Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Washington Nationals name Dave Martinez as new manager

Dave Martinez Dave Martinez , Icon Sportswire Icon Sportswire Getty Images
Lillian Steele | 31 October, 2017, 00:57

As Joe Maddon's bench coach for the last decade with both the Rays and the Cubs, Martinez has always been regarded a future manager around the sport.

Martinez, 53, has served as Joe Maddon's bench since their days with Tampa Bay, when the duo also formed a manager-bench coach duo for the Rays.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time.

Martinez played 16 seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, Expos, White Sox, Devil Rays Giants, Reds, Rangers and Braves, with a.276/.341/.389 batting line.

Though he also has no big-league managerial experience, Martinez becomes the first Nationals manager to be awarded a contract with more than two years guaranteed since new management took over the franchise in 2016.

Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years. While the team made it to the postseason both years with Baker as manager, it never moved beyond the first round of the playoffs.

Martinez, Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008, interviewed recently in Washington.

When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago.

Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker since the Nationals parted ways with the veteran manager last week.

Martinez's departure from Chicago continues a trend that has seen the Cubs almost turn over the team's entire coaching staff since being ousted in the division championship by the Dodgers. This is new for the Nats; since relocating to D.C., the team has only signed managers for two years at a time.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the Washington Nationals have chosen a new manager. After Williams was sacked, the Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations broke down and the job went to Baker instead.

Recommended

  • Tony Podesta Departs From Lobbying Firm Amid Mueller Probe

    Tony Podesta Departs From Lobbying Firm Amid Mueller Probe

    In the indictment unsealed this morning, Manafort has been charged with violating FARA after failing to register as a foreign agent.

    World oil prices down

    When asked if the U.S.is prepared for any fallout that occurs as a result of Venezuela defaulting, U.S. US crude futures rose $1.26, or 2.39%, to $53.90 a barrel - an eight-month high.
    Actress who accused Weinstein of rape condemns abusers

    Actress who accused Weinstein of rape condemns abusers

    We are a planet of women, and you will hear us roar. It is the mirror you are given to look into. It's the messaging system for your mind.
  • First Charges Reportedly Approved in Russia Probe; Details Still Unclear

    First Charges Reportedly Approved in Russia Probe; Details Still Unclear

    Team Mueller is also scrutinizing whether Trump - who admitted to firing Comey over the Russian affair - obstructed justice. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said.
    Emma Released By WWE

    Emma Released By WWE

    There hasn't been much word on what led to her release, Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin reported . She debuted an evil version of her personality and returned back to the flagship show in 2016.
    Khloe Kardashian's baby bump finally photographed

    Khloe Kardashian's baby bump finally photographed

    Even though she did not expose any skin, as she was wearing a black button-up and a furry coat, her bump was still visible. The Keeping Up With The Kardashian's starlet added a pair of towering black booties to her 5ft10 frame.
  • Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

    Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

    USA social media giant Facebook will roll out new measures to increase transparency of political advertisements on its platform. C-SPAN will be busy Tuesday (Oct. 31) covering a trio of Hill hearings featuring executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google .
    Pedrosa on pole in Malaysia MotoGP as Marquez crashes

    Pedrosa on pole in Malaysia MotoGP as Marquez crashes

    But it wasn't a runaway qualifying session; Pedrosa finished a mere 0.017 of a second ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech3's Johann Zarco, and 0.024 of a second ahead of Dovizioso.
    Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

    Winx wins third straight Cox Plate but Humidor provides mighty scare

    There were obviously moments of concern down the straight, but she's Winx and she finds a way to win like all champions do. But despite Winx's incredible performance, one record she has yet to beat is the fastest time on the 2040m sprint.
  • Infamous developers reveal their new game, Ghost of Tsushima, and a trailer

    Infamous developers reveal their new game, Ghost of Tsushima, and a trailer

    The thought of an open-world action adventure with Samurai characters and action makes for a pretty exciting prospect. However, we fully expect that Sucker Punch will have more information available on this game in the coming months.
    Hadiya case: Women's commission seeks report from Kottayam SP

    Hadiya case: Women's commission seeks report from Kottayam SP

    In a video released by activist Rahul Eashwar in August this year, Hadiya can be heard saying, "Get me out of here". The case is under consideration of the Supreme Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.
    Eric Bolling's Son's Official Cause of Death Revealed

    Eric Bolling's Son's Official Cause of Death Revealed

    On the day of his son's death, Bolling tweeted: "Authorities have informed us there is no sign of self harm at this point". The report stated he had a "history of drug abuse and white powdery substance discovered at the scene".

