Nationals Hire Cubs Bench Coach Dave Martinez To Replace Dusty Baker

Nationals Hire Cubs Bench Coach Dave Martinez To Replace Dusty Baker

FanRag Sports first reported the news.?

Martinez has agreed to a three-year deal with an option, the source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Washington Post.

It will be interesting to see Martinez go head-to-head against Joe Maddon on the field next season.

The Nationals record of postseason underachievement has been mostly about the players, due in equal parts to health and general struggles on the biggest stage. Martinez ranks among the top 20 in franchise history in several categories, including his 22 triples (tied for 15th), his 68 stolen bases (18th) and his 70.83 stolen base percentage (17th).

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.

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The announcement will be official after the World Series because baseball doesn't like to announce things during the October Classic.

Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years. After getting so little time off this year, Ross is said to be waiting until after the World Series is over before even considering anything else for next season.

After falling in five games to the Cubs in the NL Division Series, Washington opted to fire Dusty Baker after two seasons and 192 victories.

The Nationals have an agreement in place with Dave Martinez to become the club's seventh manager, and despite his lack of experience they'll be giving him more job security than any of their previous six skippers. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez with the Rays, tweeted his congratulations.

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