Front office defections: Marlins hire Tino, Pirates hire Livesey

Jeter & Cano take home Silver Slugger Awards
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The Marlins have hired Tino Martinez to be their big league hitting coach according to multiple reports. While we all remember him for his days as a player, Tino has been with the Yankees as a Specialist Assistant to the GM since 2008. He worked with the club’s minor league prospects down in Tampa throughout the year, and the Yankees had to give him permission to interview with the Marlins. Martinez also did some games on the YES Network but to be honest, I won’t miss him. He was always better seen and not heard, if you catch my drift.

In other news, the Pirates have hired Bill Livesey as a Senior Advisor to GM Neal Huntington. Livesey spent two stints and over 20 years in the Yankees front office, most notably drafting Derek Jeter while serving as the team’s amateur scouting director from 1991-1996. He most recently worked with the team as one of Brian Cashman‘s most trusted pro scouts from 2008-2011.

Jeter & Cano take home Silver Slugger Awards
Mailbag: Masterson, Ichiro, Hunter, Soria, Adams
  • Joe F

    He was almost a Red Sox. So good for Tino!

  • TCMiller30

    Congrats Tino..

    My all-time favorite Yankee.

  • forensic

    I hope this doesn’t go to the wrong place, but am I the only one who gets the feeling that the Marlins hire people more to be almost friends or having some sort of relation to their fans rather than being qualified? Nearly every hire in the last bunch of years (especially with the new stadium) has either been Hispanic or a homegrown/town Floridian, with no consideration of their coaching/managing history/qualifications.

    Maybe Tino will be great, and yeah plenty of baseball people have gone through Florida at some point, but some of their hires and decisions just make no sense (at least to someone on the outside of Florida).

    • Robinson Tilapia (IS Nate Silver)


      I also think that, if you’re running a franchise that, despite two world championships, cannot develop any sort of connection with the community around them, and that trend has continued despite a shiny new stadium in what should be a baseball-friendly latin-dominated community, it’s not the worst idea to try to bring in some possibly friendly faces.

      Therein lies my argument for the Marlins trading for Alex.

      • MannyGeee

        Well, I have always argued that the Marlins shot themselves in the foot with the repeated fire-sales IMMEDIATELY after those championships. Always had an air of a “money grab” to me.

        If they wanted to build a fan base, they needed to build a recognizable team in those seasons and trading away the buys who won those rings for you in order to not have to pay them was a slap in the face of that fan base.

        So now hiring “the most Latin Latinos” and “the most famous south Floridians” just seems like another money grab by Loria… He’s running a major league baseball team like he was running a Six Flags. Its insulting to Miami baseball fans.

        • Zack

          It’s another reason I hated losing in 03. At least in 01,the Diamondbacks fell apart not because the owner wanted to put the money back in his pockets but that he had spent all of it getting the World Series in the first place.
          Loria is simply a greedy #@.

  • Knoxvillain

    Awesome. Even if he was the hitting coach for Boston I would be happy. Forget the rivalry, I’m glad Tino is back in baseball.

  • The Real Eddard

    Yankees really missed the boat by not swooping up Tino when it was clear that he wanted to be a hitting coach. Klong should have been fired immediately after the playoffs ended and either Tino or Paulie should have been hired. Tino’s gone so hopefully that means Paulie is in line but I doubt it. Marlins got themselves a great ballplayer to teach their hitters how to hit the right way.

    • ^ Dumb

      You are really dumb

      • Clown

        ^ And you are clown.

    • The Real Eddard’s Pants

      I’m the Real Eddard’s Pants, and I did NOT approve this message. We actually disagreed on this one. There were insults cast, feelings hurt, and some things I think the both of us would like to take back. I’d really rather not talk about it.

  • Rich in NJ

    I’m sorry to see Livesey leave.

  • Rich Baktis

    I have to say since Mike has taken over this site full time for the most part I have really limited my following of this site. It was so much better before it went to YES and Mike started posting his view all the time. Usually he is dead wrong seems like YES runs this site and what gets posted. Again a site going corporate has ruined another great site. Sad…. Another Blog selling out.

    • MannyGeee

      wow. You must be into the crack analysis you’d see on such reputable independent sites like NoMaas huh.

      You know, after the CC and Girardi photoshops and 2000 anti-Semitic & homophobic comments…

      As as for you Axisa, stop being such a sold out sell out type guy who only gives his own opinion but has YES telling him what his opinion is…. or something… SELLOUT!!!!!!

    •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Chill man. The guy provides an unreal amount of free content along with well-reasoned and statistically backed opinions. How often is he dead wrong? I’m pretty critical of baseball writers/bloggers, but he’s one of the few who’s well worth reading.

      •!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        Oh, and congrats to Tino. Glad it’s not the Sox.

    • Drew

      Not sure if this is serious

  • dalelama

    I agree, Tino sounded like an imbecile on the air.