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Report: White Sox have Dave Martinez at top of managerial list

Oct 1, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

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Two sources told’s Ken Rosenthal that Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is the White Sox’s preferred choice to replace Ozzie Guillen in dugout.

It’s not a surprise, as Martinez’s name was one of the first to come up when Guillen’s departure was announced.  A 16-year major leaguer, Martinez played with the White Sox from 1995-97.

Martinez could also be a candidate to replace Terry Francona in Boston, though it’s unclear if the Red Sox are as high on him as the White Sox are.

One of Rosenthal’s sources said that former Royals manager Tony Pena, currently the bench coach for the Yankees, is also on the White Sox’s list.

Martinez, 47, has spent the last three seasons as Tampa Bay’s bench coach. He hit .274/.341/.389 with 91 homers and 183 steals with 10 major league teams before retiring after the 2001 season.

  1. hittfamily - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    What are a bench coaches primary responsibilities? I know Martinez works with hitters and outfielders, but what are his specific job duties?

    • derekjetersmansion - Oct 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      Sounding board.

  2. Gordon - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    Can he bring the entire roster with him too? I think that has a lot more to do with the success of the Rays than how well he coaches from the bench.

    He won’t have the same success with Peavy, Rios & Dunn as he would with Longoria & Price.

  3. rickditka - Oct 2, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Maybe the White Sox hire Martinez. The Cubs make up with Sandberg and hire him to manage. And Dave Martinez starts banging Ryne Sandberg’s new wife. Just like the good ol’ days. That would be great for the Chicago rivalry.

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