The Odds Are: Nationals' Martinez Will Be First Manager To Go in 2019

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Cinch -- The Shirts that Won the West

In search of a manager prior to the 2016 season, the Washington Nationals initially made an offer to Bud Black, who declined a proposed one-year contract. Next they turned to Dusty Baker, who was given a two-year deal, and after taking the Nationals to back-to-back NL East titles the ownership fired Baker.

So much for the pursuit of experienced managers.

A year ago, they opted to hire Dave Martinez to replace Baker, and gave him a three-year deal, even though he had never managed. The odds, however, appeared to be against Martinez.

He is a 7-to-1 shot to either be the first manager fired or to resign this year, according to www.BetOnline.ag.

Martinez is just ahead of the Padres Andyt Green at 9-to-1. The longest long shot? Bruce Bochy is 100-to-1 for being replaced by the Giants. But then Bochy already has announced he will retire after this season, and with what he has done in San Francisco -- starting with three world championships -- he deserves the chance to talk off into the sunset on his own accord come October.

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