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30 October 2017, 01:55 | Stacy Ballard
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The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons. He worked for the Rays as an instructor for a couple years before coming on as the team's bench coach after the 2007 season, working under Joe Maddon. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time. A year later, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series title for the team's first championship in 108 years.
An apprenticeship under Joe Maddon is a legitimate strength on a managerial resumé, and there's no particular reason this won't work.
Davey Martinez will take Dusty Baker's spot for the Nationals. That's not a small thing, after the move to hire Bud Black fell apart during negotiations a couple years ago and led to Baker's hiring.
He has been interviewed by multiple organizations for their managerial positions since 2010, including when he was considered a finalist to replace Davey Johnson with the Nationals in 2013.
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The Nationals have yet to win a playoff series since the franchise relocated from Montreal in 2005.
But the Nationals did not struggle to negotiate with their manager this time, committing three years (and perhaps a fourth) to Martinez in a marked departure from their normal handling of managers. After getting so little time off this year, Ross is said to be waiting until after the World Series is over before even considering anything else for next season.
Having interviewed for numerous mangerial openings in years past, it seems Martinez has finally landed his first gig as a major-league skipper.
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