Fisher Cats name manager
- Updated: November 14, 2019
MANCHESTER — The Toronto Blue Jays have announced that Cesar Martin will be the new manager of their Double-A affiliate, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Martin, 40, was named 2019 Florida State League Manager of the Year for his work at the Advanced-A level, leading the Dunedin Blue Jays to an 80-55 record last season. The D-Jays won the first-half and second-half championships in the Northern Division, and will likely send several players to New Hampshire in 2020.
Dunedin led the Florida State League with a .339 on-base percentage, 165 stolen bases, 220 doubles and 4.5 runs per game.
Following the 2019 season, Martin was named manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he worked with Fisher Cats infielders Cullen Large, Logan Warmoth, and Kevin Smith.
Like 2018 Fisher Cats manager and current Blue Jays major league coach John Schneider, Martin has steadily risen through the Blue Jays organization over the last few years. He managed the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts for two seasons, and earned a promotion to Dunedin after an 80-60 campaign in 2018.
Martin, the 11th manager in Fisher Cats history, played for four years in the Blue Jays farm system (1999-2002), primarily at third base. He managed the Blue Jays Dominican Summer League team in 2012 and 2013, then served as hitting coach for the Rookie-Level Bluefield Blue Jays in 2014.
The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native managed the Blue Jays Gulf Coast League team in 2015 and 2016 before advancing to Class-A Lansing in 2017.
The Fisher Cats open the 2020 season with a six-game road trip, starting in Reading against the Fightin’ Phils (Philadelphia Phillies) on April 9. The home opener will be on Thursday, April 16 at Delta Dental Stadium at 6:35 p.m. against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies). Opening Night festivities include a postgame Atlas Fireworks show. For tickets and information, visit NHFisherCats.com.