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Dave Martinez Is Your New Manager Of The Washington Nationals

And there we go. Dave(y) Martinez is your newest, latest, and greatest manager of your Washington Nationals. He joins the squad from the Cubs, where he has been Joe Maddon’s bench coach since 2008. More:

FanRag - Martinez will be announced as Washington’s new manager after the World Series. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB’s wish that teams avoid major announcements during baseball’s showcase.

Martinez, Joe Maddon’s bench coach since 2008, interviewed recently in Washington. Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed.

The Washington Post noted that Martinez had a full-day interview while Farrell’s confab with the team was much briefer.

Martinez had a 16-year career as a player from 1986-2001 for the Expos, Cubs, Rays, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds and Blue Jays as an outfielder and first baseman. He began his coaching career in 2008 with the Rays, then followed manager Joe Maddon from Tampa to the Cubs in 2015, where he and Maddon won a World Series together last season.

Martinez was also a finalist 2 Nationals managers ago, when they went with Matt Williams instead. But this time he was the choice, and a good one at that. I will have to get used to saying Davey instead of Dave, I like it. Davey Boy is a sweet nickname for people named Dave, like Davey Boy Smith aka the British Bulldog.

However, I’m a little woke– what if this is an inside job to get Bryce to Chicago? What if he’s a mole for Theo and Hoyer and Maddon? Imagine every time Bryce walks into Dave’s office, he’s talking whimsically about how lovely Chicago is, with a big mural of the beach painted on the wall. Davey, classic spy name.

Anyway, as I said, all the things I’ve read about him are positive and if he knows how to take a starter out of a game before 140 pitches, I like him a lot already.