005 04:01:00 AM

Agent Jim Krivacs said Tino Martinez, a Tampa native, is open to talking with the Rays about a return.

Martinez spent 2004 with the Rays before joining the Yankees last season. He's also considering retirement.
Wed, Dec 7, 2005 01:35:00 PM

Free agent Tino Martinez said he has been contacted by teams, but that he's not sure whether he'll continue his career.

"There have been a couple, but none I'm interested in," Martinez said. "We'll see what happens. I'm not just going to play to hang on with a team. It has to be a really good situation." Martinez may join another team for a year, but he hopes to return to the Yankees in a coaching, broadcasting or front office capacity at some point in the future.
Sat, Nov 19, 2005 02:41:00 AM

Yankees declined first baseman Tino Martinez's $3 million option for 2006.

Martinez gets a $250,000 buyout on top of the $2.75 million he made in 2005. There isn't much chance that he'll be back after hitting .241/.328/.439 in 303 at-bats last season. The Yankees may attempt to replace him with John Olerud.
Tue, Nov 8, 2005 05:57:00 PM

It remains uncertain if the Yankees will elect to bring back Tino Martinez next season.

The Yankees hold a $3 million option that they aren't expected to exercise. "I have no idea. Either way, it's been great. If I fit in the plans, great. If I don't, we'll see what happens," said Martinez. "A lot of changes have to be made, and I'm sure the team wants to get younger."
Fri, Oct 14, 2005 10:15:00 AM

Tino Martinez (strained right rib) says he is a game or two away from returning to availability as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.

Martinez has missed 12 straight games. ''I'm feeling fine. I'm starting to come back, swinging a little better,'' the veteran said. He was injured Aug. 31 in Seattle.
Thu, Sep 15, 2005 07:45:00 AM

Tino Martinez, sidelined by a strained right ribcage, took batting practice today.

''It's a little sore, but all right,'' Martinez said. ''If I'm needed to pinch-hit, I will.'' It doesn't look like he'll be needed tonight.
Tue, Sep 13, 2005 08:51:00 PM

Tino Martinez, out since Aug. 31 because of a strained right ribcage, took infield grounders today and hopes to take batting practice Tuesday.

He should be kept benched in AL-only leagues for another week. Releasing him is also an option.
Sun, Sep 11, 2005 10:59:00 PM

Manager Joe Torre said yesterday that he doesn't expect Tino Martinez (ribs) to swing a bat until at least Tuesday.

''He's very frustrated,'' Torre said.
Sat, Sep 10, 2005 09:22:00 AM

The Yankees will likely have to do without Tino Martinez (ribs) against Boston this weekend.

Martinez has yet to begin swinging a bat. He said he hopes he can play this weekend, but manager Joe Torre was pessimistic. It's possible Martinez could see action as a defensive replacement.
Fri, Sep 9, 2005 09:06:00 AM

Tino Martinez (ribs) could be healthy enough to play by the end of the week.

Martinez has been out since Sept. 1 after straining a ribcage during a swing.
Thu, Sep 8, 2005 09:33:00 AM

The Yankees currently believe Tino Martinez will miss three or four days with a strained rib cage.

Because of Martinez's injury, the Yankees chose to call up Andy Phillips before the end of the Triple-A season. Jason Giambi figures to get all the starts at first base until Martinez returns, keeping playing time open for Bernie Williams at DH.
Thu, Sep 1, 2005 09:44:00 PM

Tino Martinez suffered a strained ribcage during a swing tonight and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

''We'll see how it is tomorrow,'' Martinez said. Regardless of how it is, it's unlikely that he'll play.
Thu, Sep 1, 2005 02:57:00 AM