Nationals officially name Dave Martinez their new manager

Randolph Lopez
October 31, 2017

Jon Heyman first reported that Martinez, 53, will be announced as the new manager after the World Series.

Martinez will be announced as Washington's new manager after the World Series.

Yahoo reports Martinez beat out former Boston Red Sox manager Jim Farrell and New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long for the job.

"I am excited to bring Dave into our family", Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo said. Martinez will be the Nationals' second rookie manager in five seasons; Matt Williams won the National League Manager of the Year Award and took the Nationals to the playoffs in 2014 but things fell apart in his second season and he was sacked after missing the playoffs in 2015.

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After the 2015 season, Williams was replaced by Dusty Baker, who won 192 games in two seasons and led the club to two straight National League East pennants. 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.

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. After Williams was sacked, the Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations broke down and the job went to Baker instead.

Martinez, Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008, interviewed recently in Washington. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends. This is new for the Nats; since relocating to D.C., the team has only signed managers for two years at a time.

Martinez has been a candidate for the Nationals before, interviewing with the team in 2014 before the job ultimately went to then rookie manager Matt Williams.

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