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Nationals set to make Dave Martinez next manager

Nationals set to make Dave Martinez next manager

When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form.

According to Heyman, the Nationals also interviewed Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell, with the latter reportedly being unable to handle pitcher David Price in the Boston clubhouse.

Martinez replaces Dusty Baker as Washington's manager.

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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. The two were together with the Cubs for the past three seasons, including that team's 2016 World Series championship.

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. He is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have spoken highly of him. The Lerner Family earned a reputation for putting little value on managers, a reputation born out in their unwillingness to provide extensions to veterans like Baker (or, famously, Jim Riggleman), and in their initial offers to candidates over the years.

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

Martinez played for nine major-league franchises over 16 years, including two seasons with the Giants (1993-94) and four with the Montreal Expos, the team that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals.

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