Nationals have three-year deal with Dave Martinez

31 October, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Dave Martinez will be announced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals after the World Series, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. When Maddon became the Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years. So three years plus an option for a fourth year with Martinez feels like a significant shift in philosophy, when more established managers Davey Johnson and Baker were not afforded that kind of investment. This is the first major league managerial assignment of Martinez's career.

The team fired manager Dusty Baker recently after the team failed to make it out of the National League Division Series for the second season in a row.

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. Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed.

"I am excited to bring Dave into our family", Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said in making the announcement in a statement.

Martinez experienced a decade-long education under Maddon, who is considered one of baseball's most forward-thinking managers with a willingness to buck baseball tradition when needed.

Martinez will work with the team to build a new coaching staff, per the team.

On Monday, the Nationals officially named Baker's replacement. He has been lauded as a managerial candidate in recent years, but was passed over for openings on the Rays, Cubs, Astros, White Sox, Blue Jays, Indians and, during an earlier vacancy, the Nationals. 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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