Washington Nationals improvement leads to management giving manager Dave Martinez a multi-year extension

Dave Martinez with the Nationals in 2022. By Joe Glorioso, All-Pro Reels, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

August 22nd, 2023


The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with Manager Dave Martinez, the club announced on Tuesday.

“Dave Martinez represents the Washington Nationals organization with class on and off the field, and we are thrilled that he will continue to serve as manager,” said Nationals Managing Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner. “We are especially proud of the way the club has played since the end of June, and the team’s play is a direct reflection of Davey’s leadership. He is determined, passionate and the right person to lead our current group of players as well as the next wave of talent coming to Washington, D.C.”

Martinez, 58, is in his sixth season as the manager of the Nationals. He is the longest tenured manager and has the most managerial wins (378) in team history (2005-pres.).

The Nationals boast a 29-21 (.580) record since June 24, tied for the third-best record in the National League over this stretch. The Nationals enter play tonight having won seven of their last nine and 12 of their last 17 games since August 2.

Martinez was named the seventh field manager in team history on Oct. 30, 2017. In nearly six full seasons, Martinez has led the club through a steady, unwavering approach, consistent strategy and never-ending positivity and support for players. That includes an improbable run to the 2019 World Series championship.

The 2023 season marks Martinez’s 35th season in professional baseball, including 10 years (2008-17) as a Major League bench coach. From 2015-17, he served as the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, where he played an integral role in three Postseason appearances, two National League Central Division titles and the Cubs’ 2016 World Series championship. Prior to joining the Cubs, Martinez spent seven seasons (2008-14) as the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.


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