Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have finalized a three-year contract with Dave Martinez to become their new manager. When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago.
Ross is only 40 years old and can pretty much write his own job description, whether it's eventually taking the leap as a big-league manager, focusing on broadcasting or pursuing more crossover opportunities in the sports/entertainment worlds. As a first-time manager, Martinez is also about as opposite of Baker as it gets. 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.
No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). Martinez has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay for a decade, but has never managed before.More news: Teal pumpkins to make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies
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Davey Martinez will take Dusty Baker's spot for the Nationals.
Jon Heyman first reported that Martinez, 53, will be announced as the new manager after the World Series. The two were together with the Cubs for the past three seasons, including that team's 2016 World Series championship. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job.
Martinez had a.276 career batting average, 1,599 hits, 91 home runs, 795 runs scored, and 580 runs batted in during his 16-year major league career with the Expos, Rays, Cubs, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds, and Blue Jays.