Results tagged ‘ Dave Martinez ’

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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