Davey Martinez can be introduced as the brand new supervisor of the Washington Nationals after the World Collection, a supply informed ESPN, confirming a number of stories.
FanRag Sports activities first reported the information.
Martinez has agreed to a three-year cope with an possibility, the supply informed ESPN, confirming a report by The Washington Publish. The worth of the pact, which incorporates an possibility for a fourth 12 months, has not been disclosed.
Martinez turns into the seventh full-time supervisor for the Nats since they moved from Montreal earlier than the 2005 season. A former outfielder who performed for 9 totally different groups throughout his 16 years within the majors, he spent three and a half seasons with the Expos. Martinez’s 431 video games performed for the Expos are his most for any franchise. Martinez ranks among the many prime 20 in franchise historical past in a number of clbades, together with his 22 triples (tied for 15th), his 68 stolen bases (18th) and his 70.83 stolen-base share (17th).
Martinez, 53, served because the bench coach underneath supervisor Joe Maddon for the previous decade, beginning with Tampa Bay from 2008 via 2014. When Maddon turned the Chicago Cubs’ skipper earlier than the 2015 season, Martinez adopted him there, the place collectively the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Collection title, the staff’s first championship in 108 years.
Martinez has been a candidate for a number of managerial openings lately. After the 2014 season, he interviewed to be Washington’s skipper, however the job finally went to first-time supervisor Matt Williams.
After the 2015 season, Williams was changed by Dusty Baker, who received 192 video games in two seasons and led the membership to 2 straight Nationwide League East pennants. However the Nats have been eradicated within the first spherical of the playoffs each instances underneath Baker. Earlier in October, eight days after Washington misplaced 9-Eight to the Cubs in Recreation 5 of the NLDS, the staff introduced that Baker wouldn’t be returning subsequent season.
Regardless of having no earlier managerial expertise, Martinez turns into the primary Nationals supervisor to be awarded a contract with greater than two years badured for the reason that Lerner household took over possession of the staff in 2016.
Not one of the coaches who served underneath Baker have been retained by the staff, and no new teaching hires have been introduced but.
Martinez’s departure continues an overhaul of the Cubs’ teaching employees. Pitching coach Chris Bosio, hitting coach John Mallee and third-base coach Gary Jones have been fired. The Cubs have employed Jim Hickey, who labored with Maddon in Tampa, as their new pitching coach, whereas hitting coach Chili Davis and third-base coach Brian Butterfield came visiting from the Boston Pink Sox.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and ESPN Stats & Data contributed to this report.