Cubs coach will be next Nationals manager

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

He has been working as the bench coach for skipper Joe Maddon with the Chicago Cubs and, before that, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Nationals also reached out to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who was already closing in on a deal to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time.

The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons.

It will be interesting to see Martinez go head-to-head against Joe Maddon on the field next season.

Ross is only 40 years old and can pretty much write his own job description, whether it's eventually taking the leap as a big-league manager, focusing on broadcasting or pursuing more crossover opportunities in the sports/entertainment worlds.

In a conference call earlier in October, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo called Baker "a Hall of Fame-type manager", but said that the expectations of the team had grown along with their success.

The two sides are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, a person familiar with the situation told the Washington Post.

Martinez experienced a decade-long education under Maddon, who is considered a forward-thinking type with a willingness to buck baseball tradition when needed. 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. A former outfielder who played for nine different teams during his 16 years in the majors, he spent three and a half seasons with the Expos. Martinez's 431 games played for the Expos are his most for any franchise.

The Nationals then offered the job to Dusty Baker.

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