Ti-no! Ti-no!

Melky is just glad to be here
Who keeps used syringes around for eight years anyway?

Everyone’s favorite late-1990s first baseman is back with the Yankees. Tino Martinez has joined the Yanks as a special instructor. His first task, it seems, will be to get Shelley Duncan used to the idea of playing first base. Tino will be assisting the team throughout the year.

Melky is just glad to be here
Who keeps used syringes around for eight years anyway?
  • steve (different one)

    Tino should help Jeter find a new haircut. Tino always had great hair.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Maybe he could recommend a better car to Jeter also. The Ford Edge is sorta crappy.

  • Manny

    Thats a very smart choice, Shelley should be honored to have a great 1st basemen like tino, instruct him.

    Great move on the yankees part.

    • Whitey14

      I agree Manny. Tino was a fantastic fielder and once he finally adapted to major league pitching he could really kill you with his stick too. I watched him hit two long bombs in the Stadium against my Red Sox a few days before 9/11. He beat them by himself that day.

      I always remember him having excellent defensive ratings in Strat-o-matic as well. Any Strat gamers out there?

  • jsbrendog

    nexst to make a return…..CHARLIE HAYES

  • Rich

    It’s kind of ironic because Tino was not widely considered to be a particularly good defensive 1Bman when the Yankees acquired (although I have never looked at his fielding metrics from the mid-90s).

  • http://www.thebronxstop.com Mark McCray

    Here is a little bit more about Tino coming back…This is good for the Yanks…


  • Jeff

    Steve you took the words out of my mouth! Ben if anything maybe he could get him off Blazing Copper.

    Tino is great… hopefully he’ll help.

  • RobertGKramer

    What uni number will Tino wear as a coach, does Cano stay in #24? And I thought Tino was always considered great defensively!

    • Rich

      When the Yankees traded for him, there was considerable emphasis placed on how he was nowhere near as good a 1Bman as Mattingly. Now, maybe that’s too high a bar for most 1Bman, but there were numerous reports during Tino’s early Yankee years on how he improved his defense after he got here.

  • Travis

    Let’s hope Tino is a better instructor than he is an analyst on ESPN.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Jeter actually drives a Saab. Or at least he did the two times I saw him drive in.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    Why don’t we just sign Tino to play first.