Heyman | Dave Martinez is choice for Nationals manager

ATLANTA, GA Ð JULY 18: Chicago bench coach Dave Martinez looks on from the dugout during a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves on July 18, 2017 at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, GA. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5 Ð 1. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire)

Davey Martinez is the Washington Nationals choice to be their next manager, sources tell FanRag Sports.

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.

While the Nationals did interview other candidates, and had permission to interview others — including Mets hitting coach Kevin Long — it was clear the team wanted to move quickly in hiring Dusty Baker’s replacement. Baker, of course, was not retained after the Nationals were once again bounced from the postseason in the NLDS.

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