It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the Chicago Cubs hired Joe Maddon as its manager a few short weeks ago. I know we’ve all been waiting patiently for this big announcement, but it was definitely worth the wait. Joe Maddon and the Cubs officially hired Dave Martinez as the Cubs new bench coach. What? Were you expecting to hear something else?
Martinez served as Maddon’s bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays since 2008. Martinez bumped current bench coach Brandon Hyde over to a new role as Cubs first base coach. Martinez was under contract with the Rays for 1 more season, but he chose to resign when the Rays passed him over for the Rays managerial position after Maddon left. It’s unclear if the Cubs received permission from the Rays to speak with Martinez or if any compensation will go the Rays’s way with the hiring. Seeing as the Rays passed him over and it is not a guarantee that the new Rays’ manager would keep Martinez as his bench coach, it only seems fair that the Rays would let Martinez talk to anyone about a new job, even the hated Cubs.
The Cubs drafted Martinez in the 3rd round of the 1983 draft. Martinez had a 16-year major league career and is familiar with the rigors of playing at Wrigley Field.
Good news, right?
Oh yeah, still no word on that other guy being bantered about all over the internet this week. Although now it seems like 2 more teams are officially in the mix for Jon Lester’s services — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.