Martinez hoping to relive the pinstripe magic

Tino Martinez is back with the Yankees for a second go-round in hopes of winning another title.

Originally Published: March 24, 2005
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

Tino Martinez still recalls the tug of war that consumed most of his winter, deciding whether to whip his hitting muscles into shape for one more season or else embark on a Plan B. The Marlins were calling, so were the Mets, everyone assuming baseball was still in Martinez's genes.

It was a safe leap of logic, since the first baseman had finished the 2004 season in Tampa Bay with 23 home runs, making it 322 for his career, to go along with a .272 average. But Martinez nevertheless inched ...

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