Davey Martinez got robbed.
Okay, in the grand scheme of things that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but with the MLB All-Star Game coming up in Denver you can't help but think about how the Nats' skipper never got his chance to manage for the National League after the Nationals won the World Series back in 2019.
With no game in 2020 because, well, it was 2020, both Martinez and former Astros manager A.J. Hinch were essentially passed over for the honor. And it's not like Major League Baseball could do anything to make up for the missed opportunity.
Therefore, Davey didn't get his chance.
Or maybe...wait, there might be an idea here.
You know what ... MLB commissioner Rob Manfred should step in and just let Davey be a part of the NL coaching staff. Why not? He deserves it. Plus, it's an exhibition and it really doesn't matter if you add an extra guy just for the heck of it. It's all about him just being there.
Not Hinch though. He doesn't get added to the American League side, of course, given his past connection to the Astros' cheating scandal. I think we can all agree on that.
Sure the mid-summer classic is just meant to be fun more than anything (now that that stupid home-field advantage rule is gone). It's an event that in normal years is literally the only sporting event going on, too. But, if you're in Davey's position, having gone to the World Series, the chance to work with the best of the best in your sport is still an exciting prize.
Let's not break tradition here baseball. You love your traditions, don't you?
I doubt he'd ever say it mattered because, clearly, that ring is what has the real significance, but it would be a nice gesture to see him there on Dave Roberts' coaching staff even in a ceremonial role.
Plus, would anyone really complain? Okay maybe on Twitter because there's always someone angry about something on there. But in reality, this gesture would have very little consequence on the night.
So Manfred, why don't you go ahead and just extend an invite to Davey Martinez and give him a chance to be a part of the event. He's already on the West Coast with the Nats finishing the first half with a series in San Francisco. He can stop at Coors Field on the way home. He's earned it.