Joe Maddon’s Right-Hand Man Will Take Over A Nationals Team That Is A World Series Contender
For the past decade, Dave Martinez has served as a coach under Joe Maddon both with the Tampa Bay Rays and most recently winning a World Series in Chicago with the Cubs. Now, the 53-year-old will likely face Maddon for years to come now that he is the new manager of the powerful Washington Nationals who has won the National League East four out of the last six years and lost in five games this year to the Cubs in the NLDS.
“I am excited to bring Dave into our family,” Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo said. “As we went through this process it became clear the type of manager we were looking for — someone who is progressive, someone who can connect with and communicate well with our players, and someone who embraces the analytical side of the game. We came away from the process feeling like there was absolutely no one better suited — who matched up to what this organization needs right now — than Dave.”
Washington’s ownership was pleased with the hiring.
“We are delighted to bring Dave aboard and excited about what he will bring to our clubhouse and our dugout,” Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner said in a statement. “We have been very clear about our goals as an organization and we feel confident we’ve found the right man to help us reach them.”
Martinez, who will be a first-time manager has been given a three-year deal with a club option for a fourth year. He will replace Dusty Baker who won back-to-back NL East titles and has averaged 96 wins over the past two years. His job soon, period. clear and that is to get Washington to a World Series
Since the firing of Baker last week, the Nationals targeted Martinez as their number one choice to take over one of the best teams in baseball. The Nationals, met with Martinez last Thursday, having dinner with the owners of the team. Then on Friday, the Nationals also interviewed former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, they were also granted permission to speak with New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, but the team never announced that they interviewed him.
There was an attempt by the Nationals to speak with former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. According to the Washington Post, the two sides never met or scheduled an interview.
At least at this point, it doesn’t seem that Girardi wants to jump back into managing. He is being paid for 2018 by the Yankees, so he can take the time to sit out a year and so the Nationals wanted to move on.
Martinez is fluent in Spanish, he also understands the all-important advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have spoken highly of him. Martinez is the third Latino manager in baseball, joining Rick Renteria and Joey Cora. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts is the only African American manager remaining.