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Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:28 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:31 pm

By Evan Brunell

The Nationals have found their temporary replacement for skipper Jim Riggleman, who resigned in a shocking move earlier Thursday.

The Washington Post reports that John McLaren, Riggleman's bench coach, will take over until the Nationals can find a permanent replacement for interim manager, but not one who would necessarily manage beyond the year. So McLaren is an interim interim manager, while Washington searches for a permanent interim manager, I guess?

Funny thing about McLaren taking over for Riggleman is that Riggleman was the man to replace McLaren in Seattle back in 2008 when McLaren was handed his walking papers. Oh, baseball.

But guess who the Nationals are considering as permanent interim manager. Just like Jack McKeon was a blast from the past, so is Davey Johnson.

That's right, the Team USA skipper who last managed a major-league game in 2000 might get back on the bench. The Post says that Washington is considering asking Johnson to take over. This may surprise you, but Johnson is "only" 68, so it's not as eye-popping of a move as it was for McKeon to return to his managing ways, but it's still a surprising move.

Johnson's last stint as manager was with the Dodgers from 1999 to 2000, when he posted a 163-161 record. Prior to that, he had two years with the Orioles from 1996-97, breathing new life into the franchise but feuding with owner Peter Angelos. Prior to that, he skippered the Mets for seven years from 1984-90, earning a World Series ring in the 1986 fall classic before moving onto the Reds from 1993-95. All told, his managerial record rests at an impressive 1,148-888.

Johnson's only season below .500 was in his first year with the Dodgers, and while the club bounced back to register a nine-win improvement and finish second, the former major-leaguer was still handed his walking papers. Since then, Johnson has managed Team USA in both the Baseball World Cup and World Baseball Classic and has served as a senior advisor to the Nationals since 2009.

Here's the thing: If Johnson had wanted to continue managing after the Dodgers, he could have. He chose to walk away from the game and could have had his pick of many openings in the years that passed. In fact, he was linked to the Orioles back when they had a vacancy in 2007, a position that ultimately went to Dave Trembley.

If Johnson doesn't agree to man the bench, there are two other front-office employees who have managed in the past: Bob Boone and Bob Schafer, to ask, the Post notes.

As part of the speculation surrounding Riggleman's resignation has been the idea that Washington is looking for a bigger name to be manager. Johnson would certainly be that guy.

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Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

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Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:27 pm

Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

Ok, here's the scoop, what Riggleman did was right but at that wrong time. If he wanted more of a leverage, he should of waited until the All-Star break.That is usually the time when you're pretty much sure if a team is in contention for a playoff spot. If the Nationals are above .500 and vying for a playoff spot, Riggleman by all means should ask his option be picked up.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:01 pm

Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

The Nats missed the boat with Jim Riggleman.  He earned the club option for 2012.  Davey Johnson has had success and would be a good manager for them.  Be careful Nats in what you wish for.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:55 pm

Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

I will reserve my final judgment about all of this until I see this pan out, but Riggleman is well-liked and well-regarded in Washington.  He has been regarded as getting his team to overachieve at times.  They've freakin won 11 of the past 12, how can you not renew the guy for 2012 when you're 4 1/2 games out of the wildcard spot with a healthy Zimmrman back in the lineup?  At first glance this looks like another sign of dysfunction and incompetence in the Nationals' front office.

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:55 pm

Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager

this is a big mistake letting ringleman walk he made a terribble team very good and their only going to get better. pay the man 

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