The Nationals have reached an agreement to name Dave Martinez as their new manager, offering the first-time manager a three-year deal with an option for a fourth. This is an interesting move from the Nat’s who haven’t always shown the same level of commitment to their new hires.
Former manager Dusty Baker was only offered a two-year deal despite a career full of accomplishments. As a player, Baker was a two-time All-Star (81′-82), Gold Glove winner (81′), NLCS MVP (77′), and won a World Series with the LA Dodgers (81). As a manager, he won the NL Manager of the Year award three times with the San Francisco Giants (93′, 97′, 00′).
Martinez has been in baseball for more than three decades. Originally drafted by the Cubs in 86′, Martinez bounced around nine different ball clubs, including two stints with the Chicago Cubs where he was the bench coach during their 2016 World Series run.
He spent the last nine years working with Joe Madden, first in Tampa Bay (08′-14) and then moving with the eccentric manager to Chicago in 2015.
The expectations will be high for the new leader of a star-studded Nationals team that has yet to win a playoff series.