Dave Martinez, Washington Nationals
Despite the fact that he led the Washington Nationals to two straight NLDS appearances, the team decided it was time to part ways with manager Dusty Baker. After interviewing a bunch of candidates after the season, the team felt that Dave Martinez was the right man for the job moving forward.
Martinez was a member of Joe Maddon’s staff in Chicago, where the team won their first World Series title in 108 years. He brings a championship attitude to an organization that has fallen well short of expectations in recent seasons.
Every year, it seems like the Nationals go into the season as a favorite to represent the National Legaue in the Fall Classic, and every year they fall short. They do have one of the best players in baseball in Bryce Harper, and their tandem at the top of the rotation is the best in the National League.
Steven Strasburg and Max Scherzer are two bonafide aces, and they lead a rotation that is deep from one-to-five. Martinez inked a three-year deal to lead this team into their next era, and while he is locked up til 2020, the team also has an option for 2021.
Washington is going to win a ton of games this season, and Martinez should find himself managing in the playoffs in his first season as a manager. Can he finally get this franchise over the hump? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, he enters the season with a very cold seat.