MIAMI -- Tino Martinez, a Yankees special assistant and YES Network broadcaster, left the organization Thursday for the Marlins, who hired the former first baseman as their hitting coach.

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General manager Brian Cashman granted Martinez permission to interview with the Marlins and Red Sox, who also are in the market for a hitting coach.

"He was a tremendous player, obviously he knows hitting," Cashman said, speaking generally of Martinez because the Marlins had not yet made the hiring official. "He's got a tremendous amount to offer. He's a good man. He's a world championship player."