Tag:Davey Johnson
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:31 am

Pepper: Is the trade deadline too soon?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: Are the Nationals headed in the right direction with Davey Johnson? MLB.com's Tom Bororstein joins Lauren Shihadi to discuss the Nationals, as well as the upcoming Reds-Rays series, the Indians-Diamondbacks and more.

PUSH IT BACK: In a month, we here at Eye On Baseball will be churning out rumors and speculation left and right -- who has interest in whom, which team is a buyer and which is a seller and what backup second baseman has some trade value. It's part of the baseball calendar, the last weekend of July. But is that too early?

Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune says it is, and I'm not sure he's wrong.

The nonwaiver trade deadline is at the two-thirds mark of the season, and that may be too soon for teams to decide just exactly what their chances are to make the best decision about folding or going all in on a postseason run.

The best reason to change it is that it forces too many teams -- especially those without a high payroll flexibility -- to give up too soon. Who wants to pay to see 25 games or so to see a team that has given up hope? Push the trade deadline back and lie to us a little longer, we like that.

NEW YORK TRADE TIME?: Could this be the year the Mets and Yankees make a big trade with each other? The two teams have only made nine trades with each other in their history. It's unlikely Jose Reyes will go across town, but Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak could help the Yankees. [Wall Street Journal]

STRETCHING PINEDA: While nobody gave it any consideration when Michael Pineda broke the Mariners' camp in the rotation, it's now going to become an issue -- will the Mariners allow the rookie starter to add innings to his arm if the Mariners stick in the American League West race?

Seattle manager Eric Wedge says the team has a plan, not just for Pineda but the team's other pitchers as well, to try to limit innings, but still have his starters ready for September. The biggest thing is not limiting innings, but his game-to-game pitch count, Wedge said. [Seattle Times]

BARNEY SAYS IT GETS BETTER: Cubs rookie Darwin Barney not only participated in the "It Gets Better" project aimed at gay teens, but also said he was "honored" to ask. A cool deal for both Barney and an ever better deal for the campaign started by Cubs fan Dan Savage. The Giants have also shot a spot for the project. [Chicago Tribune]

HARANG STILL OUT: Padres starter Aaron Harang is unlikely to return from a stress fracture in his right foot until after the All-Star break. Harang leads the Padres' staff with a 7-2 record and 3.71 ERA. He's been on the DL since June 13. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

SORIA BACK: Since being reinstated as the Royals' closer, Joakim Soria hasn't allowed a run in 10 games (12 innings). He's only allowed four hits and two walks while striking out 12 and notching six saves. [Kansas City Star]

WE'RE GOING STREAKING!: Who is the streakiest team in baseball? Beyondtheboxscore.com has done the math and it's the Boston Red Sox. The least streaky? Well, that would be the consistently bad Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, amazingly enough, haven't won three games in a row all season.

JENKS BACK SOON: Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks is expected to join the team Monday in Philadelphia and could be activated on Tuesday. [Boston Herald]

Marlins STILL WOOING BIG NAMES: Nobody expects Jack McKeon to manager the Marlins next season. Florida hired its interim manager after last season and look at how that turned out. Apparently owner Jeffrey Loria wants a big-name manager, and that's likely Bobby Valentine or Ozzie Guillen. [Palm Beach Post]

BYRD'S FACEMASK: Bringing flashbacks of Terry Steinbach, Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd will wear a helmet with extra protection in his rehab start at Triple-A Iowa. Byrd was hit in the face last month and suffered facial fractures. [Chicago Tribune]

FINDING NIMMO: The Mets made Brandon Nimmo the first-ever first-round draft pick from the state of Wyoming. Wyoming hasn't had a first-rounder before because of its combination of low population and harsh climate. Nimmo's dad, Ron, has helped on both causes, raising his sons there and building a barn where they could hone their baseball skills year-round. [New York Post]

CHANGEUP PITCHES: The Brewers want right-hander Yovani Gallardo to throw more changeups. Gallardo is 9-4 with a 3.92 ERA this season, but is throwing the changeup just 1.6 percent of the time and none in his last two starts. The Brewers believe the pitch could help him lower his pitch counts and go deeper into games. [MLB.com]

HANLEY TO STAY AT CLEANUP: The Marlins new regime is going to continue using shortstop Hanley Ramirez as the team's cleanup hitter. Ramirez was hitting .200/.298/.295 overall when he was put in the fourth spot by new manager Jack McKeon and in five games in that spot, he's hitting .400/.429/.450 with four RBI, raising his overall line to .218/.309/.309. [Palm Beach Post]

SMALL GESTURE, BIG DEAL: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes a really neat tale of Curt Schilling and a World War II veteran who recently passed away.

