Nationals

Davey Martinez becomes Nats' longest-tenured manager

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As he once famously said after his Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series, “Bumpy roads lead to beautiful places.”

When the Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Nationals Park, it will be manager Davey Martinez’s 411th game in charge of the club, officially making him the longest-tenured manager in team history. Martinez will pass Manny Acta (410) for most games managed in Washington’s 17-year team history.

While 411 games is essentially the equivalent of just 2.5 complete seasons at the helm, it’s the latest of a long list of accolades Martinez has acquired during his time in the nation’s capital. Davey Johnson (407), Dusty Baker (324), Matt Williams (324) round out the rest of the top five for longest-tenured Nats’ managers, according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. The list does not include games managed while the team was still the Montreal Expos.

Of course, Martinez’s biggest moment as the leading man for the Nationals came when his squad climbed the MLB mountaintop to win the 2019 World Series in stunning fashion over the Houston Astros. Not only did Washington start that season out with a 19-31 record, but for the first time in the history of the majors, every game of the Fall Classic was won on the road. Yes, the Nats won all four games of what ended up being a seven-game series in Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

 

Martinez had previously coached in a World Series. He was a bench coach for the Chicago Cubs when they broke a 108-year drought to win a title in 2016. In September of 2020, the Nationals and Martinez agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension.

Over his 410 games in charge of the Nats since taking over from Dusty Baker after the 2017 season, Martinez has led his squad to a record of 213-197, a .520 winning percentage.

There won’t be an on-field ceremony to commemorate Martinez’s accomplishment, but the 56-year-old will be in his usual spot in the dugout as Washington (12-14 on the season) looks to claw its way back to the top of the NL East.