Nationals set to make Dave Martinez next manager

Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have chosen Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be their new manager. As a first-time manager, Martinez is also about as opposite of Baker as it gets. Martinez was a coach on the Rays' staff that went to the 2008 World Series, as well as the Cubs' 2016 World Championship team.

His new contract is for three years with an option for a fourth year. 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.

Davey Martinez will take Dusty Baker's spot for the Nationals. He also coached for the Rays from 2008-2014 after playing in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 2001.

"I am excited to bring Dave into our family", added GM Mike Rizzo.

Martinez experienced a decade-long education under Maddon, who is considered one of baseball's most forward-thinking managers with a willingness to buck baseball tradition when needed.

Martinez's departure from Chicago continues a trend that has seen the Cubs almost turn over the team's entire coaching staff since being ousted in the division championship by the Dodgers.

On Monday, the Nationals officially named Baker's replacement. Baker was let go despite posting seasons of 95 and 97 wins but failing to advance past the NL Division Series.

That hard-nosed policy came back to haunt the Nationals two years ago when they initially selected Bud Black as their manager but saw negotiations break down and the veteran skipper walk away. He has been lauded as a managerial candidate in recent years, but was passed over for openings on the Rays, Cubs, Astros, White Sox, Blue Jays, Indians and, during an earlier vacancy, the Nationals.

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