ROSE BRINGS 'EM IN: There's apparently not a whole lot going on in the greater Bristol area of Virginia and Tennessee, because Pete Rose is bringing in the fans. No, not the Hit King, but Pete Rose Jr., manager of the Bristol White Sox of the short-season Class A Appalachian League. Still, it's cool Rose is chasing his dream. If there's one thing when you look at his career path, he may not have his father's talent, but he does have his drive. [Bristol Herald Courier]

THIS IS WRONG: That's it. Just wrong. [Yahoo!'s Big League Stew]

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

Nationals consider Davey Johnson as manager


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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Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 4:49 pm

Davey Johnson endorses Terry Collins for Mets job

Johnson The Mets are gearing up to name their new manager as early as Monday, with the candidates down to four.

Of the four candidates remaining, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins appear to be the frontrunners, although Chip Hale and Wally Backman are still in the running.

If Davey Johnson had the job Sandy Alderson currently occupies, it appears as if his pick would be Collins, as the New York Post relays.

"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said of Collins, who has been serving as the team's minor league field coordinator. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Johnson (pictured) draws on his own personal experience of having spent three seasons managing in New York's minors in endorsing Collins for the job, saying that with the Mets having to rebuild within, it's important to know who on the farm can be part of that process.

"When I first got there my first conversation with [GM] Frank Cashen was, 'I've got three or four guys on the minor league level that I would like in the majors.' " Johnson noted. "We talked about that. 'I'll go with your guys on the major league level, but if they are not cutting it, I want to be able to dump those guys and bring up guys from the minor leagues.' Whoever [Alderson] has that relationship with is very tantamount."

Johnson, who remains the only manager in history to lead the Mets to a World Series title, has a soft spot for Backman, who played under Johnson for five seasons. However, decisions have to be made with the mind, not the heart.

"It all boils down to who Alderson trusts the most," Johnson added. "When [Alderson] thinks he's going to be able to win and who is going to be the guy that helps put that schedule into place."

UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Bob Melvin will not be the next Mets skipper. That seems to clear the way for Collins.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:24 pm

Orioles seeking experienced manager

Davey Johnson The Baltimore Orioles are making previous managerial experience a priority in their search for a new manager.

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Orioles have bandied around former Orioles manage Davey Johnson's name, but an interview may not happen. Heyman says that Johnson is happy in his current position as an advisor with the Nationals and as manager of USA baseball, while some Orioles officials feel that it is not appropriate to look to the past as a solution.

Johnson helmed the Orioles during their glory days in 1996 and 1997, compiling a cumulative 186-136 record. He won the World Series as manager of the Mets in 1986. He hasn't managed in the majors since a two- year stint with the Dodgers ending in 2000.

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine in a search MacPhail says may take the entire season or longer. MacPhail is also expected to interview Mets scout Bob Melvin, formerly of the Mariners and Diamondbacks. Buck Showalter will also speak to MacPhail.

Valentine has been one of the most sought-after managers in recent years after returning from a successful stint as manager of the Chiba-Lotte Marines from 2004-09. He has 13 years experience managing in the majors and took the Mets to the World Series in 2000. He has turned down other managing opportunities and seems to be waiting for the right situation. MacPhail admits that may not be Baltimore.

"Let's be honest, I'm not sure this gig's for everyone," MacPhail told Heyman. "We may have more interest in some guys than they have in us.''

Melvin and Showalter may not be as picky. Melvin was expected to be the successor to Jerry Manuel in New York before the Mets' recent turnaround that sees them a half-game out of first place, but Melvin certainly wants to get back into managing and was a catcher back from 1989-91 with the O's.

Showalter is an accomplished manager with the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers on his resume. His tenure with the Yankees proved he can build up a team in a big city with George Steinbrenner breathing down his neck. He also has experience assembling a team from the ground up, being Arizona's first manager. Unfortunately for Showalter, his final year with both teams was the year prior to each team (1996 for New York, 2001 for Arizona) winning the World Series.

"He got the Yankees going, and he got Arizona going,'' a baseball executive pointed out to Heyman. "He's known as a control freak. But maybe they need some control over there.''

The Orioles are currently 30 games under .500 at 18-48 and are on pace to lose 118 games. Whoever takes the O's over will have quite a tall task on their hands, albeit with clear talent. Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman are future frontline starters while the offense boasts Adam Jones and Matt Wieters among its young nucleus.

-- Evan Brunell

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