The process was a relatively quick one, but in the end the Washington Nationals found their new manager and announced that Dave Martinez got the gig, his first managerial job at any level. “We came away from the process feeling like there was absolutely no one better suited – who matched up to what this organization needs right now – than Dave,” Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release on the decision. Martinez will be in the nation’s capital on Thursday for an introductory press conference.
Here’s what the baseball world is saying about the Nationals’ new skipper... oh, and also, the Baltimore Orioles are the worst:
Naval Academy Baseball Classic scrapped due to territorial issue between Nationals, Orioles
"The Naval Academy Baseball Classic was slated to be held yearly through 2019, but due to a territorial issue with the Baltimore Orioles, the event will no longer take place..."
Citing embracement of analytics, Nats hire Dave Martinez
"Martinez, who agreed to terms with the Nats on a contract Sunday, was given a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, the club announced."
Nationals hire Dave Martinez as manager
"This will be the first managerial job of Martinez's career, although he comes with decades of experience in baseball."
Washington Nationals announce hiring of Dave Martinez as new manager
"Despite having no previous managerial experience, Martinez becomes the first Nationals manager to be awarded a contract with more than two years guaranteed..."
Dave Martinez hired to manage Nationals
"The new manager will inherit an intact team. Its top four starters are set to return, as are seven of the eight fielders who started Game 5 of the National League Division Series..."
Congrats to a former teammate of mine. https://t.co/E1UZezouv3— Tim Raines (@TimRaines30) October 30, 2017
The Nats Hire Dave Martinez
"Martinez started his coaching career with the Rays, as a spring training instructor, before getting the bench coach job under Joe Maddon in 2007. He’s been Maddon’s bench coach ever since, until today."
‘We’ve found the right man’: Nationals formally name Dave Martinez new manager
"Martinez signed a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year, a notable departure from the Nationals’ previous dealings with managers."
In Dave Martinez, Nationals have a qualified manager . . . who has never managed
"In a vacuum, the Nationals’ decision to hand the 53-year-old Martinez a three-year deal to be their manager makes complete sense. But this decision wasn’t made in a vacuum."
2017 AFL Fall Stars Game rosters unveiled
"Three of the top 10 prospects will be participating, starting with No. 2 overall prospect Victor Robles of the Nationals, the outfielder on the East squad who just joined the AFL after being on Washington's Division Series roster."
Max Scherzer to get AFL HOF spot:
"Washington Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer will be inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame prior to the game at Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday, November 2."
2018 Off-Season potential trade partner: the Washington Nationals
"Even with its managerial vacancy settled, Washington heads into the 2018 season as a club with a bit of an identity crisis."
Nationals' Kelvin Gutierrez hits triple in AFL
"For the Washington Nationals, Kelvin Gutierrez is a name viewed with plenty of potential and excitement."