“Fans have the right to say whatever they want,” the Nationals first baseman told Grant Paulsen of NBCS Washington. “My only question would be what do you want him to do right now? He’s in a pretty tough spot right now. It’s always easy to blame the manager. It comes down to the players.”
The Nationals are currently 14-22 and sit fourth in the NL East, seven games back of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies, who signed former Nationals superstar Bryce Harper this past winter.
Without Harper, the Nationals’ offense ranks ninth in the National League by wRC+. The lineup has also dealt with injuries, as Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, and Juan Soto have all spent time on the injured list.
The bullpen is where things have truly gone totally awry for the Nationals, as its collective 6.41 ERA ranks last in all of baseball.
Since moving to Washington prior to the 2005 season, the Nationals have employed nine different skippers. The longest-serving was Manny Acta, who managed 410 games before being replaced in the middle of the 2009 campaign.
Martinez replaced Dusty Baker, who helped lead the club to back-to-back first-place finishes before being relieved of duties after the 2017 season. In his second season since being hired away from the Chicago Cubs, Martinez owns a 96-102 record as Nationals manager.
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