Nats hire Martinez as manager

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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.

It will be interesting to see Martinez go head-to-head against Joe Maddon on the field 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 also reached out to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who was already closing in on a deal to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time.




Martinez will be announced as Washington's new manager after the World Series. Martinez, who has served as Maddon's bench coach in both Tampa Bay and Chicago, will take over from Dusty Baker, who was sacked following the team's first round exit from the postseason. Martinez was mainly an outfielder. But after some early reports a deal was not yet done, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was first to report a three-year deal for Martinez.

Martinez gives the Nationals a different look - a fresher face than Baker or Davey Johnson, but a more relaxed leader than Williams.

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. The Rays won the American League pennant in 2008, and he was a part of the Cubs' curse-smashing World Series victory a year ago. The Red Sox and Mets each hired first-time managers and gave each of them three guaranteed years, establishing a baseline for negotiations with Martinez.

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