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30 October 2017, 01:41 | Ken Black
Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet
As Joe Maddon's bench coach for the last decade with both the Rays and the Cubs, Martinez has always been regarded a future manager around the sport. Martinez has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008 with the Rays and the Cubs and has interviewed for multiple manager jobs the past few years.
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Martinez becomes the seventh full-time manager for the Nats since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season.
David Ross didn't exactly ride off into the sunset once Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward picked him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the field after last year's World Series Game 7 in Cleveland.
As the rookie manager takes over in Washington, his three-year deal reflects a commitment new to the Nationals.
The Nationals received permission to discuss the job with Martinez on Monday and he interviewed in Washington on Thursday, according to the Post.
In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. The Cubs have hired Jim Hickey, who worked with Maddon in Tampa, as their new pitching coach, while hitting coach Chili Davis and third-base coach Brian Butterfield came over from the Boston Red Sox.
That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate. When Maddon became the Chicago 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.
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