Sources said Martinez was poised to resign as early as Friday, when he and Redmond were summoned to a closed-door meeting with front office executives to discuss the issue. Loria refused to accept the resignation when Martinez offered it Friday, and the coach remained in uniform the rest of the weekend.
Martinez said Loria thought there were other options.
Meanwhile, the Major League Baseball Players Association was notified of the alleged incident with Dietrich along with others involving Martinez and the union then contacted the Commissioners Office, which was demanding action from the Marlins.
Its been building for a few days, Martinez said. I thought I made some mistakes along the way, but I didnt know this was going to come out publicly at all. So when this came out [during Sundays game], I thought [resigning] was the right thing to do.
Redmond said Martinezs lack of coaching experience could have been a factor.
I know going from a player to a coach, its hard, Redmond said. Part of the grind is learning how to deal with different situations with different players, different personalities all that stuff is a challenge. Some people can do it. Some people cant.
The Marlins werent the only team interested in hiring Martinez to be their hitting coach. The Boston Red Sox were also in the running for him.
The Marlins are the lowest-scoring team in the majors this season.
Injuries and a lack of experience in the lineup have been singled out as the two biggest reasons for the teams lack of offense. But one player said that the rift between hitters and Martinez has also had an effect.
I think its definitely had an effect, the player said.
Said Martinez: Right now Im disappointed in myself for this being public. Im embarrassed. Obviously I made a mistake, and I apologized for that to the Marlins organization, my family, and everyone involved.
The Marlins named minor-league hitting coordinator John Pierson as interim hitting coach.