Tag:John McLaren
Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:50 pm
 

McLaren to stay with Nats, as a scout

By Matt Snyder

For the second time in less than a week, a Nationals manager will work his final game in uniform for the club. Jim Riggleman resigned from his post amidst conflict with the front office after Thursday's victory and now-interim manager John McLaren will be reassigned to a scouting role after Sunday's game in Chicago against the White Sox (Bill Ladson via Twitter). Davey Johnson will take over as the full-time manager Monday.

The news comes a day after there were conflicting reports on McLaren's future -- though each were technically correct from a certain point of view. One report had McLaren resigning and another said he'd stay with the team. Well, it turns out he's going to stay with the Nationals but will not remain as the bench coach -- his role under Riggleman. So that means when Davey Johnson takes over as the Nationals manager, he'll also get a new bench coach.

The report that had McLaren resigning cited loyalty to Riggleman as part of the reason, and that appears to have some truth to it. McLaren reportedly told Riggleman in May, "If you leave, I'm going to leave." (Washington Post via Twitter)

For all the turmoil the Nationals have faced this week, this shuffling likely means the changes all come to an end Monday. The managerial shift will be complete and the new coaching staff will be in place. Meanwhile, the Nationals have won 12 of their last 14 games and are only 4-1/2 games behind the Braves for the NL Wild Card.

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Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Conflicting reports on McLaren resignation

By Matt Snyder

Having two managers resign within one week has to be some sort of record, right? While John McLaren is technically only an "acting" or "interim" manager, he's still at the helm of the Washington Nationals ... until Davey Johnson takes over Monday. Still, it was expected McLaren would be kept on as bench coach -- his role with the club since 2009 -- but instead he will likely resign from the job, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Then again, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that McLaren is not leaving.

Johnson is expected to be announced the Nationals' new manager Monday, at which time it's been reported the Nationals will also reveal he's signed on through the 2012 season.

McLaren's resignation -- if it happens, which it might not -- would come less than a week after Jim Riggleman stepped down from the Nationals' managerial position. That resignation was quite shocking, considering the Nationals were playing as well as any other team in the majors at the time. Heading into Saturday, they had won 12 of their last 13 games. Riggleman felt disrespected by the organization due to salary and contract issues, so he stepped down. McLaren reportedly will resign due to loyalty to Riggleman and general frustration with the organization -- again, though, there's also a report he's sticking around.

Riggleman was 38-37 as the Nationals manager this season, while McLaren is 1-0.

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:56 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Yet another manager for the Nationals

By Evan Brunell

Nationals manager John McLaren was ejected from the game Friday in the eighth inning for arguing a close play along with Jerry Hairston, Jr.

McLaren is expected to be replaced by Davey Johnson as "permanent" interim manager as early as Monday, but for now he's the interim interim manager. In McLaren's absence, Trent Jewett is now the manager, and you could call him the interim interim interim manager. Fun!

Jewett was officially added to the coaching staff earlier Friday with the simple label as coach, although it appears he is the de facto bench coach as no one else has been named bench coach. Jewett has been an extra coach with the team although he has not dressed for games. He managed Washington's Triple-A affiliate in 2010.

CSNWashington.com's Mark Zuckerman tweeted after the McLaren ejection that he asked a Nationals PR person who the new manager would be. The PR representative threw up his hands and said he had no idea. That about sums up things in Washington these days.

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 5:10 pm
 

McLaren named Nats' interim manager

By C. Trent Rosecrans

John McLaren will be the Washington Nationals' manager tonight against the White Sox, the team announced today -- however, he's not expected to serve in that position past Monday. MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another manager by Monday.

McLaren served as the bench coach under manager Jim Riggleman, who resigned yesterday. McLaren was the Mariners' manager from July 2, 2007 to June 19, 2008. He replaced Mike Hargrove in Seattle, and oddly enough was replaced by Riggleman when he was fired. The Mariners went 68-88 under his stewardship.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post (via Twitter), the Nationals are still trying to figure out what they want to do in a more long-term sense. Davey Johnson has been reported as the probable replacement. Kilgore quotes a source as saying, "The on-deck circle is empty for now," referring to what happens after McLaren.

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