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Johnson will take over Nats Monday

Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 8:42 pm
Davey Johnson will be the next manager of the Nationals.

Johnson will take over the team for Monday night's game against the Angels in Anaheim, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed to reporters Saturday. Sources have indicated that the Nationals intend to give Johnson a contract through 2013, but so far Rizzo has said only that Johnson will manage the team for the rest of this season.

Rizzo had told reporters Friday in Chicago that Johnson was interested in the job.

"He would enjoy this challenge," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post.

The 68-year-old Johnson hasn't managed in the major leagues since he was fired by the Dodgers after the 2000 season, but he has remained active in the game. Johnson managed Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and he has worked in the Nationals front office for the last two years.

At 68, Johnson would be the second oldest manager in the game, behind only Jack McKeon, who took over the Marlins on an interim basis last week. Johnson managed in the major leagues for 14 years, winning the World Series with the 1986 Mets. He has an overall winning percentage of .564, with five division titles. The only active manager with a better career winning percentage is Joe Girardi, at .566.

The Nationals job came open with Jim Riggleman's shock resignation on Thursday. John McLaren, who was Riggleman's bench coach, has been running the team this weekend in Chicago. Rizzo announced that McLaren will not continue as bench coach under Johnson, but will remain in the organization in another capacity.

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Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:21 pm

Johnson will take over Nats Monday

Picky is the word! This is not a well-thought comment. A major league manager's job is always a challenge. Whether you're managing a team at the top (Red Sox, Phillies) or a team at the bottom it's a challenge.

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 8:33 pm

Johnson will take over Nats Monday

The only "questionable" thing I see about Johnson's hire is Rizzo saying Johnson "looks forward to the challenge."
Okay, the Nats aren't a great club, but they have some talent and they definitely have a crop of minor league attention getters.
So why make it sound like you're hiring a manager who already says it's a "challenge."
I know, picky, but ... To the ever-media-driven MLB, something like that just doesn't jibe.
And those who question McKeon being brought from the old-folks home to guide the Marlins, what the heck has Davey done in the last five years?

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:59 pm

Johnson expected to take over Nats Monday

Riggleman's winning percentage doesn't have anything to do with it. Is making a change at the managers position wrong? Not necessarily. Is Davey the right guy? Only time will tell that. I don't have a problem with change I have a problem with the way Riggleman was treated. He did a good job and deserved better treatment from Rizzo. He could have sat down with him told him how he appreciates the job he has done and keep it up and when a decision is made at the end of the year you have a better shot than most, even though he was planning on bringing in Johnson anyway. Instead he just ignored him and wouldn't talk to him and 2nd guessed his moves on the field.  The Nats seem to have a great organization they just have an awful GM that lies and has no concern for the people that work FOR him. What has Rizzo done? Bowden built this team and got ALL the good talent they have. Rizzo drafted 2 number 1 picks. No talent there. He way over paid for a slightly above average free agent. No talent there. He signed some average free agents and traded some good players for some average ones. No talent there. If the Nationals let him screw with this team long term they will move the other way in the future. As for the corporate thing what difference does it make if the owners are millionaires and the workers are thousandaires or the owners are billionaires and the workers are millionaires? It still comes down to treating people that got you there with some respect and gratitude.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:09 pm

Johnson expected to take over Nats Monday

Johnson IS a great baseball guy. He's a solid tactician and communicator, and is a high energy baseball guy that doesn't like to lose. If the Nats' front office is just jiving fans about really trying to win, Davey won't last long.  

Any time the Nats don't like Davey, send him back to Cincinnati...we'll gladly trade you Dusty Baker.  

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