Chicago Cubs Manager Search: Whither Davey Martinez?

Not much going on in the world of the Chicago Cubs since Joe Girardi decided to put his stupid wiener kids; happiness before all of us. Selfish.



What we know so far is that former Indians manager Manny Acta and DBacks coach AJ Hinch have already interviewed, and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria (we’ve confirmed this is not Edgar Renteria under as assumed name) is expected to interview soon. As I’ve mentioned, I’m somewhat underwhelmed by these candidates, especially Acta. Motivation is going to have to be a big part of the next manager’s job, and whatever Acta did in the second half of 2012 was the OPPOSITE of motivation.

Now that Girardi is firmly ensconced in Westchester County, the Cubs are expected to expand their search (please God, let them expand it). One name that I’m hoping to hear from the front office is Davey Martinez (Harry ALWAYS called him “Davey”), and not just because he was my first Cubbie crush and the reason I started watching the Expos way back when. And no, I haven’t gotten over the deal for Mitch Webster, thanks for asking.

What interests me most is the fact that Martinez has been sitting alongside Joe Maddon in Tampa for the last six years, and allegedly soaking up every ounce of SABR-y goodness leaking out of Maddon’s pores.  He’d also bring a Latin influence to the team, and has receieved high praise for working with young players like Evan Longoria, who was only 22 when Martinez came on-board. He also sets up the Rays’ defense and instructs the players on base-running and BUNTING. BUNTING, you guys. Just like Dale! And, above all, he’s revered by his players for his upbeat attitude. And his fantastic beard. But mostly for his attitude.

Here’s the thing, Cubs fans, we’re not getting Joe Maddon in here. And if we can’t have Joe Maddon, I want his mini-me. Here’s to hoping Jed and Theo get him up here for an interview post haste.

And yes, I’m aware that my allegiance has taken down yet another WS hopeful. What do you want me to say? I’m typhoid Mary for baseball.

Sue me.


33 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Manager Search: Whither Davey Martinez?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Julie, then pick the Dodgers, and hopefully Puig & co, can then be whipped by the Cardinals…

    1. juliedicaro says:

      But I like to watch Puig. We don’t have a Puig.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I routing for the A’s the rest of the way. And if they lose tonight…fuck the rest of the playoffs.

      2. gidard says:

        How much would it cost, Julie, to put the hex on the Dodgers?
        Give us a figure.

  2. Agreed, after reading up on Davey’s role the last six years in Tampa he does seem like a good fit.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      He really does quite a lot for Maddon. I was surprised.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Martinez is probably the best un-experienced candidate. I’m still frantically trying to find someone with managerial experience that would be a good fit. Is Whitey Herzog still alive? Even if he’s not, he’d probably be more active on the bench than Manny Acta.

        1. juliedicaro says:

          Someone just suggested to me that the Cubs might not interview Martinez because Ricketts wants to keep a good relationship with Sandberg., Ugh, ugh, ugh, if that’s true.

          1. J says:

            ugh. I do believe this is the spot for the “Tweezing my wang” sound effect.

              1. juliedicaro says:

                Rats. Now I can’t find it.

          2. gidard says:

            So now people are noticing the future isn’t looking so bright?
            Ryno after his 3 year contract runs it’s course?
            No doubt there isn’t a plethora(I love it when I can use that word) of overwhelmingly desirable candidates for manager.
            But I hope they can find someone with whom we can believe is a capable manager and can give us a glimmer of hope soon.

