Joe Maddon’s right-hand man in Chicago, Dave Martinez has been Maddon’s bench coach every season since 2008, when the duo shocked the world by leading the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series.
When Maddon left for Chicago, multiple players from the Rays endorsed Martinez to take over as manager. Ben Zobrist, who played for Martinez in Tampa and now in Chicago, said the following to the Tampa Bay Times:
"“I still like Dave Martinez at the top of the list,” Zobrist emailed. “I think Dave is ready for the opportunity to see how he can do. He has always been 100 percent into the games mentally and I know he has the baseball acumen to manage in game situations.”"
Martinez has interviewed for multiple manager positions in the past and will almost certainly receive more interviews this off-season after the Cubs dominant season. Martinez has learned under one of the game’s most innovative and respected managers, and he seems overdue for his shot at running the ship.