Alright, that didn’t take long. Nobody was going to look like an obvious upgrade over Dusty Baker, but who knows, if anyone could defy the odds, I like Dave Martinez’s chance.
Here’s the news from Nats Park.
Dave Martinez to join Nationals as manager
Jon Heyman had it first, so we'll put him first.
Nats agree to three-year deal with Dave Martinez for manager
Martinez has followed Joe Maddon from Tampa Bay to Chicago, and has tasted the NLCS and the World Series, as well as a parade. He's younger than Dusty Baker or Davey Johnson, more relaxed than Matt Williams, and more well-versed in analytics than the three combined. And, he's here for three years, and potentially a fourth.
Source: Nats have three-year deal with Dave Martinez
The standard story! But from MASN! HECK YEAH!
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