WASHINGTON — Dave Martinez is not content material with simply becoming a member of the membership.
“This is half a dream come true,” Martinez stated Thursday of turning into a serious league supervisor throughout a information convention to formally welcome him because the Washington Nationals’ new skipper.
Becoming a supervisor fulfilled half his dream. Winning a World Series would full it.
“We’re not here just to win a playoff game. We’re here to win the World Series,” stated Martinez on Thursday, echoing the underlying sentiment that led the Nationals to half methods with Dusty Baker.
Martinez known as the Nats “one of the better teams in the National League” and even went as far as to recommend that he’ll take all of them the best way in his rookie season as supervisor. “I’m looking forward to working with them and being a part of the 2018 championship season.”
The 53-year-old Brooklyn native, whose household is of Puerto Rican descent, joins Rick Renteria of the Chicago White Sox and not too long ago employed Boston Red Sox supervisor Alex Cora because the third lively Latino skipper within the majors.
“It’s gratifying,” Martinez stated when requested in Spanish what it seems like to affix Renteria and Cora. “There’s a lot of good Latin personnel out in baseball, coaching, in the front office, and it’s nice to be recognized. But I really believe I’m here because of my merit, not because of any race or anything like that.”
A former outfielder who performed for 9 completely different groups throughout his 16-year big-league profession, Martinez segued into teaching in 2008, when he turned Joe Maddon’s bench coach with Tampa Bay. That season, the Rays superior to the World Series for the primary time in franchise historical past. When Maddon went to the Chicago Cubs in 2015, Martinez adopted him there as bench coach. Together, the 2 helped the Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years. That success led to Martinez touchdown in Washington.
“This is the man who had a lot to do with developing cultures in very, very badytically-based and winning organizations,” normal supervisor Mike Rizzo stated Thursday. “His resume is impeccable.”
In 2013, when Martinez interviewed to be Davey Johnson’s alternative in Washington, his resume wasn’t robust sufficient, as he misplaced out on the place that ultimately went to Matt Williams. Four years, two NLCS appearances, and one championship later, Martinez was the appropriate man for the job, beating out a pool of candidates that included former Red Sox John Farrell and Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.
“He has four years more of knowledge about being next to the manager,” Rizzo stated of Martinez. “He was much more confident in what he brings to the table, rather than four years ago, a lot of it was about the process of ‘Joe and myself, Joe and myself.’ And this was about how he does things and how he’s going to do it and how he would do it moving forward. He took a greater role when he was with the Cubs. Joe Maddon, who I spoke to many, many times about this, he called him his co-manager.”
Martinez, who on Thursday donned the No. four jersey that he’ll put on in Washington, takes over a staff that has gained back-to-back National League East pennants and is predicted to be a severe World Series contender.
First, the Nats should win a playoff sequence, one thing they’ve didn’t do in every of their 4 playoff appearances since transferring to the nation’s capital. The most up-to-date heartbreak got here final month, when Baker’s staff misplaced in 5 video games to Martinez’s Cubs, together with a wild 9-Eight defeat in Game 5.
It was the second straight season during which Baker’s membership misplaced Game 5 of the NLDS at dwelling. Eight days after that, the Nationals introduced that Baker, who was baseball’s winningest lively skipper on the time, wouldn’t return for the 2018 season.
The whole employees that served underneath Baker was not requested again, and Rizzo stated on Thursday that no selections have been made in regards to the staff’s new coaches.