Don't Fit Him for a Coach's Uniform Just Yet...
Tino Martinez appears headed for ESPN:
Tino Martinez is ready to stop playing baseball and start talking about it. Martinez, 38, is expected to soon join ESPN as an in-studio analyst, apparently ending a 16-season major-league career that included four World Series rings with the Yankees and a 2004 season with his hometown Devil Rays. The deal is not final, but ESPN senior publicist Nate Smeltz confirmed Thursday: "We're in discussions with Tino." Martinez went back last year to the Yankees, but they declined his 2006 option and he had only limited interest in playing elsewhere. If done, he'll finish with a .271 average, 339 homers and 1,271 RBIs.
My guess? This is probably just so that they have someone who will go ballistic when Gammons and Ravitch and the rest of the ESPNESN Sox lovers start bashing on the boys from the Bronx.
posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 4:25 PM