Jon Heyman first reported that Martinez, 53, will be announced as the new manager after the World Series. 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 interviewed former Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell on Friday, though briefly, and while Washington was also granted permission to speak with New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, it remains unclear whether they did so or not.
The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons.
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Having interviewed for numerous mangerial openings in years past, it seems Martinez has finally landed his first gig as a major-league skipper.
In the Nationals, Martinez will inherit a team with a stellar bullpen, MVP-caliber player Bryce Harper and a strong lineup, but it remains an organization unable to break through the NLDS. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time. Before that, Martinez worked for Maddon with the Rays. Since the Lerner family purchsed the club in 2006, no manager had been guaranteed more than two years, not even established and successful skippers like Baker and Davey Johnson.
The Nationals then offered the job to Dusty Baker. After getting so little time off this year, Ross is said to be waiting until after the World Series is over before even considering anything else for next season.