  3. J says:

    Flip Spellcheck somewhere out West with high a ball pitching to spare. Take spare high A ball pitching and whatever else Tampa’s ownership wants for a package of Price and Maddon (might I suggest a nice historic ballpark that would look great in the florida humidity?) Basically offer up everyone/thing in the organization not named Baez, Bryant, or Edwards. This frees the Cubs up from having to extend Spellcheck, and that cash plus some more can keep Price around for the next 5 years. What would the Cubs lose? At most the development years of future superstars, but you’re just farming it out to the Rays who have a much better track record at this stuff than the Cubs. Anyways, the Rays will be feeding whoever we trade to them that’s worthwhile into free agency and the trade market until they get a new stadium, so why not make the splash and get the best pitcher and manager available this offseason?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’m pretty sure you could offer to build the Rays a new ballpark and they still wouldn’t give away Joe Maddon and/or Andrew Friedman.

      And mark my words…Price will be traded before spring training…but if the Cubs want him, he’ll cost Baez, Bryant or Edwards…no way around it.

      1. J says:

        A new ballpark in downtown St Pete near the Dali museum, Castro, Almora, and every lick of talent the Cubs get for Spellcheck. That’s my final offer.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          They won’t take Castro.

          1. J says:

            How about an extra 10 luxury boxes in that stadium?

  4. J says:

    and for the love of God- take one for the team and cheer for the Cardinals. If those smug assholes get another World Series this year, I am blaming no one but the Cubs fans for not falling on their swords for the greater good. If we don’t get the selfish feelies of a World Series parade in Wrigleyville, then the least we can do is cheer alongside the assclowns too lazy to build the second Arch of their giant monument to fast food and other unhealthy things so as to keep them from knowing the satisfaction of another World Series banner unveiling which will undoubtedly happen when the Cubs are visiting.

  5. Anonymous says:

    You don’t want him, he already has one DUI, and then there’s the court case in Florida, he keeps getting continuences on…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      LaRussa was a complete and utter alcoholic…and I’d still want him as my manager.

      1. gidard says:

        Hell, I’d drink with him after the games.

    2. johnnywest333 says:

      Never stopped Ron Washington…

      1. Doc Blume says:

        But he drinks because he knows he’s a pretender and basically a puppet to his fairly decent coaching staff.

  6. Doc Blume says:

    Maddux (Greg) told Dave Kaplan today that he’s not even remotely interested in coaching.

    1. gidard says:

      And I think we can believe him too.
      For now.
      Maybe in 10 years when Cub Fans are ready to mutiny we can persuade him.

      1. J says:

        I think Greg likes golfing way too much to consider having to work every single day of a MLB Season. If he wants to coach, he can offer his services as a contract Private Pitching Coach. $7k per hour talking pitching, $12k per hour for an on mound session. Person being coached picks up the cost of Greg’s daily round of golf and transportation.

      2. juliedicaro says:

        That can’t possibly be true. I heard he was interested on the internet.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Read this. Read it now!

    “The Cardinals are a giant sucking red hole of good old-fashioned Midwestern piousness, with a fanbase that does “classy” things specifically so that it can humblebrag about doing classy things.”

    “And your constant attempts to turn every October into an extended production of Our Town makes me want to hang myself with a extension cord.”


  8. dabirdguy says:

    AJ Hinch will be the next Cubbies manager.

    1. FrankS says:

      I’m afraid you might be right. Hey, what’s Buck Showalter doing these days?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Managing the Orioles.

    2. Doc Blume says:

      I have a horrible feeling you are right.

      And it will mean the end of Jed Hoyer’s reign as GM of the Cubs in 2 years.

      This would be an absolutely and devastatingly horrible mistake that could very well set the Cubs rebuilding project back 2 to 3 years as many of the players they bring up stall or regress under Hinch’s leadership (or lack there of).

      Acta I believe would have the support of a number of the players initially, but his corpse-like approach to managing will wear pretty thin after a while…just ask the Indians players he managed. Acta may help develop some of the players, but in 2 years he will be fired so the Cubs can find a man to move the team to the “next level”. Acta is a short term solution, in my opinion.

      I honestly know very little about Rick Rentaria…but he has had Bud Black as a mentor which isn’t too bad.

  9. Doc Blume says:


    The Mariners have asked Lou Piniella to come back.

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