YouTube TV finally gets a home on big screens YouTube TV finally gets a home on big screens If you used the YouTube TV app on your smartphone, you know it features the same three main tabs: Home, Live and Library. It also has a new "live guide" feature that lets you browse live TV without pausing whatever you're now watching.

'I'm just like you': Rose McGowan gives rousing speech at Women's Convention 'I'm just like you': Rose McGowan gives rousing speech at Women's Convention McGowan also called out Hollywood , the "mirror you're given to look into", for overwhelmingly employing men as directors. In the face of unspeakable actions, from one monster we look away to another. "And they are the same, and they must die".

Selena Gomez Gets Emotional Talking About Her Kidney Transplant On Today Selena Gomez Gets Emotional Talking About Her Kidney Transplant On Today Montgomery said is a "great advantage" because "live donor transplants last twice as long, on average, as deceased donor kidneys". In the first preview the Today show aired, Selena was crying while talking about her life-saving kidney transplant .

Kathy Griffin Slams Andy Cohen and Harvey Levin Kathy Griffin Slams Andy Cohen and Harvey Levin She also claims he was a "miserable boss" to work for, while she was making hit Bravo show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List . Griffin and Cooper had a major falling out after 17 years of friendship following her controversial Trump photo shoot.

Australian Govt loses majority after court ruling Australian Govt loses majority after court ruling Asked whether he should have stepped down, Mr Joyce said he had strong advice that he would not be ruled ineligible. Acting Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek says some decisions are likely to have left people feeling aggrieved.

New Leicester boss Puel names Plancque as No2 New Leicester boss Puel names Plancque as No2 Leicester's victory handed Claude Puel a winning start to his tenure as manager following his appointment on Wednesday. The boys know if we score the first goal we can be flying from there.

Miller: Record-breaking innings 'pretty special' Miller: Record-breaking innings 'pretty special' He also became the fifth Protea batsman to reach 1000 T20I runs after De Villiers, JP Duminy, Amla and Faf du Plessis. He started his innings slowly, playing a ideal foil to Hashim Amla , who was closing in on a hundred.

UN Nuclear Chief To Visit Iran UN Nuclear Chief To Visit Iran Iranian officials and the visiting Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) Yukiya Amano on Sunday called for commitment of all the parties to Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal.

Bears vs. Saints NFL Predictions Against the Spread 10/29/17 Bears vs. Saints NFL Predictions Against the Spread 10/29/17 Offensively, the Saints are averaging 28.5 points and 391.0 total yards (269.3 in passing and 121.7 in rushing) per game. Although the Bears have said he could return, his hand is in a cast and he's on the sideline.

OKC Thunder plane damaged in mid-air; Delta says bird likely responsible OKC Thunder plane damaged in mid-air; Delta says bird likely responsible On Sunday, Delta confirmed the damage and that all players and team staff were safe. "Safety is Delta's top priority". The team's charter flight to Chicago apparently encountered a bird during descent that crushed the nose of the plane.

Man wanted for murder, rape of 13-month-old in custody Man wanted for murder, rape of 13-month-old in custody The suspect had maps of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and was in control of a blade when he was captured, specialists said Friday. Little Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Blankenship-Sutley was found unresponsive at an apartment in Conneaut , Ohio , on October 7.

Twitter will ban two Russian government-linked media outlets from advertising Twitter will ban two Russian government-linked media outlets from advertising The RT and Twitter teams held a number of direct negotiations, during which we brainstormed potential media strategy ahead of American elections in 2016.

England crowned Under-17 World Cup champions with victory over Spain England crowned Under-17 World Cup champions with victory over Spain When I came for the draw in July, I saw massive passion and excitement for the World Cup. The way they turned around the game after halftime deserves special mention and praise.

Trump and US House tax lawmaker reopen door to 401(k) changes Trump and US House tax lawmaker reopen door to 401(k) changes Brady said he and Trump had discussed 401 (k) s twice in recent days, which would be after Trump's tweet on the subject. The Trump administration tax framework calls for consolidating the current system of seven brackets into three.

Locked in beer cooler, Wisconsin man gets busy Locked in beer cooler, Wisconsin man gets busy However, Van Ert became trapped in the store's walk-in cooler at midnight, when its lock automatically engaged. According to the police report, Van Ert drank an 18-oz. bottle of Icehouse beer and three cans of Four Loko .