Washington Nationals name Dave Martinez as new manager
Washington Nationals name Dave Martinez as new manager
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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.
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