Nationals to hire Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez as next manager

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A year later, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series title for the team's first championship in 108 years.

Martinez, Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008, interviewed recently in Washington.

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.

Martinez, 53, has been the bench coach for manager Joe Maddon for the past decade. When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago.

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In a conference call earlier in October, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo called Baker "a Hall of Fame-type manager", but said that the expectations of the team had grown along with their success. That's not a small thing, after the move to hire Bud Black fell apart during negotiations a couple years ago and led to Baker's hiring. Washington hired Williams instead.

The Nationals have yet to win a playoff series since the franchise relocated from Montreal in 2005. The Lerner Family earned a reputation for putting little value on managers, a reputation born out in their unwillingness to provide extensions to veterans like Baker (or, famously, Jim Riggleman), and in their initial offers to candidates over the years.

That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate.

Martinez will be announced as Washington's new manager after the World Series. Martinez's deal is reportedly for three years. The Astros and Dodgers - both of whom have young managers similar to Martinez - play Game 5 of the World Series Sunday before an off-day Monday.

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