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Cubs: Dave Martinez gets chance to make pitch for Dodgers job

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Cubs: Dave Martinez gets chance to make pitch for Dodgers job

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez walked through this upscale hotel on Wednesday afternoon, about to visit with the Los Angeles Dodgers and interview for their manager’s job.  

Martinez – who gets a strong endorsement from Joe Maddon after spending eight seasons working next to arguably the best manager in the game – is one of at least nine reported candidates to replace Don Mattingly.

That picture should become somewhat clearer after this week’s general manager meetings at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The Dodgers released Mattingly after a 92-win season and a first-round playoff exit, allowing him to become the Miami Marlins manager.

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The Martinez/Maddon connection is obvious with Andrew Friedman now running baseball operations for the Dodgers after leaving the Tampa Bay Rays last October.

Martinez lasted 16 seasons in the big leagues and still looks like he could play, even at the age of 51, and that experience gives him instant credibility in the clubhouse. Between the Rays and Cubs, Martinez has exposure to two successful, data-driven organizations that have developed young talent.

Originally drafted by the Cubs in 1983, Martinez knows what it’s like to play for an iconic franchise and handle big-market pressure. Maddon relies on Martinez to deliver messages to players, keep the peace in the clubhouse and help create the culture for what turned out to be a 97-win playoff team.

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President of baseball operations Theo Epstein has said Maddon’s entire coaching staff would be invited back for next season. Now the Cubs will see if Maddon’s right-hand man will return in 2016.

“Davey’s very deserving of that opportunity,” Epstein said. “As much as I’d hate to lose him, I hope he does well and gets the job. He’s a big part of what we have going on here and very experienced. And I think it’s inevitable that someday he’ll get that opportunity.” 

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: