The dugout and uniforms may be different but when Cubs manager Joe Maddon looks down the dugout on opening night he’ll see the same bench coach he’s had for the past seven seasons. On Thursday, the Cubs announced Dave Martinez had been hired as the team’s new bench coach.
Originally drafted by the Cubs in the third round in 1983, Martinez, 50, spent the past seven seasons as Maddon’s bench coach in Tampa bay after two years as a spring training coach.
Martinez played 16 seasons in the big leagues, four with the Cubs, and played for nine teams: Cubs (1986-88, 2000), Montreal (1988-91), Cincinnati (1992), San Francisco (1993-94), White Sox (1995-97), Tampa Bay (1998-2000), Texas (2000), Toronto (2000) and Atlanta (2001). In 1,919 games, Martinez hit .276/.341/.389 with 91 HR and 183 stolen bases.
Brandon Hyde, who spent last season as the bench coach, will move to first base and Doug Dascenzo, who had been named first base coach in October, will remain in the organization as outfield and baserunning coordinator with responsibilities in the major and minor leagues.
Martinez is the second coach to join the Cubs staff since the hiring of Maddon. Henry Blanco was named the team’s quality assurance coach in late November. The Cubs added new hitting coach John Mallee and named Eric Hinske assistant hitting coach, after he spent 2014 as the first base coach. The rest of the coaching staff returning for 2015 include pitching coach Chris Bosio, third base coach Gary Jones, bullpen coach Lester Strode, catching and strategy coach Mike Bordello, and staff assistant Franklin Font.