Rays’ bench coach Dave Martinez opts to leave team

November 26th, 2014 by Staff

Martinez, left, was Maddon's bench coach for nine seasons.

(Chicago Tribune) ST. PETERSBURG – Former Chicago Cubs outfielder and managerial candidate Dave Martinez announced Tuesday he is resigning as Tampa Bay’s bench coach after seven seasons.

Martinez, 50, who interviewed for the Cubs’ managerial position 13 months ago, resigned after not being named one of three finalists for the Rays’ vacant managerial position.

The Cubs have yet to announce their coaching staff since Joe Maddon left the Rays to become the Cubs’ manager on Oct. 31.

But Brandon Hyde currently serves as the bench coach, and Henry Blanco was hired Saturday as the quality assurance coach that was vacated when Jose Castro left to join the Atlanta Braves as an assistant hitting coach.

“I informed the Rays this week that I have chosen to move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization,” Martinez said in a statement released by the Rays.

“It was a hard decision that I think is best for myself and the Rays. I want to thank our fans for their overwhelming support. It has meant the world to my family and me. For the past nine years, the players and staff have been an extension of my family and the memories that we have all shared and the relationships that have been built will stay with me forever. I can’t thank them enough for all they have meant to me.”

Martinez played for the Cubs from 1986-88 and 2000. Martinez was a spring training instructor with the Rays in 2006 and 2007 before joining Maddon’s staff as the bench coach in 2008. Martinez was under contract with the  Rays for the 2015 season.

Earlier this month, the Rays filed tampering charges against the Cubs, alleging they contacted Maddon before he exercised his opt-out clause.

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