New Nats manager played for QC in the ’80s

The new Washington Nationals manager is Dave Martinez, a former major-league outfielder who played in the Midwest League as a minor-leaguer.

This is the first managerial job for Martinez, who spent the past 10 seasons as Joe Maddon’s bench coach for the Chicago Cubs (2015-17) and the Tampa Bay Rays (2008-14). His contract is for three years, with an option for the 2021 season.

Martinez played with the Quad City Cubs in parts of two seasons. He batted .244 with 10 RBI and 10 SB in 44 games with the 1983 team, and batted .220 with 5 RBI and 3 SB in 12 games with the 1984 team.

He made his MLB debut for the Cubs in 1986, and played for them until being traded to Montreal Expos in July 1988. The transaction was a one-for-one swap, with the Cubs receiving outfielder Mitch Webster. The Expos became the Nationals after moving from Montreal to Washington before the 2005 season, so in a way, history is repeating itself as Martinez goes from the Cubs to the Nationals/Expos franchise this week.

Incidentally, Webster is also a former Midwest Leaguer. He played for the Clinton Dodgers in two seasons. He batted .242 with 9 RBI and 8 SB in 45 games with the 1978 team, and batted .326 with 2 HR, 40 RBI and 54 SB in 123 games with the 1979 team. He went on to play in parts of 13 seasons in the major leagues.

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