Ex-Yankee Martinez joins 'Baseball Tonight' crew

Updated: February 21, 2006, 8:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BRISTOL, Conn. -- His playing career apparently over, Tino Martinez is joining ESPN as an analyst on "Baseball Tonight."

Tino Martinez
Martinez

Martinez spent last season with the New York Yankees before becoming a free agent. He said in November that he had been contacted by several teams, but none that he was interested in playing for.

The two-time All-Star first baseman hit 339 homers in 16 major-league seasons with Seattle, the Yankees, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, winning World Series titles with the Yankees in 1996 and from 1998-2000.

ESPN also said Tuesday that former major-leaguer Orestes Destrade will be a "Baseball Tonight" analyst and will also serve in that role during game broadcasts of the World Baseball Classic next month.


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