The 2017 World Baseball Classic is right around the corner and former Yankee Tino Martinez nailed a coaching spot for team USA.
According to George A. King III of the New York Post, former New York Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez was offered the position of hitting coach for Team USA in the 2017 WBC which he gracefully accepted.
“Joe Torre and Jim Leyland [called] about a month ago and asked if I would be interested,’’ Martinez told King. “It’s a great honor and very exciting. I’m looking forward to it.’’
In seven years sporting Yankees’ pinstripes, Tino hit 192 home runs while sporting an overall batting average of .276. From 1995 to 2001, he hit the fifth home runs among AL first baseman.
Martinez will not be the only familiar face on team USA in a few months, former Yankees manager Joe Torre is the general manager of the team and has already recruited some stellar talent for the tournament which includes Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, and Max Scherzer.
The former Bronx Bomber’s only hitting coach experience was for half a season in 2013 with the Miami Marlins but resigned in July of that same year.
Tino seems like he is certainly looking forward to the tournament and could potentially help recruit some current Yankees he has a relationship with.