Tino Martinez is a former Major League baseball player for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Seattle Mariners made him their first round draft pick in 1988, selecting him 14th overall. Best known for his days as the starting first baseman for the Yankees, Tino helped lead the team to four World Series championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.
During Tino’s 16-year career he drove in 1,271 runs, had 1,925 hits, and 339 home runs. He was named to two All-Star teams in 1995 and 1997, and was awarded a Silver Slugger award in 1997 as well, a year in which he smacked 44 home runs and drove in 141 runs. He won the Home Run Derby in the same year. On June 21st, 2014, the New York Yankees honored Tino with a plaque in Monument Park.
Since his retirement from Major League Baseball, Tino has remained heavily involved in the game. In 2008, The Yankees named him Special Assistant to the General Manager. In 2010, Tino worked as a color commentator for the YES Network. In 2013, he began his coaching career, being named as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Tino currently serves as the hitting coach for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Tino has been married to the former Marie Prado since 1991. They have three children: Olivia, Tino, Jr. (TJ), and Victoria. The family currently resides in West Tampa.