Results tagged ‘ Dave Martinez ’

11/26 Dave Martinez update

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said they will talk to manager Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez, who announced on Tuesday that he was leaving the Rays after being eliminated from consideration for Tampa’s managerial opening. Martinez, 50, has spent the past seven seasons as Maddon’s bench coach. Hoyer and Theo Epstein are familiar with Martinez, having interviewed him for the Cubs managerial opening prior to the 2014 season. Martinez was a finalist, but Rick Renteria got the job, only to be dismissed Oct. 31 to make room for Maddon. The Cubs recently added Henry Blanco as a quality assurance coach.

Hoyer talked about Martinez during an interview on 87.7 FM The Game Wednesday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/25 Dave Martinez update

Dave Martinez did not make the final cut for the Rays’ vacated manager’s post. Now he has decided not to return in his role as the team’s bench coach. Martinez released the following statement Tuesday:

“I informed the Rays this week that I have chosen to move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization,” Martinez said. “It was a hard decision that I think is best for myself and the Rays. I want to thank our fans for their overwhelming support. It has meant the world to my family and me. For the past nine years, the players and staff have been an extension of my family and the memories that we have all shared and the relationships that have been built will stay with me forever. I can’t thank them enough for all they have meant to me.”

Martinez, 50, has spent the past seven seasons as the Rays bench coach next to Joe Maddon, who was named the Cubs manager on Nov. 3. Martinez had one more year on his contract as the team’s bench coach. He was not one of the final three candidates for the Rays’ managerial opening.

The Cubs do not have an opening on their coaching staff, but with Maddon signing a five-year deal, he most likely would want someone on the staff he is familiar with. The Cubs recently added Henry Blanco to the staff as a quality assurance coach. Brandon Hyde was Rick Renteria’s bench coach this past season.

– Carrie Muskat

11/25 Dave Martinez rumors

Could Dave Martinez join Joe Maddon on the Cubs staff? According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Rays will not stand in Martinez’s way if the Cubs or another team requests to interview him for a coaching job. Martinez is under contract with the Rays through next season. Martinez was a candidate for the Rays managerial opening but was told last Friday that he was not one of the final three candidates.

11/22 Henry Blanco is back

Henry Blanco is back with the Cubs, joining manager Joe Maddon’s staff as a quality assurance coach. It might not be the only change. Blanco, 43, who played for the Cubs from 2005-08, was a coach on the Diamondbacks staff.

In December 2013, Blanco signed a Minor League League deal with the Diamondbacks, but was released on March 31 this year, ending a 16-year career as a player. He then joined Arizona manager Kirk Gibson’s staff as a coach.

Blanco replaces Jose Castro, who took a job on the Braves staff as an assitant hitting coach, and is the first add to Maddon’s staff with the Cubs. There could be more. Dave Martinez, who has been Maddon’s bench coach since 2008 with the Rays, was dropped on Friday from the list of candidates for the Tampa managerial opening. Martinez, 50, also is a former Cubs player — 1986-88 — and may be a valuable addition for Maddon in his switch to the National League.

The Cubs announced the coaching staff in early October, but that was before Maddon was named as manager. Rick Renteria was dismissed Oct. 31, and Maddon named the Cubs skipper three days later after he opted out of his contract with the Rays. Pitching coach Chris Bosio and hitting coach John Mallee were both expected on Maddon’s staff.

– Carrie Muskat

11/21 Could Martinez join Maddon?

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, bench coach Dave Martinez is no longer in the running for the Rays managerial opening. Perhaps Martinez will join Joe Maddon on the Cubs coaching staff? Martinez actually interviewed for the Cubs manager’s job prior to last season. Rick Renteria was named manager, and then dismissed to make room for Maddon, who became available when he opted out of his contract. Martinez was the Cubs’ third-round Draft pick in 1983, and played for the team from 1986-88, and again in 2000.

Topkin reports that Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu are the three finalists for the Rays job.

“The decision on Dave Martinez was especially difficult,” said the Rays’ Matt Silverman.

The Cubs announced their 2015 coaching staff in early October but Renteria was expected to be the manager at that time. When Maddon was hired on Nov. 3, Cubs executives said there could be some changes to the staff.

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Welcome home

It’s been a nice homecoming at Wrigley Field for Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Martinez broke into the big leagues with the Cubs in 1986, and played with the team until July 14, 1988, when he was traded to the Expos for Mitch Webster. He returned to the Cubs in 2000, but was traded again to the Rangers in June that year.

The former outfielder said he spent the first five innings of Friday’s game talking about Wrigley and former Cubs manager Don Zimmer, who died in June. The Rays wear a “Zim” patch on the sleeve of their uniform in Zimmer’s memory.

“[Maddon] has been to Boston and other places, but he was saying, ‘This is unbelievable,'” Martinez said of the Rays manager, who had never been inside Wrigley until this weekend’s Interleague series. “I had told him, ‘When you come here and see the ivy on the wall and the stadium, you’re looking at basebal history.’ That’s what I look at every time. I’ve always told everybody it’s my favorite place to play. You just get goosebumps thinking about playing here.”

Zimmer managed the Cubs from 1988-91, and the team won the National League East that year with a 93-69 record.

“Zim never goes away,” Martinez said. “To this day, I never think Zim is gone. We left his locker as is. We’re never going to take it down.”

Martinez, 49, nearly returned to Wrigley Field as the manager. He interviewed last offseason and was a finalist for the job, which was given to then-Padres bench coach Rick Renteria.

“I like Rick, he’s a great guy and I think he’s done a great job,” Martinez said. “This organization is definitely heading in the right direction. They have plenty of young kids in the Minor Leagues. I look at them now, and look at how [the Rays] were when we started — and they’re headed in the same direction.”

– Carrie Muskat

10/24 Extra bases

* Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs in Yaquis de Obregon’s 8-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexican Winter League play on Wednesday. It was Villanueva’s second homer of the winter league season.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in Licey’s 7-4 win over Estrellas in Dominican Winter League play. Alcantara batted .271 this season for Double-A Tennessee.

* Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who has interviewed for the Cubs’ job, also is a candidate for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

* According to a survey of 26 music insiders by Rolling Stone magazine, Wrigley Field ranked second among rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all performed at the ballpark. Madison Square Garden in New York ranked No. 1, and Fenway Park was No. 3. The list is part of a “Venues that Rock” series.

* Got a question about the Cubs? The Cubs mailbag is back. Send your questions to CubsInbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. Don’t bother sending your resume if inquiring about the vacant manager’s job. I’ll leave that to Theo Epstein & Co.

– Carrie Muskat

10/22 Manager search

With Jim Leyland announcing his resignation on Monday, there is now another team looking for a new manager besides the Cubs, who have talked to Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta. Those four are believed to be the only ones the Cubs have interviewed. Leyland, 68, told the Tigers in September that he wanted this to be his last season; he will remain in that organization in another capacity. He’s not an option for the Cubs.

The Tigers now join the Cubs, the Mariners and the Nationals who are in the market for a new skipper. The Reds were expected to name pitching coach Bryan Price as their manager on Tuesday. There were reports that Theo Epstein wanted to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, 48, who Boston manager John Farrell felt was ready for a promotion. Lovullo’s name also was mentioned as a possible successor in Detroit. Epstein hired Lovullo to manage the Red Sox’s Triple-A Pawtucket team in 2010.

MLB discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, so the Cubs most likely will not be having a news conference at Wrigley Field any time soon to reveal the team’s 53rd manager. The only deadline Epstein has set is to have someone in place by Nov. 11 when the GM meetings are held.

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