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Cubs Bench Coach Named New Manager of Nationals

Cubs Bench Coach Named New Manager of Nationals

A search obviously starred immediately, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is the choice to be the Nationals next manager.

Martinez becomes the seventh full-time manager for the Nats since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season.

Multiple media outlets are reporting the Washington Nationals have chosen a new manager.

Two division titles, but two early postseason exits, led to Dusty Baker not being retained as Washington Nationals manager. As a first-time manager, Martinez is also about as opposite of Baker as it gets. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez with the Rays, tweeted his congratulations.

According to reports, Martinez's deal will be for three years, with a club option for a fourth year, and will be announced following the conclusion of the World Series.

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No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). The two were together with the Cubs for the past three seasons, including that team's 2016 World Series championship.

Baker was let go a little more than a week ago. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job.

Martinez has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay (2008-14) for a decade but has never been a manager.

Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB's wish that teams avoid major announcements during baseball's showcase.


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