Joe Maddon and Dave Martinez worked together so well over the last decade they were almost like a married couple, knowing what the other was thinking every second of the day. Martinez served as bench coach under Maddon for 10 years, starting with their 2008 World Series year in Tampa Bay and continuing in Chicago from 2015 through last year. But now Martinez has realized his dream of managing, taking over a playoff-ready roster in Washington that could stand in the Cubs way next October. Taking Martinez’s place as Maddon’s wing man is Brandon Hyde, the Cubs’ former first-base coach who was brought into the organization as a minor league coordinator in 2012, and basically has run spring training since joining the major league staff in 2014. Hyde has been a bench coach three times, under Edwin Rodriguez and Jack McKeon in Florida and under Rick Renteria in 2014 with the Cubs. He was slated to be the bench coach again in 2015 before the Cubs fired Renteria and hired Maddon, who was able to bring in Martinez from the Rays to keep the marriage intact. “The difference with Joe is I’ve been with him three years prior, so I know him, and I’ve coordinated spring training with him the last three years,” Hyde said. “I’m familiar with him and what he wants and how he likes things done. “I think there will be a little adjustment in the dugout, my responsibilities will be different obviously, so that’s what we’ll work through in spring training and I’ll get a better feel of what he needs from me during a game.” He’ll also be the guy who makes the calls on replay debates, letting Maddon know if the replay coordinator believes it’s worth a challenge. Maddon’s trust in Martinez was apparent from Day One. Martinez was almost a shadow manager when it came to getting the players ready for games, letting them know beforehand if they were getting a day off or not.
Brandon Hyde replaces Dave Martinez as Joe Maddon's wing man
Chicago Tribune | Feb 26