After once roaming the outfield of Wrigley Field in the north side of Chicago for over 260 games with the Cubs, Dave Martinez returns to where his 16-year major league career started, only this time as as coach.

Martinez had been Joe Maddon’s bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays organization for seven years, and will follow Maddon to his newest managerial position with Chicago Cubs.

Initially, Martinez was thought to be a strong candidate to be Maddon’s replacement in Tampa Bay, but he wasn’t even one of the finalists for the job, which was eventually given to Kevin Cash.

The last time that Martinez and Maddon were joined for the first time with a team was back in 2008, the same year the newly named Rays made it to the World Series. The Cubs can only hope that history will repeat itself as their organization hasn’t been to a World Series since 1945.

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