Nationals, Dave Martinez agree to managerial deal

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30 October, 2017

After letting Dusty Baker walk after back-to-back division titles, the Nationals have chosen Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to be their next manager, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago.

New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell were also candidates for the Nationals' 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 will be the Nationals' second rookie manager in five seasons, as Matt Williams won the National League Manager of the Year Award and took the Nationals to the playoffs in 2014.

Baker was let go a little more than a week ago.

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David Ross didn't exactly ride off into the sunset once Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward picked him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the field after last year's World Series Game 7 in Cleveland.

In 2015, it was reported that the Nationals were set to offer to the managerial job to former Padres manager Bud Black after the World Series, but that deal fell apart when the two sides could not agree on a salary.

The announcement will be official after the World Series because baseball doesn't like to announce things during the October Classic.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. But after some early reports a deal was not yet done, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was first to report a three-year deal for Martinez.

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