Five younger candidates for the Phillies manager job

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers spits during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 27: Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers spits during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – APRIL 29: Jon Jay #30 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Manager Joe Maddon and bench coach Dave Martinez #4 after scoring against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Dave Martinez

Every time a manager spot opens up, people wonder if Dave Martinez will finally make the move up from Joe Maddon’s bench coach to a managing job for himself. He has been with Maddon both in Tampa Bay and in Chicago and has certainly learned a lot from the manager whom many consider one of the best in baseball.

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If Martinez does come to Philadelphia, he would bring with him a wealth of baseball knowledge, both old and new-school. The Phillies are making a major shift towards analytics, so Martinez would go right in line with that philosophy.

The big question though is if Martinez would even want to leave Chicago. He has been to the playoffs for three straight seasons with the Cubs and there is a chance he could head back to the World Series.

Matt Klentak would really have to convince Martinez that this Phillies team is very close to a playoff spot, if not ready to contend in 2018.

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