Nationals to name Martinez manager

Lawrence Cooper
October 30, 2017

A search obviously starred immediately, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is the choice to be the Nationals next manager. Along the way, Martinez interviewed for a few manager openings, including to replace Davey Johnson in Washington, a job that eventually went to the hilariously miscast Matt Williams. Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed. But while the money behind Martinez's deal is not immediately clear, the length of the deal signals recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire got three years each to manage the Red Sox and Tigers, respectively).

Davey Martinez will take Dusty Baker's spot for the Nationals.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006).

The team made the surprising decision not to retain Baker, prompting criticism from many corners of the baseball community, then set about searching for someone who might be able to lift the franchise over its insurmountable October hump.

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David Ross didn't exactly ride off into the sunset once Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward picked him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the field after last year's World Series Game 7 in Cleveland.

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That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate. Martinez has been Maddon's bench coach since 2008.

A Brooklyn, N.Y., native of Puerto Rican descent, Martinez played in high school and college in Florida before he was drafted by the Cubs in 1983.

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